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A German number 2 from Eunavfor

(credit: Eunavfor)

(BRUSSELS2) Rear Admiral Rainer Endres took up his duties as number 2 of the European Union's anti-piracy operation (Eunavfor Atalanta) alongside his British counterpart, Rear Admiral Duncan L. Potts. He takes over from Frenchman Christian Canova, well known on this blog. An experiment " personally rewarding ” made a point of underlining the latter during his departure. " We have managed to maintain 100% protection for WFP ships that deliver food to the Somalis. We continued to secure the transit corridor in the Gulf of Aden and Atalanta contributed significantly to lowering the success rate of attacks as well as the number of ships and hostages held by pirates ».

Read also: Rear-Admiral Canova: piracy down, ransoms up, offensive action

Rear-Admiral Endres was commander of the FGS Thetis and senior officer on the destroyer FGS Lutjens. He also served as personal assistant to the commander of Destroyer Squadron 1, commanded the destroyer FGS Rommel and the 2nd Frigate Squadron based in Wilhelmshaven and was until now Director of Development, Training and Education in Rostock. He also served as Division Chief at NATO Maritime Component HQ in Naples.


According to the principle set at the start of the operation, it is a Briton (Duncan L. Potts) who commands the operation while his deputy is appointed for six months, by rotation between French and German in general. Area command is ensured by rotation between the different countries involved, by rotation every 4 months. Currently he is a Spaniard, before handing over to a Frenchman.

Read also: A Briton from Malta to head Eunavfor soon

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).