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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release #190-09

Combined Task Force 152 Holds Change of Command

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brianna K. Dandridge

MANAMA, Bahrain – United Arab Emirates Navy Staff Col. Tareq Khalfan A. Al Zaabi relieved Royal Navy Commodore Tim Lowe, Nov 9, as Commodore, Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 in a ceremony held in the United Arab Emirates.

Lowe reflecting on the challenges and many benefits of this command tenure, stressed the importance of being a part of the coalition as it enabled full integration of Combined Maritime Force (CMF) partner nations to complement the regional counter-terrorism and security efforts.

“The tactical front line unit level, the operational Naval Operations Centre and the strategic engagement between our navies all contribute towards maritime security in the region,” said Lowe.

Established in March 2004, CTF 152 coordinates engagement activities with regional partners, conducts Maritime Security Operations, and is prepared to respond to any crisis inside the Arabian Gulf.

Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, Commander, CMF, said maritime security is a meaningful responsibility.

“Our coalition forces are at the forefront of Maritime Security Operations at sea,” he said. “We are committed to maintaining stability and security in the region because it supports global commerce.”

Gortney also praised Lowe for his accomplishments as task force commander.

“This ceremony marks the end of Commodore Lowe’s command of CTF 152. Not only did he engage with coalition leadership throughout the region, but he and his staff have laid the groundwork for the establishment of a core CTF 152 staff,” he said.

CTF 152 engages with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations and their naval, coastguard and infrastructure protection agencies to limit illegal activities and defeat destabilizing activities in the Arabian Gulf, as well as in their own territorial waters.

CTF 152 also conducts Maritime Security Operations to help improve security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity. These operations further complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of GCC nations and seek to impede the use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or other illicit maritime activities.

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091109-N-0000H-123 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Royal Navy Commodore Tim Lowe, right, outgoing commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, stands attention next to United Arab Emirates Navy Rear Adm. Ahmed Hassan al-Teaiji, left, during a change of command ceremony held at Abu Dhabi Naval Base Headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2009. Lowe was relieved by United Arab Emirates Navy Staff Col. Tareq Khalfan A. Al Zaabi as the commander of CTF 152, which conducts maritime security operations with regional partners in the Arabian Gulf. (Royal Navy photo by Leading Airman (Phot) Stuart Hill/RELEASED)

091109-N-0000H-123 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Royal Navy Commodore Tim Lowe, right, outgoing commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, stands attention next to United Arab Emirates Navy Rear Adm. Ahmed Hassan al-Teaiji, left, during a change of command ceremony held at Abu Dhabi Naval Base Headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2009. Lowe was relieved by United Arab Emirates Navy Staff Col. Tareq Khalfan A. Al Zaabi as the commander of CTF 152, which conducts maritime security operations with regional partners in the Arabian Gulf. (Royal Navy photo by Leading Airman (Phot) Stuart Hill/RELEASED).

091109-N-0000H-059 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates Navy Staff Col. Tareq Khalfan A. Al Zaabi, left, and United Arab Emirates Army Brig. Gen. Ahmed Bin Tahnoon Bin Mohammad Al-Nahayan stand at attention while U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Bill Gortney, commander, Combined Maritime Forces, salutes during the Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 change of command ceremony held at Abu Dhabi Naval Base Headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2009. Col. Al Zaabi relieved Royal Navy Commodore Tim Lowe as the commander of CTF 152, which conducts maritime security operations with regional partners in the Arabian Gulf. (Royal Navy photo by Leading Airman (Phot) Stuart Hill/RELEASED)

091109-N-0000H-059 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates Navy Staff Col. Tareq Khalfan A. Al Zaabi, left, and United Arab Emirates Army Brig. Gen. Ahmed Bin Tahnoon Bin Mohammad Al-Nahayan stand at attention while U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Bill Gortney, commander, Combined Maritime Forces, salutes during the Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 change of command ceremony held at Abu Dhabi Naval Base Headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2009. Col. Al Zaabi relieved Royal Navy Commodore Tim Lowe as the commander of CTF 152, which conducts maritime security operations with regional partners in the Arabian Gulf. (Royal Navy photo by Leading Airman (Phot) Stuart Hill/RELEASED)

091109-N-0000H-054 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Royal Navy Commodore Tim Lowe, outgoing commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, watches as his flag is folded during a change of command ceremony held at Abu Dhabi Naval Base Headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2009. Lowe was relieved by United Arab Emirates Navy Staff Col. Tareq Khalfan A. Al Zaabi as the commander of CTF 152. This task force has conducted maritime security operations with regional partners in the Arabian Gulf since it was established in March 2004. (Royal Navy photo by Leading Airman (Phot) Stuart Hill/RELEASED).

091109-N-0000H-054 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Royal Navy Commodore Tim Lowe, outgoing commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 152, watches as his flag is folded during a change of command ceremony held at Abu Dhabi Naval Base Headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2009. Lowe was relieved by United Arab Emirates Navy Staff Col. Tareq Khalfan A. Al Zaabi as the commander of CTF 152. This task force has conducted maritime security operations with regional partners in the Arabian Gulf since it was established in March 2004. (Royal Navy photo by Leading Airman (Phot) Stuart Hill/RELEASED).

 

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