April 7, 2015
OTTAWA – Canada handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) to France yesterday at a ceremony in Manama, Bahrain. This concludes the second time Canada has commanded one of the Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) multinational maritime forces in the greater Middle East region.
Commodore Brian Santarpia of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) relinquished command to Capitaine de vaisseau René-Jean Crignola of the Marine nationale during a formal change of command ceremony held on board the French Ship Var.
This deployment was part of Operation ARTEMIS, the CAF’s ongoing contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations across the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman and Western Indian Ocean. CTF-150 is one of three multinational naval forces operated by CMF. Through maritime security operations, capacity building activities and regional engagements, CTF-150’s activities deter and deny terrorist organizations from having the free use of the seas to conduct maritime attacks or to transport personnel, weapons or illicit contraband to fund their activities.
- From December 4, 2014, to April 6, 2015, Canada deployed 24 CAF and Department of National Defence personnel to Bahrain to command CTF-150. The Canadian contingent was joined by seven members of the Australian Defence Forces.
- Canada is a long-time contributor to CTF-150 and CMF as a whole, regularly deploying Canadian warships and/or staff to operate with CMF since 2001.
- CTF-150 promotes security, stability and economic prosperity alongside coalition partners in an area that spans over two million square miles and encompasses some of the world’s most important transoceanic shipping routes connecting the Far East to Africa, Europe and North America.
“I congratulate Commodore Santarpia and his team for successfully commanding CTF-150, a multinational coalition that makes a significant contribution to the fight against terrorism and promotes maritime security in a vital region. Canada continues to demonstrate leadership internationally by its participation in CTF-150, recognizing that our economic prosperity and security is dependent on the free and fluid movement of goods and services via the world’s oceans and internal waterways.”
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence
“Canada achieved remarkable success during its combined tour with Australia at the helm of CTF-150. With your sustained efforts, hard work and commitment to the task, you have superbly advanced the cause of maritime security in the region, significantly contributing toward the stability and prosperity on a regional and a global level.”
Vice Admiral John W. Miller, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces
“The partnership with Australia worked extremely well and built on our respective strengths and experience. Both of our navies excel at maritime security operations and have been able to share lessons learned and benefit from this cooperative arrangement. Both our nations can be very proud of the outstanding work achieved during our command of CTF-150.”
Commodore Brian Santarpia, outgoing Commander Combined Task Force 150
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