Belgium: EU appoints new Operation Commander for EU NAVFOR Somalia

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union's Political and Security Committee on 18 May 2016 appointed Brigadier Robert Magowan CBE, an officer from the British Royal Marines, as Operation Commander for the EU Naval Force Somalia - EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta.

Brigadier Magowan will replace Major General Martin Smith MBE when he takes up his duties on 3 June 2016.

The European Union Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta was launched in December 2008 to contribute to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast. The operation is part of the EU's comprehensive approach for a peaceful, stable and democratic Somalia.

The operation also protects vessels of the World Food Programme and other vulnerable shipping, monitors fishing activities off the coast of Somalia and supports other EU and international missions in the region such as the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
-0- PANA AR/MA 18May2016

18 may 2016 09:40:04

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