News BlogMediterranean sea

An aero pilot becomes second in command of EUNAVFOR Med

In Toulon, during the Sentinel exercise (credit: MOD France / ECPAD Jerôme Salles)
In Toulon, during the 'Ecume Eternaire' exercise, in February 2008 (credit: ECPAD Jerôme Salles)

(B2) The European operation to fight traffickers in the Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED / Sophia) has a new deputy commander. The handover ceremony took place this Friday (February 26) at the Operation Headquarters (OHQ) in Rome.

It is a fighter pilot, Rear-Admiral Gilles Humeau, who takes over from his counterpart Hervé Bléjean. To his credit, interdiction and surveillance operations in former Yugoslavia from 1993 to 1999. Read in detail: Handover to EUNAVFOR Med at the Deputy Command of the Operation

Currently at the General Secretariat of the Sea, Gilles Humeau also sailed on the BPC Mistral, notably as number 2 during the 'Balliste' evacuation operation in Lebanon in 2006. Previously, he had commanded the 16F squadron and directed the Landivisiau training, instruction and mission preparation center (CEIPM).

The operation is still led by a senior Italian officer, Vice-Admiral Enrico Credendino.


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).