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The former Pasha of Joan of Arc at the head of EUNavfor

H. Blejean (left) handing over command of CTF 150 to his Pakistani counterpart on August 1, 2013 (credit: CTF 150 / Dicod)
H. Blejean (left) handing over command of CTF 150 to his Pakistani counterpart on August 1, 2013 (credit: CTF 150 / Dicod)

(BRUSSELS2) French rear admiral, Hervé Bléjean, will take command of the European anti-piracy force (EUNAVFOR) deployed in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, from December 6. He will thus take over from Dutch Commodore Peter Lenselink. This nomination must be ratified by the COPS, the Political and Security Committee, today. It's on board the TCD Siroco that he will officiate (read: Latest piracy news (Dec 1, 2013).

FAN, Joan of Arc, Ponant, Atalanta and CTF150

Recently appointed (last September), deputy to the commander of the rapid reaction aero-maritime force and deputy to the commander of the naval action force (ALFAN) for the operational preparation of force headquarters, alongside Vice-Admiral D Coindreau squadron, the one who was still only a captain, previously commanded the training ship and helicopter carrier Jeanne D'Arc from August 2007 to July 2009 (read on Ouest-France/Maville its portrait/selfportrait upon taking office). The ship notably provided support for the liberation of Ponant (Operation Thalatine) in April 2008 and participated for a few weeks in Operation Atalanta (read: The succession of the first 4 months is preparing for EUNAVFOR). Last July, he also commanded the CTF 150 (anti-terrorism) operation aboard the BCR Somme, between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Oman, before handing over command to the Pakistani forces (see photo).

30 years in the navy

From the 1984 class of the Naval Academy, Hervé Bléjean began sailing on the Aviso escort Victor Schoelcher as head of the nautical conduct department. The following year, he became second officer of the mine warfare experiment ship. Thetis. After a year at the transmission specialty school, he joined the American ship USS Nicholson as an exchange officer and deputy to the operations group leader for two years. In 1993, he took command of the school building Leopard, then became aide-de-camp to Admiral Lefèbvre, chief of staff of the navy, then boarded the anti-submarine frigate Georges Leygues as head of the Operations Group. He was then assigned to the naval action force in 1998 as a training officer in the training division. After training at the joint defense college, he was tasked with the director of the military function and civilian personnel.

Enduring freedom

In July 2002, he took command of the surveillance frigate Vendemiaire, based in Noumea. He participated for more than four months in Operation Enduring Freedom in the Gulfs of Aden and Oman. But he also doesn't mind adapting to local customs, particularly in Polynesia: for those who want an overview of adaptation capabilities, the photo published by our colleague Mer et Marine is worth the detour: here ! Deputy head of the human resources policy office of the naval staff, he worked in this capacity on the establishment of the new general status of the military (2003-2005), he was appointed captain and In the summer of 2005, he became head of the “maritime operations management” cell at the operations control and planning center (CPCO), within the army general staff.

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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