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(center left) General Patrick de Rousiers and (center right) General Mikhail Kostarakos

Closing ceremony of EUFOR RCA

23/03/2015

A closing ceremony was held on the 23 March in the EUFOR RCA OHQ in Larissa, Greece.

UN Security Council Visits EUFOR RCA in Bangui

UN Security Council Visits EUFOR RCA in Bangu

16/03/2015

A mission of the United Nations Security Council visited EUFOR last week in order to assess the situation in the Central African Republic. Representatives of the 15 members of the organization currently chaired by France arrived in Bangui for a 48 hours stay, and attended meetings with transition authorities and the international community.

GOODBYE EUFOR, WELCOME EUMAM

GOODBYE EUFOR, WELCOME EUMAM

15/03/2015

After 11 months of intensive operations EUFOR RCA has successfully completed its mission in Bangui and all components have left the Central African Republic to return to their countries, but at the same time the European mission EUMAM is deployed, to facilitate the reorganization of the Central African armed forces. After having handed over the responsibility of the airport one the 17th of November, EUFOR has transferred the responsibility of both 3rd and 5th districts to MINUSCA on the 28th of February, at a symbolic parade with all International Forces and Transitional Authorities.

Catherine Samba Panza awared EUFOR commanding Generals

Catherine Samba-Panza awarded EUFOR RCA commanding Generals

12/03/2015

General Philippe Pontiès and General Jean Marc Bacquet – respectively the Operational and Force Commanders of EUFOR RCA – were decorated last Thursday with the “Central African recognition medal”, for their exceptional service with the European Union military mission.

Mission accomplished for French Contingent of EUFOR RCA  and for the representatives of Netherlands and Hungary

Mission accomplished for the French Contingent of EUFOR RCA and for the representatives of Netherlands and Hungary

12/03/2015

With a simple but exciting farewell ceremony held in camp Ucatex, ended the mission for the French contingent and for the representatives of Netherlands and Hungary.

Chief of Staff of  EUFOR RCA OHQ, Brigadier General Christos Drivas, wellcoming the Greek MoD

Press Release on the visit of the Hellenic Minister of Defence, Panos Kammenos, to the EUFOR RCA Operation Headquarters

03/03/2015

The Hellenic Minister of Defence, Panos Kammenos, accompanied by a high-ranking Greek military delegation, visited the European Union Operation Headquarters, in Larissa.

Farewell ceremony of EUFOR RCA  Italian Contingent

Mission accomplished for Spanish, Polish Finnish and Italian Contingents of EUFOR RCA

01/03/2015

On the 26 February a festive medal parade was celebrated at the EUFOR RCA Operation Headquarters (EUFOR RCA OHQ) in Larissa, decorating 31 soldiers serving at the OHQ.

Visit of the Sub Secretary of Chilean Ministry of Defence, Mr Renán Fuentealba Vildósola to the EUFOR RCA Operation Headquarters

28/02/2015

The Chilean Sub Secretary of Defence, Mr Renán Fuentealba Vildósola, accompanied by a high-ranking Chilean civil-military delegation, visited the European Union Operation Headquarters in Larissa.

EUFOR RCA organised reconciliation talks in Bangui

28/02/2015

EUFOR RCA met community members of District 3 and 5 in Bangui to talk on reconciliation, security and development.

EUFOR RCA Operation Commander, Major General Philippe Pontiès, addressing to the OHQ Staff during the Medal Parade

Pro Pace Unum - United for Peace

26/02/2015

On the 26 February a festive medal parade was celebrated at the EUFOR RCA Operation Headquarters (EUFOR RCA OHQ) in Larissa, decorating 31 soldiers serving at the OHQ.

The Chief of Staff of EUFOR RCA OHQ, welcoming the Polish delegation, during the COS update meeting

Visit of Polish Land Operation Center-Land Component Command delegation, to EUFOR RCA OHQ

23/02/2015

On the 23 February 2015, Deputy Chief of Staff and head of G6 of PL LOC-LCC Krakow, visited the European Union Operation Headquarters based in Larissa.

European MPs visit EUFOR RCA in Bangui

21/02/2015

Bangui (Central African Republic), 21 February 2015 – A Delegation of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament – Subcommitee on Security and Defence – paid a visit to the UCATEX compound, home to the European Union Military Force operating in the Central African Capital EUFOR RCA.

The President of the Central African Republic pays tribute to EUFOR RCA troops during a visit to the European Union Force in Bangui

13/02/2015

Bangui (Central African Republic), 13 February 2015 – The President of the Central African Republic, Mme Catherine Samba-Panza, visited the UCATEX compound, home to the European Union Military Force commanded by Brigadier General Bacquet today.

Transfer of Authority ceremony of the Multinational Battalion of EUFOR RCA

Black Storks take over from Bisons in Bangui

11/02/2015

Bangui, 09 February 2015 – French soldiers of the Régiment de Marche du Tchad have relieved their comrades of the126th Infantry Regiment, after 4 months of demanding operational routine, within the Multinational Battalion based in Bangui.

EUFOR RCA Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), Colonel Thomas, briefing the Netherlands Defence Attaché, Colonel Blom

Visit of Netherlands Defence Attaché, Colonel Johannes Gerardus Blom, to EUFOR RCA Operation Headquarters

11/02/2015

Larissa, 11 of February 2015 - The Defence Attaché of Netherlands for Greece and Italy, Colonel Johannes Gerardus Blom, visited the European Union Operation Headquarters based in Larissa.

EUFOR RCA OHQ Director of CIS, Colonel Nikolaos Fanios, welcoming EDA representative, Mr Jure Bauer

European Defence Agency, cooperating for the 3rd time with EUFOR RCA Operation Headquarters, in Larissa

03/02/2015

Larissa 3 & 4 February 2015 – Today European Defence Agency (EDA), in close cooperation with EUFOR RCA Operation Headquarters (EUFOR RCA OHQ) in Larissa, concluded a 2 day seminar on Communications Support of the EU-led Operation in Central African Republic (CAR).

Bridging unity in Bangui

29/01/2015

The ‘Unity Bridge’ – a 24 meter span military structure implemented by EUFOR RCA - has been inaugurated on the 29 January in Bangui.

OHQ Chief of Staff addressing the Staff during the visit  of SE FHQ NBG15 delegation

A delegation of Swedish Force Headquarters Nordic Battlegroup 15, visits EUFOR RCA Operation Headquarters in Larissa

27/01/2015

Larissa 27 January 2015 – Today a delegation from the Swedish Force Headquarters Nordic Battlegroup 15 (SE FHQ NBG 15), based in Stockholm  , visited EUFOR RCA Operation Headquarters (EUFOR RCA OHQ) in Larissa, Greece.

EUFOR RCA Italian Engineers during the placement of the light metallic bridge

EUFOR RCA engineers restore a road in Bangui

15/01/2015

EUFOR RCA has restored an important axis of communication in Bangui, in the framework of the improvement of circulation and security in the districts of the Central African Republic Capital city.

Czech troop during the training

The EUFOR-RCA bridge project steps forward with training and test sessions

08/01/2015

With the supervision of qualified Czech military engineers, assembly tests of the TMS modular metallic bridge were positively achieved by the Italian Mountain Troops Engineers detachment of EUFOR RCA.

EUFOR RCA FHQ Comander inspecting the troops during the medal parade

EUFOR-RCA soldiers awarded with the European Union service medal

31/12/2014

General Jean Marc Bacquet (Force Commanders of EUFOR RCA) awarded last Wednesday  230  European Soldiers with the ‘Common Security and Defense Policy Service Medal’, for their qualified service with a European Union military mission

Poland rotates its contingent after a successful tour of Mission

20/12/2014

Fifty Polish Soldiers of EUFOR-RCA ended successfully their tour of mission and were replaced by new troops.

Multinational Battalion Commander of EUFOR RCA along with  representatives of Bangui’s Districts 3 and 5.

Community members of District 3 and 5 meet with Eufor RCA to discuss about reconciliation, security and development

20/12/2014

Forty representatives of Bangui’s communities and authorities from Districts 3 and 5, gathered last Saturday in an attempt to discuss about reconciliation initiatives, security and economic development.

Young people of Bangui receiving training from EOD team

EUFOR RCA specialists team provides Bangui's young people awareness training on the danger of explosives

19/12/2014

A training sessions of awareness on the threat of unexploded bombs, provided to over four hundred young people of Bangui, was completed today by the Finnish Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team of EUFOR-RCA.

(from left to right) Gen. Jean Marc Bacquet and Gen. Thierry Lion

EUFOR RCA has a new Force Commander

17/12/2014

French General Jean Marc Bacquet is from today the new Force Commander of the European Union military mission in the Central African Republic. He took over command from General Thierry Lion, who led the EU Force for over eight months.

TMS Bridge modules uploaded from the AN-124 chartered by Sweden

EUFOR RCA receives modular bridge components from the Czech Republic

15/12/2014

The components of the Polish-made TMS metallic bridge provided by the Czech Republic were received in Bangui by the Multinational Joint Logistic Cell of EUFOR RCA.

Colonel Jari Kytola, Senior National Representative of Finland to EL-EU OHQ, addressing to the Staff

EUFOR RCA OHQ celebrated the Independence Day of Finland

06/12/2014

This morning, EUFOR RCA OHQ celebrated, in Larissa,  Finland's Independence Day with a modest ceremony.

Wounded role player recued bu EUFOR medics

EUFOR-RCA tests its emergency response procedures in Bangui

06/12/2014

EUFOR RCA FHQ performed an Emergency Response Procedures Exercise on last 6 December in Bangui.

Spanish Special Forces soldier interacting with a local kid.

A new Spanish contingent in Bangui

30/11/2014

Bangui 30 November 2014 – New Spanish Special Operations Forces and Guardia Civil elements have been deployed last Sunday in Bangui to replace those who have been serving with EUFOR-RCA in the last months.

Operation commander French Major General Philippe Pontiès inspecting the staff.

Pro Pace Unum - United for Peace

29/11/2014

Larissa 29 November 2014 – Today at the Hellenic EU Operation Headquarters (EL – EU OHQ) in Larissa a festive medal parade was celebrated, decorating 63 soldiers serving at the OHQ.

Photo from the Handover Ceremony of the German  Contingent.

German Staff Officers of EUFOR RCA Force Headquarters rotate after 6 months of duty in Bangui

28/11/2014

Bangui 28 November 2014 – German  Staff Officers of EUFOR RCA Force Headquarters  are being replaced after serving in Bangui for the last 6 months.

Youngsters from Bangui cleaning the canal Y

EUFOR-RCA supports public works conducted in Bangui by young people through a EU-funded project

25/11/2014

The Italian Engineers of EUFOR-RCA have completed by means of machines and trucks the cleaning of a portion of the water channel crossing Bangui’s 3rd and 5th districts, working in close cooperation with hundreds of young people employed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the framework of a project funded by the European Union Delegation.

Latvian foot patrol in Bangui.

The Latvian Soldiers of EUFOR successfully accomplished their mission in support of peace, security and transition to MINUSCA

23/11/2014

Bangui 23 November 2014 – Today the Latvian soldiers successfully completed their Mission in Bangui.

Brigadier General Christos Drivas addressing OHQ Staff

EUFOR RCA OHQ celebrated the Hellenic Armed Forces Day

21/11/2014

Larissa 21 November 2014 - This morning, EUFOR RCA OHQ celebrated the Hellenic Armed forces Day with a brief ceremony.

Family photo of the visit of the Hellenic MoD at the EUFOR RCA OHQ.

Visit of the Hellenic Minister of Defence, Nikolaos Georgios Dendias, to the Hellenic EU Operation Headquarters in Larissa (Greece)

18/11/2014

On Tuesday 18 November 2014, the Hellenic Minister of Defence, Nikolaos Georgios Dendias, accompanied by a military delegation of high-ranking Greek officers, visited the European Union Operation Headquarters based in Larissa.

