Pakistan Navy has handed over Command of multinational Combined Task Force 150 (CMF-150) to Royal Canadian Navy on, at an impressive change of command ceremony held at Headquarters US Naval centeral Command (NAVCENT) at Bahrain.
Commodore Bilal Abdul Nasir SI (M) handed over command of CTF- 150 to Commodore Haydn Edmondson at the change of command ceremony held, Pakistan Navy’s news release stated here on Friday. Several high-ranking civilian and military officials from coalition countries graced the occasion.
Pakistan Ambassador to Bahrain Javed Malik and MR Thomas Macdonald, Canadian Ambassador to Bahrain were also present to witness the ceremony. At the start of the ceremony, Commodore Bilal Abdul Nasir SI(M), outgoing CCTF-150 presented resume of CTF-150’s recent accomplishments in which he applauded the whole hearted support and cooperation of coalition partners, which enabled him to discharge his duties in the most professional manner.
He highlighted that relations between Pakistan Navy and coalition navies are continuously strengthening due to the focused commitments in support of Collaborative Maritime Security in the region. Outgoing CCTF, in his remarks mentioned that since 2004, Pakistan has been providing ships and aircraft to the ever-ready coalition of capable forces with a commitment to provide security and stability in the maritime environment.
“It can be said with confidence that Pakistan’s continuous contribution to CMF for more than a decade has been mutually beneficial for Pakistan Navy, CMF and other partner nations,” he added. Pakistan Navy has tried to sincerely participate in entire spectrum of operations aimed at bringing peace and stability to the region.
Pakistan remains stead fast, resolute and determined to take the fight against terrorism and illicit activities to its logical conclusion.
While appreciating the accomplishment of Pakistan Navy, Commander US Naval Forces Vice Admiral Kevin M Donegan as chief guest, congratulated Pakistan Navy contingent for a job well done.—APP