On July 30, France transferred command of Combined Task Force (CTF 150) to Pakistan, after a four month deployment at sea onboard French Ship Var, the CTF 150 flag ship.
This completed France’s 9th command of the Combined Maritime Forces’ multinational maritime security and counter-terrorism task force.
Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas of the Pakistan Navy assumed command of the naval force from Captain René-Jean Crignola (French Navy) at a ceremony held at the Combined Maritime Forces headquarters in Bahrain.
This is the eighth time that the Pakistan Navy has commanded CTF 150. During his career Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas has commanded three missile boats and a destroyer. He has also served as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations), Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans) and Chief Staff Officer to Commander Pakistan Fleet.