Photo from the site that the cannabis plants were found by EUFOR RCA and ISF forces.

EUFOR RCA successfully supported a counter - narcotics operations executed by the Central African Republic Internal Security Forces

18/11/2014

Bangui 18 November 2014 - This afternoon EUFOR RCA Integrated Police Unit supported the Central African Internal Security Forces by theirs intervention on Lieutenant Koudokou Avenue, to terminate the drug-trafficking activity organized by 15 youngsters. 

EUFOR and MINUSCA Force Commanders mark the transfer of authority

EUFOR RCA hands over to MINUSCA the security framework of Bangui's M'Poko International Airport

17/11/2014

On the 17 November 2014, the EUFOR RCA Forces handed over in Bangui to the MINUSCA UN Mission in Central Africa, the security framework of the International Airport of Bangui.

“Bisons” of EUFOR RCA, planning their actions

Patrolling Bangui with the “Bisons”

11/11/2014

“Bisons” is the   nickname of the French 126th Infantry Regiment, that is providing troops to the Multinational Battalion of EUFOR-RCA, along with Latvian and Georgian soldiers.

EUFOR RCA OHQ Staff saluting, in a moment of silence held for the first casualty of the operation

A moment of remembrance

10/11/2014

A moment of silence for the death of Corporal Heiarii Moana.

EUFOR RCA CIMIC team and Engineers, meet mayor of the 5th District

Finland is a specialist contributor to the EUFOR RCA operation deployed in Bangui, as it provides the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) experts and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operators.

30/10/2014

Finland is a specialist contributor to the EUFOR RCA operation deployed in Bangui, as it provides the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) experts and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operators.

Journalists invited in Bangui, accompanied by EUFOR RCA and EEAS Public Information Officers

Five leading European Media concluded yesterday a 3-day visit to the Force Headquarters of EUFOR-RCA in Bangui

21/10/2014

Five leading   European Media concluded 3-days  visit (18-21 October 2014) to the Force Headquarters of   EUFOR-RCA in Bangui

Italian contingent awarded

160 EUFOR RCA soldiers awarded with the European Union service medal

20/10/2014

General Philippe Pontiès and General Thierry Lion – respectively the Operational and Force Commanders of EUFOR RCA – awarded last Sunday 140 European Soldiers with the "Common Security and Defense Policy Service Medal", for their qualified service with a European Union military mission.

The EL-EU OHQ Operation Commander, Chief of Staff and Spanish SNR and Contigent, at the hoisting of the Spanish flag ceremony

Spanish National Day celebrated at EUFOR RCA OHQ

10/10/2014

10 October 2014, Celebration of the Spanish National Day took place at EUFOR RCA OHQ, in Larissa Greece.

Join patrol of local Police and EUFOR RCA Gendarmerie

Bangui: 7 individuals arrested by the central african police of 5th district – with EUFOR support

02/10/2014

Last Thursday (02 Oct 2014), Forces of the newly operational 5th District Police Station, arrested 7 individuals who were dealing narcotics and had in their possession a hand grenade. The operation was supported by EUFOR.

EUFOR patrol in Bangui

EUFOR-RCA Forces in support of local government, along with Blue Helmets

28/09/2014

EUFOR RCA forces deployed along with MINUSCA Units in support of the local authorities

Pre Exercise briefing

EUFOR Medical Staff test first-aid and evacuation procedures exercise

27/09/2014

A medical training exercise took place last Saturday (27 September) in UCATEX, with the purpose of training the newly deployed French medical team of EUFOR Multinational Battalion

Serbian Medical personel

Serbian Medical Team deployed in Bangui

24/09/2014

On Wednesday  the 24 September 2014, a qualified Serbian Medical Team has joined EUFOR RCA in Bangui.

Protocol Photo from the visit

Ambassadors and Defence Attachés visit to the EU Operations Headquarters in Larissa

23/09/2014

On Thursday the 23 September 2014, the Ambassadors from 25 European Union countries and Georgia, accompanied by their Defence Attachés, visited the EU Operations Headquarters based in Larissa, Greece; the Formation responsible for the European Union Mission in the Central African Republic.

