Islamabad, June 11-13, 2019 – The Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, visited Pakistan to meet with military officials. His visit coincided with a visit of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason to the port of Karachi. The ship’s visit served to enhance the interoperability of U.S. and Pakistani naval forces, which work together on the multinational Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150). CTF 150’s goal is to disrupt terrorist organizations and their related illegal activities in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean, and Gulf of Oman. Since Pakistan assumed command of CTF 150 from Canada in April 2019, the task force has interdicted several million dollars’ worth of illegal narcotics.
Vice Admiral Malloy visited Islamabad and Karachi, meeting with Chief of Naval Staff Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and other Pakistani naval officers to discuss military-to-military relations and joint collaboration in the region, such as through CTF 150.
U.S. Mission Pakistan
For Immediate Release
Contact: U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (051-201-5427, 051-201-4723)