29 August 2014
Commodore Tony Millar
Command of an international counter-piracy task force is in the hands of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) for the next four months after a Change of Command ceremony in Bahrain overnight (NZ time).
Command of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) was passed from the Republic of Korea Navy to an RNZN Command Staff led by Commodore (CDRE) Tony Millar.
Twelve RNZN staff, an NZ Army lawyer, and three international staff (from Japan, the Netherlands, and Singapore) are now responsible for the operations of the CTF-151 counter-piracy task force, based at the Headquarters Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain. Their role is to coordinate international maritime efforts to disrupt piracy and armed robbery at sea and build regional capacity through the 30 participating nations, as well as Task Groups from NATO and the European Union.
CDRE Millar says that the team is prepared and ready to make a valuable contribution leading maritime security efforts in the region.
“As the vast majority of New Zealand’s trade by value is transferred by sea, maritime security is integral to New Zealand. Our four-month deployment reinforces the NZ Government’s commitment to global maritime security.
“Many of our team have deployed to the Gulf region before and that experience will be invaluable in ensuring that our mission runs smoothly. I am proud to lead our small team, and to make a difference in a large international task force.”
An RNZAF P-3K2 Orion and a detachment of 56 personnel are already deployed in support of the task force's operations in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. Earlier this year, HMNZS TE MANA completed over three months of counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden region.
For more information or to talk to CDRE Tony Millar (photo attached), please contact the Defence Communications Group on 021 487 980.