DG of EUMS General Wolfgang Wosolsobe briefed by the FHQ Commander General Thierry Lion

The Director of the EU Military Staff, visits EUFOR RCA in Bangui

23/09/2014

On  the 23 September 2014, the Director General of the European Union Military Staff, General Wolfgang Wosolsobe has paid a two-day visit to the Force Headquarters of EUFOR RCA in Bangui.

Photo from the coordination meeting of the multinational police force © LTC Mario Renna

Joint patrols in Bangui

16/09/2014

EUFOR Police Forces were joined yesterday by United Nations Blue Berets for the first joint patrolling activity in Bangui.

A football match was held last Sunday in Bangui, between an EUFOR RCA team and a selection of players from all districts of Bangui

Football for peace

14/09/2014

A football match was played last Sunday in Bangui, between an EUFOR RCA team and a selection of players from all Districts of the Capital, with an attendance of over 1,000 people that spontaneously gathered to watch the game.

EUFOR RCA Italian engineers working on a canal in the 5th district

EUFOR RCA support malaria prevention

12/09/2014

EUFOR RCA support malaria prevention, with the rehabilitation of a water canal in Bangui.

EUFOR RCA italian engineers in Bangui's M'Poko airport

24/7 Patrol in Bangui

08/09/2014

24/7 is the distinctive mark of EUFOR RCA, meaning a continuous presence in the Central African Republic Capital city, around the clock and every day of the week for three months now.

EUFOR engineers improve access to Bangui airport

02/09/2014

Italian Engineers of EUFOR RCA completed yesterday the improvement works of the access to M’Poko Airport in Bangui.

Mission accomplished for the Estonian contingent of EUFOR, while the Italian Engineers deploy to Bangui

28/08/2014

Double event on the 28 August 2014 in Bangui for EUFOR: the Estonian contingent left Bangui after four months of intensive and excellent job in contributing to establish a safe environment and protect the population, while the Italian Engineers detachment completed its deployment in the Capital.

About 3000 CAR people marched from all over the city to the stadium to listen to the speech of Interim President Samba Panza.

March of Peace in Bangui challenged EUFOR RCA

10/08/2014

Bangui, 9th of August, the European Union military Headquarters of the EUFOR troops to Central Africa Republic contributed troops and the Joint Coordination Centre to organize and provide the security of the Bangui March of Peace ending in a final ceremony with around 3,000 people in the stadium of Bangui to listen to the speech of the President.

The UCATEX military compound under construction short before accomplishment.

The great UCATEX story

01/08/2014

Bangui – Larissa, 1st of August 2014, the Force Commander of the European Union Forces to Bangui, Central Africa Republic, the French Brigadier General Thierry Lion reports to the superior Operation Headquarters that all 750 EUFOR RCA troops as well as the Force Headquarters are fully accommodated in the UCATEX military camp in Bangui. Within only 90 days a “little but perfect town” has been built up from zero and approximately 5,000 km far from Europe.

General Mario Daubenfeld (right) and  Brigadier General Christos Drivas (second from right) General Major Phillipe Ponties (third from the right) General Mikhail Kostarakos (second from left) briefed by the director of the Joint Operation Center Spanish Major Alberto Torres (left)

High ranking visit in EU headquarters in Larissa

01/08/2014

On Thursday, 31st of July 2014 the Luxembourgian Chief of Defense, General Mario Daubenfeld accompanied by his Greek equivalent, General Mikhail Kostarakos visited the Operation Headquarters of the European Union Mission for the Central African Republic, seated in Larissa, Greece.

Expert, Anna Maria Osula from the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence informing the staff of EUFOR RCA Operation Headquarters

Cyber Awareness - from being aware to being capable

31/07/2014

Larissa, 29th to 31st of July, an innovative seminar coping with Cyber Awareness took place at the top military Operation Headquarters of the European Union to plan and command and control EUFOR troops in Bangui, capital of Central Africa Union. 

