A team comprising British and French naval personnel has successfully completed the joint command of Combined Maritime Forces' (CMF) Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150).
CTF150 has been established to fight terrorism, stop trafficking and offer security, and is part of a multinational effort that operates in an area spanning over two million square miles, covering the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and the Northern Indian Ocean.
The UK-led, Bahrain-based command team is made up of 24 British and French sailors, and has conducted a series of counter-terror missions over the last five months.
It has also dealt with drug trafficking and arms smuggling in the Indian Ocean.
UK, French, US and Australian warships carried out a total of eight drugs busts inside the area of operation, with the British Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Monmouth alone destroying 265kg of heroin and 455kg of hashish.
UK Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster said: “The successful joint command of CTF150, supporting our French allies, has demonstrated Britain’s firm commitment to global maritime security.
“From the joint leadership of this multinational task force to fighting side by side against Daesh, the UK and France are continuing to build on our historic defence relationship as we work to tackle terror on the global scale.”
The UK-French team are scheduled to pass on command to the Pakistan Navy this month.
A team of British and French personnel commanded by a Royal Navy officer will then resume control of CTF150 in 2019.