The Royal Navy has taken command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, an element of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) multi-national naval partnership which is designed to promote security, stability and prosperity across more than three million square miles of international waters.
CTF 150’s principal mission is to disrupt terrorist organisations and their unlawful activities by restricting freedom of manoeuvre at sea. The Task Force has been combating terrorism by tackling the narcotics and weapons smuggling that funds terrorist activities.
Its vessels also assist mariners in distress and undertake other humanitarian work as required. For the last four months, under the command of the Royal Australian Navy, CTF 150 has been working to deter terrorists and smugglers from using the seas as an avenue to finance crime and terrorist activity. There have been four drugs seizures led by HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Darwin.