Presentation of the EUFOR RCA emblem by the Operation Commander, French General Major Phillipe Ponties (left)  to the Belgian Ambassador Van den Reeck (middle) accompanied by the Belgian Senior National Representative to the EU OHQ, Lieutenant Colonel Fred Linotte.

Belgian National Day celebration in Greece

22/07/2014

Larissa, 22nd of July, the Belgian Ambassador Van Den Reeck visited the Operation Headquarters of the European Union mission to Central Africa Republic EUFOR RCA to get informed about the mission and to celebrate the Belgian National Day together with the Belgian personnel to the OHQ as well as with another 19 Nations representing the top military headquarters in Larissa, Greece.

Signing ceremony in Bangui, EU Delegation: -Chief of EU Delegation to Bangui, Jean-Pierre Reymondet-Commoy (left, signing the agreement) -Prime Minister of CAR, Andre Nzapayeke (right, signing the agreement) -Chairman of the EU Military Committee, General Patrick de Rousiers (standing left) -Interim President of CAR, Catherine Samba Panza (standing in the middle) -EU Operation Commander, Major General Phillipe Ponties (standing right)

The 1st of its kind - Detainee Transfer Agreement signed

18/07/2014

On 18 July 2014 representatives of the European Union (EU) and the Central African Republic (CAR )signed an agreement on the transfer of persons detained by EUFOR RCA operation.

General Richard Rossmanith signing the quest book of the EU Operation Headquarters EUFOR RCA in Larissa, Greek

“To experience from each other”

16/07/2014

On Wednesday 16 July 2014, the Commander of the Multinational Joined Headquarters Ulm, the very high ranking German Lieutenant General Richard Rossmanith visited the Hellenic Operation Headquarters of the European Union in Larissa, Greece.

In the background there is the Antonov 225 getting unloaded by the troops of EUFOR RCA . The Antonov 225 is the biggest air carrier ever build, the maximum payload is 253 tons. At the foreground some of the  military vehicles of EUFOR RCA

EU Strategic airlift to Central Africa

11/07/2014

On the 1st of April 2014 the European Union took the decision to launch a military mission in Central Africa Republic (RCA). Only 2,5 months later the 800 strong EUFOR RCA was fully operational in Bangui, 5300 km away from Europe. “Fast track planning”, by the Operation Headquarters in Larissa/Greece and the EU Strategic Airlift were the main keys of this success.

Operation commander French Major General Philip Ponties decorating an  Italian gendarmerie officer with CSDP medal on the 2nd of July 2014.

Pro Pace Unum - United for Peace

02/07/2014

Larissa, 02 July. At the Hellenic EU Operation Headquarters (OHQ) a festive medal parade was celebrated, decorating the members of 20 EU and non EU countries that participate at the European Union Mission in Central Africa Republic (EUFOR RCA).

The Diplomats of the Political and Security Committee of the European Union together with members of the multinational staff  of the Hellenic EU Operation Headquarters in Larissa

“Excellencies from all over Europe in Larissa Military Headquarters” - PSC and “Nikolaidis Group” visit in Larissa

05/06/2014

The Hellenic EU Operation Headquarters, as the top military planner and leader of the European Union Forces to Central Africa Republic is again of high interest.

General Major Philippe Ponties, Operation Commander EUFOR RCA answers questions during the press conference

“Stop anarchy and humanitarian misery in Central Africa”

02/04/2014

About 150 journalists attended the press conference in Brussels held on the 2 April 2014  by the EU Operation Commander of the EU Forces in Central Africa.

Briefing by the Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Christos Drivas (second from right) given to to representatives of the EU Military Committee in the EU OHQ RCA in Larissa

High ranking interest in the Hellenic EU Operation Headquarters in Larissa

02/04/2014

Larissa: Probably the highest number of generals ever showed up in Larissa last week. The Military Committee and the Military Staff of the European Union, located in Brussels, Belgium visited the European Union Operation Headquarters (EU OHQ) in Larissa, Greece.

Visit of the French Minister of Defense

21/03/2014

On the 21 March 2014 the French Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian visited the EU Operation Headquarters Republic Central Africa in Larissa, Greece.

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