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Euromarfor changes command in Lebanon


(B2) It is France which takes over, on September 1, from Italy for command of Task Force 448 (TF448), the maritime force which patrols off the coast of Lebanon, we have just learned from the General Staff of the Armed Forces. Rear Admiral Alain Hinden will exercise command, under Euromarfor, from the building “We Are“. He will be at the head of a multinational staff – including six Italians, two Spaniards, a Portuguese, a Greek, a Turk, or a third of the workforce, which represents the different States involved in the operation.

La TF 448 is the maritime component of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). It acts off the Lebanese coast on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions 1701 and 1773. Its mandate: “to help the Lebanese authorities control maritime flows, ensure that no illegal delivery of weapons reaches Lebanese soil by sea, provide capacity for the evacuation of nationals and train the Lebanese navy so that it can, in the long term, ensure its complete sovereignty over its territorial waters.” It is essentially provided by Europeans united within Euromarfor. It is made up of a dozen buildings from the different nations represented within the General Staff: frigates, corvettes, mine hunters, patrol boats and a support building.

THEEuromarfor was created in 1995 from a common desire of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal to set up a pre-planned European aero-maritime force. Euromarfor is currently led by Italy for two years. It provides the UN with a headquarters for TF 448 for a period of one year from March 1, 2008. Italy thus assumed command for the first six months; France succeeding him until March 1, 2009.

(NGV)

Photo credit: French Navy

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).