February 25, 2020 (Google Translation) – On February 25, the full operational capacity of Operation AGENOR, the military component of the EMASOH initiative, will be announced. A military ceremony, chaired by Vice-Admiral Didier Maleterre, commander of the operation, is held on this occasion at the Place d’Armes of the French naval base in the United Arab Emirates, in the presence of Admiral Rob Kramer, chief Dutch Navy staff, General Stéphane Mille, head of the Center for Planning and Operations Management (CPCO) in the army staff, and UAE authorities.
This stage materializes the political project, carried by eight European countries, to implement a maritime surveillance and security mission in the Strait of Hormuz.
This operation aims to strengthen, with our partners, our ability to assess the situation and monitor maritime activity, and to guarantee freedom of navigation in the Arabian Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. AGENOR acts in accordance with international law, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It contributes to the de-escalation of tensions in this region of strategic interests. This operation is open to other countries wishing to contribute effectively to regional stability.
Relying on the French Forces stationed in the United Arab Emirates (FFEAU), and the privileged relations it maintains with the host country, France, the framework nation of the operation, has enabled the EMASOH initiative to gain momentum. within a time limit. Located within the naval base of Abu Dhabi, the Force Head Quarter (tactical staff) of Operation AGENOR brings together representatives of the contributing States and liaison officers.
The Forbin and De Ruyter frigates are currently under operational control and tactical command of the operation.