The Kuwaiti Coastguard took command of a regional task force in charge of maritime security – the Combined Task Force (CTF) 152.
In a ceremony held at the US Navy base in Juffair, Kuwaiti Coastguard captain Saleh S Alfodary took over from the outgoing commander Royal Saudi Navy captain Abdullah B Albader after a one year tenure.
This is the first time a member nation’s coastguard is assuming command of the task force, which is one of three wings of the Bahrain-based Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).
Bahrain is home to the US Fifth Fleet, which commands the CMF, a multinational naval partnership of 32 nations tasked with protecting international shipping lanes across the region.
The other task forces under the CMF are the CTF 150 that promotes maritime security in order to counter terrorist acts and related illegal activities, and the CTF 151 which is the counter-piracy axis.
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