At CCTF151 Change of Command Ceremony,
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Admiral Donegan, Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
– Assalamu Alaykum, Konichiwa, good afternoon!
It is my great honor to stand before you as the successor to a great lineage of Commanders who have contributed to establishing and maintaining regional Maritime Security, Freedom of Navigation, and grobal maritime commerce through highly effective Counter Piracy operations in this important region.
Today I take over command from Commodore Muhammad Shuaib (Pakistan Navy) and I would like to congratulate and pay him and his staff the highest compliments on their highly successful accomplishments during their CTF151 mission: I wish you all a very safe trip home to Pakistan and other countries.
This is the second opportunity for the Japan Self Defense Forces’ personnel to assume the command of CTF151 since May 2015: I am both honored and humbled as I assume the responsibility of leadership of a multinational force; and at the same time I am excited and eager to take on the noble title of Commander Combined Task Force 151. With the great support from our CMF partner nations, I will concentrate all my and my staffs efforts in accomplishing my mission set.
During my tenure, my principles will be C3: or Communication, Cooperation and Commitment.
‘Communication’: is an essential tool in maintaining strong relationships at all levels of the organization. I know effective communications, not only within my CTF151 HQ, but also with other Counter Piracy forces and partners in CMF, will lead to strong teamwork, consistency, and success – particularly under time and resource pressures. We must utilize all methods to build shared awareness, understanding and maximum support to Counter Piracy operations, as well as wider Maritime Security, from the Strategic to the Tactical levels. This includes engagement with merchant shipping and Fishing communities to offer re-assurance, deterrence and maritime domain awareness.
‘Co-operation’: is an indispensable element for the success of our Counter Piracy mission. In my role as Counter Piracy Coordinator, I believe that cooperation between us in CMF, EUNAVFOR, independent deployers and all counterpiracy stakeholders is vital in the collaborative fight against piracy on the high seas. Cooperation in Counter Piracy tactics and procedures is essential to the successful implementation of a robust and seamless regional effort.
‘Commitment’: is a decisive factor in maintaining global and regional Maritime Security. Commitment to Best Management Practices, Freedom of Navigation, Counter Piracy procedures and the International Rule of Law are all required for ensuring the effective maritime trade to support the region, and the world. Our strong and cohesive commitment now will deter piracy in the region, and continue until the piracy threat has been reduced to such a degree that regional nation’s forces alone can manage. To that end, capacity building with each of these nations is fundamental, and my commitment will be to prioritize and invest CTF151 time and resource in to those countries where training will reap long term rewards.
Since 2013, Japan has adopted the concept of ‘Proactive Contribution to Peace through International Cooperation’ as the basic principle for our national security strategy. Therefore, as a maritime nation, Japan will continue to play a leading role in establishing global maritime security. Our taking command of CTF151 to counter piracy in the region is an expression of our positive and strong determination to stand up and be recognized as a globally focused nation.
It is my great privilege to serve alongside my highly professional staff of 24, representing 11 different countries, headed by Captain Simon Staley Royal Navy (as my Chief of Staff). We, the Japan led CTF151, will make the utmost effort to accomplish our mission showing communication, cooperation and commitment, and continue the excellent work that the 31 members of the CMF under Admiral Donegan’s command already deliver.
Sir, Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for the honor of your presence here at the CTF151 Change of Command; I look forward to engaging and working with you all. Arigato!