SALAAM, Tanzania -- Commodore Charles
McHardie has visited Kenya and Tanzania recently as a
part of a program of East African regional
Commodore McHardie is the Australian
Commander for Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 based in
The visits focused on improving
maritime security in the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)
area of operations by enhancing cooperation,
increasing understanding of the region’s maritime
capabilities, and creating opportunities to build
regional maritime capacity
Commodore McHardie’s visit to
Kenya included an official call with the Commander
Kenya Navy, Major General Ngewa Mukala.
"It is essential that we work
together with the regional states," Commodore
"Our common goal of maritime
security and stability can only be achieved by
continued cooperation and information sharing
between our forces.
"I am extremely grateful to
Major General Mukala for giving up a generous amount
time for a candid conversation about the maritime
security situation in the region."
Commodore McHardie took the
opportunity to meet representatives from a number of
United Nations (UN) organizations while in Nairobi,
including the Political Office for Somalia, the Office
on Drugs and Crime and the Support Office for AMISOM.
"What I found most remarkable
about these organisations is that security and
stability, ashore and at sea, is a common thread and
key measure of success for the international
community across the region," Commodore
"Establishing ongoing channels
for communication ensures we all have the best
possible information to continue on with our
The Commander travelled to Tanzania
where he met the Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Said
During the meeting they discussed how
Tanzania could expand their existing contribution to
regional maritime security and work with CTF 150
assets operating in the region.
Admiral Omar showed vigorous support
of the CMF mission and indicated that the Tanzanian
Peoples Defence Force had a similar mandate.
Admiral Omar said he believed that
the ultimate result, towards which we are all
working, should be success against terrorism,
narcotics smuggling and piracy.
"It has been beneficial for me
to meet with international organisations, regional
authorities and our military partners in the region
to discuss the CTF 150 mission and CMF
objectives," Commodore McHardie said.
"Strong relationships with
regional states are the key to securing an enduring
safe and stable maritime environment".
CTF150 is one of three task forces
operated by CMF involving 27 nations in the naval
The CMF mission is to promote
security, stability and prosperity across the Arabian
Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea and the Indian
The area encompasses some of the world’s
most important shipping lanes.