Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Enrico CREDENDINO
Rear Admiral (UH) Enrico CREDENDINO was born on the 21st January 1963 in Turin.
He joined the Italian Naval Academy in 1980 and was commissioned with the rank of Ensign in 1984.
He reported to the cruiser VITTORIO VENETO, the cruiser ANDREA DORIA and the guided missile destroyer ARDITO, in charge as gunnery, missile systems officer, and Operation Officer.
He commanded the patrol vessel SPICA, the frigate MAESTRALE, the 1st Patrollers Squadron – acting also as Command Training School’s Evaluation Officer – and the guided missile destroyer FRANCESCO MIMBELLI.
RA (UH) Enrico CREDENDINO’s ashore commitments included duties as: Commander of Cadets at the Italian Naval Academy; Staff Officer of the Plans and Policy Department of the Italian Navy General Staff – Naval Policy Office; Director of the Cadet Courses of the Italian Naval Academy; Chief of the Alliance Policy Office at the Plans and Policy Department of the Defense General Staff; Deputy Chief of the Plans and Policy Department of the Italian Navy General Staff.
Upon promotion to Rear Admiral (LH) on the 1st of July 2011 he was appointed Deputy Commander of Italian Front Line Naval Forces and Deputy Commander of NATO Italian Maritime Forces, Commander of Spanish/Italian Amphibious Force and Commander of Italian Naval Task Group.
Between August and December 2012 he was appointed Force Commander at European Naval Forces for the counterpiracy mission EUNAVFOR ATALANTA.
From September 2013 he is Head of Plans and Policy Department in the Italian Navy General Staff. He was promoted to Rear Admiral (UH) on 1 st July 2014.
On May 18th, 2015 he has been appointed as Operation Commander for EUNAVFOR MED mission.
During the 1998-1999 academic year he attended the 2nd Advanced Command and Staff Course in the United Kingdom and during the 2007-2008 academic year he attended the 59th course at the “High Studies for Defense Centre” in Rome.
RA (UH) Enrico CREDENDINO obtained a summa cum laude degree certificate in Maritime and Naval Sciences at the University of Pisa, a degree certificate in Political Science at the University of Trieste and a 2 nd level certificate in Security Advanced Studies at the University of Perugia.
He speaks fluent English and he has a good knowledge of the French language.
DEPUTY OPERATION COMMANDER
Rear admiral Gilles Boidevezi
Rear admiral Gilles Boidevezi was born 12 April 1965 in Marseilles, France.
After completion of naval academy sea training in 1989, he served as air defense and electronic warfare officer onboard several destroyers and was Commanding officer of divers support ship "Isard" (1993-1995). As Lieutenant commander, he was operations officer onboard ASW destroyer "La Motte-Picquet" (1997-1999).
He participated in operations in Lebanon (1989- 1990), Adriatic sea (1992-1995 & 1999) and Indian ocean (1998).
After graduating from Joint war college (Paris) in 2002, Commander Gilles Boidevezi was Director of naval academy sea training onboard Helicopters carrier "Jeanne d'Arc" (2002-2004), Commanding officer of frigate "Nivôse" based in La Reunion (Indian ocean) (2004-2005) and Sea combat desk officer, Defense Staff, Plans and Policy (2005-2008).
Promoted Captain in 2007, he was commanding officer of Air defense destroyer “Jean Bart” (2008-2010), then attended the French national defense institute course (2010-2011).
From 2011 to 2014, Captain Gilles Boidevezi was Deputy Director International and Strategic Affairs, Prime Minister office then was appointed as Deputy commander, French Mediterranean Joint Command (CECMED) (2014-2016).
Before being promoted Rear admiral on 19 June 2017, Captain Gilles Boidevezi was Assistant deputy Chief of the Navy for Operations.
On July 1st, 2017 he has been appointed as Deputy Operation Commander for EUNAVFORMED operation Sophia mission.
He is officer of the Legion of Honour and of the National Order of Merit.