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A French admiral at the head of Nestor?

(credit: French Ministry of Defense / DICOD)

(BRUSSELS2, exclusive) He is a former Alindian – commander of French forces in the Indian Ocean from 2007 to 2009 – who could take charge of the European mission to strengthen maritime capacities in the Indian Ocean Eucap Nestor. The selection board accepted his candidacy which must now be ratified by the High Representative. Admiral Jacques Launay was until recently (February) inspector general of the armies. He was also naval attaché at the French embassy in Bonn (from 1995 to 1998) and defense attaché at the embassy in London (from 2004 to 2007). He participated in the Allied operation for Kosovo (Allied Force/Trident) aboard the aircraft carrier Foch, as deputy operations chief of TF 470 in the spring of 1999. He is a fan of long-term thinking . During a conference in Dunkirk at the beginning of the year, he explained: “ We must measure the long term, which demonstrates the permanence and the political will, the strategic interest in the long term, and not sacrifice to short-term reflections”.

Born on November 30, 1954, Jacques Launay entered the naval school in September 1974. He first served on the patrol boat The Dieppoise in Nouméa from 1977, then on the submarine The Lightning in 1979. In 1980, he took command of the dredger Peony. Having followed the detector officer course, he was assigned in 1982 to the anti-submarine frigate Tourville. He then served as head of the detection department on the helicopter carrier Jeanne d'Arc (1984 to 1986) then on the anti-aircraft frigate Cassard. In 1988, he took command of the aviso Commanding the Herminier. After a stint on the regional command staff and the Atlantic maritime zone, he attended the Hamburg Military Academy from 1990 to 1992 where he received the “Clausewitz” prize. From 1992 to 1995, he was assigned to the Navy's military personnel department as an officer manager. In 1998, he joined the staff of the naval action force, within the force control division, and on September 1, 1999 took command of the anti-submarine frigate Latouche-Tréville in Brest until in the summer of 2001. After following the national session of the IHEDN, he became, in 2002, deputy director “European and strategic affairs” at the SGDN.

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).

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