CTF 150 Strength­ens Ties With Saudis

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Com­modore Brian San­tarpia RCN, Com­man­der of Com­bined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), re­cently com­pleted a visit to the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia to fur­ther deepen the co­op­er­a­tion and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) and Com­bined Mar­itime Forces’ (CMF) counter-ter­ror­ism and mar­itime se­cu­rity task force.

Dur­ing his two-day visit, Com­modore San­tarpia met with Vice Ad­mi­ral Ab­dul­lah al-Sultan, Com­man­der Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF), and Rear-Ad­mi­ral Omar Al Thu­bati, Staff Of­fi­cer to the Deputy Com­man­der Western Fleet RSNF and other key lead­ers in both the RSNF head­quar­ters in Riyadh and the Western Fleet in Jeddah.

CMF rec­og­nized Saudi Ara­bia’s over­all con­tri­bu­tion to the lead­er­ship and se­cu­rity of mar­itime safety in the re­gion, and their con­tin­ued ef­forts to pro­vide mo­men­tum to main­tain the se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity through­out the re­gion.

“The op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss re­gional mar­itime se­cu­rity with our Saudi Ara­bian part­ners was very ben­e­fi­cial,” noted Com­modore San­tarpia. “The RSNF bring sig­nif­i­cant re­gional knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences to CMF, which con­trib­ute to a sta­ble mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment and free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion, es­pe­cially in the Red Sea.”

The visit pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for both del­e­ga­tions to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive brief on each other’s com­po­si­tion and ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The dis­cus­sions then fo­cused on the ways each force can work bet­ter to­gether to se­cure the mar­itime safety of the Gulf, Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

“The RSNF re­mains an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to peace, pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion. The pre­sen­ta­tion by our part­ners from Saudi Ara­bia was very in­ter­est­ing, pro­vid­ing an in­sight into the mar­itime ca­pa­bil­i­ties of a key re­gional coun­try. The ex­change of in­for­ma­tion is es­sen­tial to en­hanc­ing the way in which we work to­gether in safe­guard­ing the Mid­dle East wa­ter­ways from ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties,” com­mented Com­modore San­tarpia.

CTF-150’s re­cent visit to Saudi Ara­bia con­tin­ues a se­ries of re­gional en­gage­ments which has seen the lead­er­ship of CTF-150 work­ing to strengthen re­gional part­ner­ships and im­prove in­ter­op­er­abil­ity be­tween CMF ships and air­craft and re­gional naval and mar­itime se­cu­rity forces.

Com­modore San­tarpia wel­comed on deck by mem­bers of the

Royal Saudi Naval Force.

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