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Irini. A Greek takes command of the naval force off Libya

(B2) Italian Admiral Ettore Socci handed over the helm of command of the European maritime force controlling the arms embargo on Libya to Greek Commodore Theodoros Mikropoulos

The handover took place on Monday (19.10) aboard the frigate Adrias, the new flagship of the European operation. “ The challenge that Commodore Mikropoulos is called upon to take on is essential for the fulfillment of the mandate that the Council of the European Union assigned to the operation », indicated Admiral Fabio Agostini, head of the operation, wishing good luck to the entire crew.

Good knowledge of the operation

Born in Athens in 1965, Theodoros Mikropoulos has served in a wide variety of command and staff positions at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. Until recently (early October) he was the chief of staff at the Operational HQ (OHQ) of EUNAVFOR MED IRINI in Rome. Which shows a good knowledge of the interior.

A long time ago

The last time a Greek commanded a European military operation was a long time ago. This dates from the first rotation of the anti-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean (1)… at the end of 2008!

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

  1. read: A Greek officer will lead the EUNavfor-Atalanta force in the area et The Greek ship Psara will be in the Gulf of Aden on December 16…

Three ships and five planes

The EUNAVFOR Med operation currently has four ships in the area: the Greek frigate adrias (F-459), the French frigate Latouche-Treville (D-646), the German frigate Hamburg (F-220) (returning from an operational stopover at Souda) and the Italian patrol boat Cicada Fulgosi (P-490).

Five planes (Italian, Greek, Polish, Luxembourgish) are also involved, as well as the European Union Satellite Center (SatCen), based in Torrejon (near Madrid), which provides analyzes of satellite images.

In total, 600 soldiers are involved, coming from 21 Member States. Only six member countries (Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Poland and Luxembourg) provide operational resources. The other fifteen only participate by sending a few personnel to headquarters.

The operation has reached its full operational capability (FOC) in September 2020

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).