Commodore Brian Santarpia from the Royal Canadian Navy, the current Commander of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), recently returned to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) headquarters in Bahrain after a visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Commodore Santarpia recognised the strong commitment and contribution to CMF operations from the Jordanian Armed Forces during the visit.
He met with Brigadier-General Qasem Fadeel Nahar Tanashat, the Commander of the Royal Jordanian Navy, and Brigadier-General Bassam Harat, the Deputy Chief of Joint Operations Directorate. Commodore Santarpia and the Jordanian officials discussed how challenges to maritime security in the region can be better addressed through mutual cooperation, especially in the conduct of maritime security operations in the northern Red Sea.
While in the Jordanian coastal city of Aqaba, Commodore Santarpia met with the crew of British warship HMS Kent, who were conducting a port visit after a period of time supporting CTF-150 and CMF’s counter-piracy task force CTF-151.