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LEAD ROLE FOR ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY IN MIDDLE EAST
A Royal Australian
Naval officer has assumed command of one of the most senior Coalition navy
positions in the
As Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 158, Commodore Bruce Kafer AM, CSC, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is in charge of several Coalition ships from the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Iraq and Australia (including HMAS Parramatta), and about 1,000 personnel.
Commodore Kafer has taken command from Rear Admiral
Kendall Card, United States Navy (USN) and is responsible for Maritime Security
Operations (MSO) around the Al Basrah and Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminals (ABOT
and KAAOT) in the
At the change of command ceremony Commodore Kafer congratulated Rear Admiral Card and his staff on their excellent work in command of CTF 158 for the last four months.
“My team and I are now looking forward to carrying on the important work of maintaining maritime security in the Northern Persian Gulf, in partnership with our Coalition and Iraqi partners,” stated Commodore Kafer.
“I appreciate that this mission is a significant challenge, but I am fortunate and privileged to lead a capable and experienced team, so I am confident that we will meet all challenges directly and professionally”.
This is the fourth occasion that the RAN has been given the responsibility for this important command and is indicative of the Coalition’s high regard for the RAN’s professionalism.
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