UK to lead Gulf joint maritime force CTF150 from April

30 March 2016 (Last Updated March 30th, 2016 18:30)

The UK is set to lead the Gulf joint maritime force from next month to curb piracy, terrorist insurgencies by ISIS, and other terrorist groups and counter smuggling.

Gulf maritime force

The UK is set to lead the Gulf joint maritime force from next month to curb piracy, terrorist insurgencies by ISIS, and other terrorist groups and counter smuggling.

The Combined Task Force (CTF150) led by UK will cover two million square miles, including the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman, which serves as the route for world trade.

The forces will be joined by international partners, including countries that constitute the 31-nation Combined Maritime Forces.

“The UK has strong and growing ties with Qatar and this new defence agreement underlines our commitment to one of our most important regional allies.”

CTF150 will impact incidents ashore including foiling terrorist plots, attacks or moving personnel, weapons or income generating narcotics by means of conducting risk-free methods of attacks.

It will also provide aid to distressed mariners and engage in humanitarian missions.

The announcement will add to the UK's presence in the Middle East, which serves to restore the maritime trade and protects the country's economy by curbing piracy and policing the flow of oil and gas into the ports.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has also signed a new defence cooperation arrangement (DCA) with Qatar to foster closer cooperation on training, exercises and they have also discussed the necessity to curb terrorism occurring in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Fallon added: "The UK has strong and growing ties with Qatar and this new defence agreement underlines our commitment to one of our most important regional allies.

"Last week's attacks in Brussels are a reminder that all of us, the Gulf and Europe, must stand together to defeat Daesh and disrupt its attack planning."

Fallon also has stressed on the importance of fortifying a global coalition to stem the progress of the militant group ISIS, including restricting its ability to conduct attacks in Europe.


Image: UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon with Qatari Defence Minister Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.