Launched on February 25, 2020 at the initiative of France, the EMASoH mission (European-led maritime awareness in the Strait of Hormuz) aims to restore confidence and security in the Arabian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal have thus wished to participate in the stabilization of the region, in a spirit of de-escalation of tensions, through the joint deployment means of maritime surveillance.
February 25, 2022 marks the 2nd anniversary of this multinational mission, of which Operation AGENOR is the military component. 15 frigates and 12 detachments of maritime patrol aircraft from the 9 contributing countries took part in the operation, accumulating 1,100 flight hours, 752 days at sea and 170 passages through the Strait of Hormuz. The countries’ commitment is thus recognized in the region as a guarantee of the protection of European and international economic interests.
The French Forces stationed in the United Arab Emirates (FEEAU) implement the multinational command post on the naval base. Belgian, Danish, French, Italian, Greek, Norwegian and Dutch sailors make up the EMASoH team. They monitor shipping lines in the Arabian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman to ensure freedom of navigation in these strategic waters.
Currently, France is contributing to the AGENOR operation through the deployment of the La Fayette Guépratte type frigate and an Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft.