New Commander for EUNAVFOR

Major General Martin Smith takes over Operation Atalanta in August.

EU appoints British General to head its anti-piracy mission off Somalia

The EU’s Political and Security Committee Thursday appointed a new Operation Commander for the EU Naval Force Somalia – operation ATALANTA – which aims to prevent piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and in the Indian Ocean.

Major General Martin Smith, Commandant General Royal Marines and Commander United Kingdom Amphibious Forces, will take up the post of Commander of Operation ATALANTA on 28 August, said the committee in a statement.

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