‘Interesting and satisfying deployment’ for UK led CTF 151

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)

As the UK led command team of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) task group Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 prepare to hand over to a Danish led command team, the outgoing staff reflect on the achievements of the past four months.

After a period of training, the UK led multinational team deployed to Bahrain in late August to prepare for the Change of Command with outgoing staff from Pakistan. The formal handover took place on 5 September at Naval Support Activity Bahrain and RFA Fort Victoria with embarked staff sailed a few days later to the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa to begin coordination of the CMF counter piracy mission.

The new staff was the first to command CTF 151 from afloat, consecutively using two UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships as flagships and command hubs. The 23 embarked and two shoreside UK Royal Navy staff were…

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