PN takes over the command of combined Task Force

KARACHI:  Pakistan Navy has taken over the command of Multinational Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) for the sixth time.

The Command was handed over to Pakistan Navy (PN) at a formal and impressive Change of Command ceremony held at Bahrain, a press release of PN said here on Friday.

Commodore Asif Hameed Siddiqui, took over the command of CTF-151 from Rear Admiral Pakorn Wanich of the Royal Thailand Navy. CTF 151 is responsible for counter piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and Horn of Africa under the overall ambit of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). Vice Admiral John W. Miller, the Commander of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), presided over the Change of Command ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, PN CTF-151 Commodore Asif Hameed said that we are passing through uncertain and unpredictable times, where diverse threats are posed to the seagoing community at high seas.

Piracy, although low at the moment, continues to present an intricate and extraordinary threat that still impacts energy security, freedom of navigation, global security and stability.

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