Sharm el Sheikh: change at the command of the 10th Naval Group

October 4, 2018 (Google Translation) – On October 4, 2018, at the base of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) of Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt), the change ceremony at the Command of the Tenth Naval Coastal Group and the Italian Contingent stationed in Sinai , between the Captain was held Fregata Fabio De Cesari (transferor) and the Captain of Fregata Andrea Rigo (succeeding).

The ceremony was attended by the Deputy for Defense in Egypt , Captain of Vascello Massimiliano Grazioso and the participation of both the civil and military authorities belonging to the MFO and the representatives of the Egyptian authorities in Sharm el Sheikh was also nourished.


The MFO Force Commander , Major General Simon Stuart , attended the Command Change ceremony during which the MFO medals and certificates of appreciation were received from the Contingent sailors who stood out for their duty.

The Force Commander has emphasized the professionalism and commitment profused daily by Italian sailors in carrying out the mission, also praising the work done by the Captain of Fregata De Cesari and his men, who achieved excellent results during a year characterized by numerous changes the Italian contingent has been able to cope with professionalism and timeliness.

The Multinational Force and Observers ( MFO ) is an independent international peacekeeping organization between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel , sanctioned by the Treaty of Peace signed in March 1979 between the leaders of Egypt and Israel. The MFO is located in the eastern part of the Sinai Peninsula and has the task of verifying and reporting possible violations of the Treaty of Peace and facilitating military dialogue between Egypt and Israel, in order to guarantee and promote maximum transparency and maintain a climate of lasting peace in Sinai between the two states.

The Italian Contingent, called Coastal Patrol Unit ( CPU ), is made up of 3 coastal patrols Scout class that have, what main task, to ensure freedom of navigation in the Gulf and report possible violations of Article. 5 of the Treaty of Peace.