Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant
Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant was born in 1961 and joined the Royal Navy in 1979. During his service at sea he has had naval appointments in both submarines and surface ships and commanded the nuclear powered submarine HMS TALENT from 1997-99 and the Ice Patrol Ship HMS ENDURANCE 2007-08. He has a variety of operational experience from the Falklands Conflict in 1982 on board the destroyer HMS ANTRIM, numerous submarine patrols, two seasons in the Antarctic and periods of defence diplomacy off West Africa.
Ashore he has trained Junior Officers and been on the staff of Commander Submarine Force US Atlantic Fleet. More recently he has focused on the higher management of Defence developing Security Policy and Strategy and creating effective International and Political relationships. After a tour as the Commodore Naval Staff, supporting the First Sea Lord in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, which involved developing the strategy for the future of the Royal Navy, he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.
For the latter half of 2012 he was Commander of Combined Task Force 150, responsible for a multi-national maritime security operation extending from the Red Sea to the Gulf of Oman.
On promotion to Rear Admiral in January 2013 he assumed the role of Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia and Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces.
Bob is married to Tracy and they have two children. Beyond professional duties, he focuses on his family.
Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia
The Operation Commander commands the operation from the Operational Headquarters (OHQ) at Northwood, United Kingdom. There he plans and conducts the operation in conjunction with the political and military authorities of the European Union.
Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá
Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá was born in 1956 and joined the Spanish Navy in 1975. During his service at sea, he has held a number of naval appointments and commanded four warships, including the frigate ESPS Baleares (2002-2003) and Landing Platform Dock, ESPS Galicia (2007-2008).
In addition to his extensive operational experience at sea, he has a wide background in military strategy and communications.
As the Strategy Branch Head in the Spanish Navy Headquarters (2008 – 2009), Rear Admiral Bauza was heavily involved in the coordination and management of Spain’s initial contribution to the France-led, EU DG MARE-sponsored project BLUEMASSMED. This project aimed to provide a unique cross-nation, cross-sector environment for information sharing in the maritime environment, with six countries and over thirty military and civilian agencies involved.
Between 2010–2012, he was the SHAPE’s Director for the Force Readiness Operational Preparation Directorate (OPD) in Lisbon, dealing with the evaluation of the combat readiness of NATO NRF assigned forces. In addition to this task, he was assigned overall responsibility for the development and implementation of the new NATO Evaluation System, with a focus on force preparation for current operations, rather than, as previously, planning for future operations (NATO Response Force). Comprehensive quality assurance was also a key element to the new evaluation system.
Prior to taking up his current role as the DCOM, EU Naval Force, his last appointment was as the Assistant Chief of Staff (Communication and information Systems) at the Spanish Navy Headquarters. His main role was to devise a Communications Information Systems (CIS) strategic plan, with the aim of improving efficiency, harmonising planning, enhancing security, safeguarding available capabilities, and the control and management of scarce resources. Additionally, he was in charge of building a cyber defence capability in the Spanish Navy.
This is his second appointment for Rear Admiral Bauzá as the DCOM of the EU Naval Force, having held the role between 2009 – 2010.
Rear Admiral Bauzá is married, with 4 children. Beyond his professional duties, he enjoys reading and playing golf.
Deputy Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia
The Deputy Operation Commander (DCom) exercises command in absence of the Operation Commander.
Rear Admiral Hervé Bléjean
Rear Admiral Hervé Bléjean was born on the 11th of December 1963 in Toulon.
After completing his practical training, he was assigned as the Officer of the deck on the escort ship VICTOR SCHOELCHER. The following year, he became Executive Officer of the mine warfare experiment ship THETIS.
On completion, he spent one year studying CIS followed by a two year embarkation onboard the USS NICHOLSON as a French exchange officer and assistant Operations Officer.
In 1993, he was assigned as the Commanding officer of the navigation training flotilla and training ship LEOPARD. This was followed by an appointment as the Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Lefebvre. He was later assigned to the ASW destroyer GEORGES LEYGUES as the Operations Officer.
He became a Sea Rider (training officer) at the training department of the French Force d’Action Navale in 1998. One year later, he attended the staff course at the Joint Service Defence College in Paris.
Having held the position of official representative of the Chief of the Military Branch and Civilian Personnel, he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the surveillance frigate VENDÉMIAIRE. During this period he participated in the operation “Enduring Freedom” and deployments to the Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Oman.
Between 2003 and 2005, he assumed the responsibility of assistant to the Head of Human Resources Policy in the Navy Headquarters and worked on the renewal of the military status.
Promoted to the rank of Captain in 2005, he was appointed as the Head of the Naval Operations department at the CPCO (Centre of Operations management and planning) in the Defence headquarters.
In August 2007 RADM Hervé Bléjean took command of the helicopter carrier JEANNE D’ARC and French training squadron for naval officers
From the 1st of September 2009, he was posted as an auditor of the 59th promotion of the Military Centre for Higher Studies and of the 62nd promotion of the National Defence Institute.
Upon completion of this course, he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Prime Minister’s military cabinet.
In September 2013, he was promoted Rear Admiral and appointed DCOM FRMARFOR in the Headquarters in Toulon.
Rear Admiral Hervé Bléjean is Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur and Officer of the National Order of Merit.
He is married with two daughters and a son.
Force Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia
The Force Commander exercises command and control of all military forces in the area of operation.