PAKISTAN NAVY ASSUMES COMMAND OF COMBINED TASK FORCE 151

The Combined Maritime Forces published a blog entry about the change of command ceremony for the CTF-151.

The ceremony marked the end of Turkish Navy’s third command of CTF-151. Turkish Navy has been an active participant to CTF-151 since its foundation in 2009.

I find the following warning of Rear Admiral Karaman very important:

“There has been significant media reporting suggesting that the war on piracy has been won and we should all go home; however, pirates are determined and constantly modifying their behaviour as we adjust our processes to impede their tactics. It is therefore necessary for us to remain vigilant in our counter-piracy operations.”

Similar words of caution was expressed by other commanders of other anti-piracy task forces. Though it has bitten less recently the danger is still there.

Combined Maritime Forces

Commodore Muhammad Hisham, Pakistan Navy relieved Rear Admiral Oguz Karaman Turkish Navy  as Commander Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 (counter-piracy), during a change of command ceremony onboard TCG Gemlik , Mina Salman, Bahrain, 13 December 2012.

The ceremony concluded the Turkish Navy’s third command of CTF 151, which consisted of a multi-national staff embarked in the flagship TCG Gemlik.

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