27 Sep 2011

NZ Navy hands over command of taskforce

7:58 am on 27 September 2011

A Royal New Zealand Navy captain who has been at the helm of an international anti-piracy task force is about to hand over command.

Captain Jim Gilmour took charge of the counter-piracy vessel in the Gulf of Aden in June.

It was the first time in decades that a Royal New Zealand Navy officer had commanded a major multinational task force.

Captain Gilmour says the level of piracy has fallen this year, particularly in the Gulf of Aden, and that has given him a sense of satisfaction.

He says it was a challenge to get a grasp of what was happening in a vast expanse of water.

Command will now be handed over to the Pakistan Navy.