Australia Relieves Pakistan in Command of CTF 150

The Pakistan Navy (PN) today handed over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) after conducting a change of command ceremony at CMF Headquarters in Bahrain. Commodore Mal Wise, RAN, assumed command of CTF150 from Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi, PN at a ceremony at CMF headquarters in Bahrain. The ceremony was presided over by Vice Admiral John Aquilino USN, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander US Fifth Fleet and Commander Combined Maritime Forces. The assumption of command of…

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One year later and no lessons learned at Gadani as ACES is set aflame – again!

Shipbreaking plot no. 54 in Gadani, Pakistan, was sealed off November 8th after a massive fire broke out on-board the ship ACES (IMO 8021830). This is the same floating oil production tanker that blew up on 1 November last year – an explosion that caused the death of 31 workers and seriously injured at least another 58 workers. Fortunately, reports seem to indicate that no workers got caught in the flames of yesterday’s fire on the ACES. After having been left untouched and unbroken in the same yard since last…

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Chinese ocean-going naval task group ends visits to 20 countries

A Chinese naval task group on an ocean-going visit mission came back to a naval port in Zhoushan City , Zhejiang Province of East China, on Oct 15, after completing its mission of visiting 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. The task group consisted of the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou and the comprehensive supply ship Chaohu. The 176-day-long mission, with a navigational distance of more than 31,000 nautical miles, covered two oceans and three continents. Since its departure on April 23, the Chinese naval task group…

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