EU appoints new commander for anti-piracy operation off Somalia

Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri. (Image credit: Italian Navy)



The Political and Security Committee has appointed Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri (Italy) force commander for the EU’s counter-piracy operation EUNAVFOR Atalanta as of 6 October 2015.

Barbieri will take over from Rear Admiral Alfonso Gomez Fernandez de Cordoba who has been force commander since 6 May 2015.

The operation’s main focus is the protection of World Food Programme vessels delivering humanitarian aid to Somalia; and the deterrence, repression and disruption of piracy off the Somali coast.

In addition, Operation Atlanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activities off the coast of Somalia, noted an EU statement.

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