North Arabian Gulf Area Will Be Responsibility Of Coalition Partner
The area in and around vital Iraq Oil drilling platforms in the Arabian Gulf has been assigned to one of the Coalition Force partners. The British Royal Navy has assumed operational command of the area, relieving the Commander from Australia.
The combined Task Force 158 is a force made up of strategic Naval resources from Coalition partners England, the United States and Australia. The operational command of CTF 158 rotates on a regular basis to senior commanders from each of the participating countries.
The mission of CTF 158 is to make sure that security is maintained around Khawr Al Amaya and Al Basrah oil facilities, and to support the UN resolution 1723, which gives the responsibility for security and safety of Iraqi territorial waters to CTF 158 and the Coalition. The operations of CTF 158 is also at the behest and request of the territorial Iraqi government, and responds to requests for security and police support of the waterways and terminal areas.
“My overall mission remains to be committed to security and stability, and my staff and people have trained hard and are ready to do just that,” said Commodore Duncan Potts. Commodore Potts is the Commander of the Royal Navy who assumed command of CTF 158.
Employed in the security effort are a number of different coalition vessels including a Royal Navy Auxiliary vessel named Cardigan Bay, and a HMS Campeltown Type 22 Royal Navy Frigate.