(B2) A few weeks before Portugal takes over the EU presidency on January 1, José Diogo Pessoa Arroteia is heading to the Indian Ocean
The Portuguese captain will, from Thursday (3.12), take the head of the European maritime force, present off Somalia (EUNAVFOR Atalanta), responsible for combating maritime piracy.
Aged 52, José Diogo Pessoa Arroteia specializes in communications. Since September 4, he has been in charge of the Integrated Naval Training and Evaluation Center.
On board the Spanish ship Reina Sofia
The Portuguese will officiate aboard the flagship of the operation, the Reina Sofia of the Spanish armada, for a period of four months (until the end of March). He will be accompanied by a team of five sailors and officers from the Portuguese Navy who will form his close guard. Santa Maria class frigate, the Reina Sofia (F-84) has one function: maritime interdiction operations and the protection of aircraft carrier or aircraft carrier type vessels against underwater, air or surface threats.
An Atalanta operation with new tasks
The operation should undergo an evolution next year, according to our information, with an extension of its tasks to the fight against drug and arms trafficking, as well as an extension of its area of operations (especially towards the southern Indian Ocean). The discussion is continuing within the European bodies to endorse these changes.