New Operation Commander for EU Naval Force Somalia appointed
EU News 294/2014
Council of the European Union
Brussels, 3 July 2014
The Political and Security Committee today appointed a new Operation Commander for the EU Naval Force Somalia - EUNAVFOR Operation ATALANTA, which aims to prevent piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and in the Indian Ocean.
Major General Martin Smith MBE, Commandant General Royal Marines and Commander United Kingdom Amphibious Forces, will take up the post of Operation Commander of Operation ATALANTA on 28 August. He will replace Rear Admiral Robert Tarrant, who has commanded the EU’s counter piracy mission since 16 January 2013.
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