September 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – The September 19, 2019 in Toulon, aboard the amphibious helicopter carriers (PHA) Thunder , was held the ceremony taking command of the Force European Maritime ( European Maritime Force – EUROMARFOR).
Chief of the Naval Staff (CEMM), Admiral Christophe Prazuck, has recognized Wing Vice Admiral (VAE) Jean-Philippe Rolland, current Naval Task Force Commander, as the new Commander EUROMARFOR. France succeeds Portugal, for a period of two years, at the head of this maritime force, bringing together 4 European countries, with Spain and Italy.
EUROMARFOR is a “naval cooperation tool, which has demonstrated its operational relevance” during its 24 years of existence. As stressed by the CEMM, EUROMARFOR has also “demonstrated its value in theaters of operation, be it in the fight against terrorism in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean between 2002 and 2005, in off the coast of Lebanon in 2008-2009 under UN mandate, and as part of the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Aden between 2011 and 2015 “.
Established in May 1995, following the Petersberg Declaration (1992), EUROMARFOR represents an original naval partnership, capable of acting both under the command of the European Union, NATO and the UN, even on simple agreement of the 4 member nations. Its main missions are humanitarian, peacekeeping, crisis prevention and management, and maritime security.
In a context of resurgence of high seas threats and international instability, the commitment of 4 nations, members of the European Union and NATO, is a key asset to enhance maritime safety in strategic areas, including in Mediterranean.
EUROMARFOR is a military force capable of adapting to new maritime challenges, thanks to its great flexibility and the excellent interoperability of its naval assets, which can be activated on short notice.