The future Commander of Combined Maritime Forces Task Force 150 (CTF-150), Commodore Brian Santarpia (CAN N), visited NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) to discuss coordination and interaction with NATO forces in the Indian Ocean.
During the visit, Commodore Santarpia met with MARCOM Deputy Commander, Vice Admiral Bruno Paulmier, and MARCOM Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Giorgio Lazio, before sitting down with MARCOM and EU Naval Force staff members for a round table discussion on counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD (NATO) and Operation Atalanta (EU Naval Force).
Vice Admiral Paulmier said:
As Commander of CTF-150, Commodore Santarpia will be in close and frequent coordination with NATO and EU Naval Force warships in the region.
This visit helped to build shared situational awareness and familiarization with NATO and EU Naval Force operations that should pay dividends for all parties in the months ahead.
Commodore Santarpia has experience with NATO throughout his career, to include participation in NATO’s counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR while he was Executive Officer of HMCS HALIFAX, then assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group ONE. He will take command of CTF-150 in early December in Bahrain.
Press release, Image: NATO MARCOM