Pakistan Navy assumes charge of international anti-terror naval force from UK
The Pakistan Navy has taken over command of a multi-national naval counter-terrorism coalition force from the UK Royal Navy.
The change of command of the Combined Task Force-150 took place on Thursday at the United States Naval Forces Central Command Headquarters in Bahrain.
According to the Dawn, Commodore Sajid Mahmood will command the CTF-150. He takes over from UK Royal Navy Commodore Jeremy Blunden.
Pakistan has previously commanded the CTF-150 six times.
The CTF-150 is responsible for promoting maritime security by countering terrorist acts and related illegal activities which terrorists use to fund or conceal their movements.
The participating countries are: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US. The command is rotated among the nations for four to six months' terms.
The force's area of operation spans over two million square miles, covering the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.
(Posted on 15-08-2014)