July 16, 2021 – Ottawa – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces
Commodore Dan Charlebois of the Royal Canadian Navy transferred command of the Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) yesterday to Captain Brendon Clark of the Royal New Zealand Navy during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) contribution to CMF, a 34 nation naval partnership that counters illicit non-state actors on the high seas and promotes security, stability, and prosperity across approximately 3.2 million square miles of international waters, is designated Operation ARTEMIS.
Commodore Charlebois took command in January 2021, when Canada deployed 31 CAF personnel and one Department of National Defence civilian employee to CMF’s Headquarters in Bahrain to lead CTF 150. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary and a Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 long-range patrol aircraft air detachment also supported this deployment and greatly contributed to CTF 150’s record-breaking drug seizures over the past six months.
A total of 34 counter-narcotics seizures occurred during Canada’s command of CTF 150, yielding more than 55 000 kg of illicit narcotics and setting records for the number of interdictions and amounts seized by CTF 150. A single interdiction by HMCS Calgary that seized over 1 200 kg of heroin was the largest heroin bust in CMF’s history. Calgary’s 17 drug busts also set a record for the number of seizures made by single ship serving with CMF, with a wholesale value of the seized narcotics being in excess of $90 million (USD).
Commanding CTF 150 reflects Canada’s commitment to work with its partners to tackle the global terrorist threat and demonstrates the confidence of our allies and coalition partners in the CAF’s ability to lead multinational forces.