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by April 1, 2016 General

Islamabad (Online): Pakistan Navy handed over Command of Combined Task Force 151 (Counter Piracy Force) to Republic of Singapore Navy at an elegant Change of Command Ceremony held at Combined Maritime Forces HQs, Bahrain. Rear Admiral Zahid Ilyas handed over the command to Rear Admiral Cheng Kwok Chien. The command handing over ceremony was graced by Chief of Singapore Navy and ambassadors from various countries. Addressing on the occasion Rear Admiral Zahid Ilyas, who has led CTF-151 since 21 December 2015, thanked his staff and the Combined Maritime Force for their support, and said, “Working in this unique multinational naval partnership was immensely a pleasant experience for me and my staff. I had the opportunity to have ships and aircraft from Japan, Republic of Korea and Pakistan in my Task Force and I am thankful for their valued contribution for reassurance to maritime community of freedom of Navigation at sea.