The French Navy has taken command of Combined Maritime Forces counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions after conducting a handover ceremony with Canadian Navy personnel.
Capitain René-Jean Crignola of the French Navy assumed command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 from Commodore Brian Santarpia of the Royal Canadian Navy on April 6 at a ceremony on-board the French Ship Var in Bahrain.
For the last 4 months CTF-150 the Canadian Navy, supported by Australian Naval forces, have been working together to deter terrorists and smugglers from using the seas as an avenue to finance crime and terrorist activity.
CTF 150 is committed to building maritime counter-terrorism capability in regional navies and to promoting regional security and stability. Its vessels also assist mariners in distress and other humanitarian work as required.