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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.

Rear Admiral Tarrant is married and has two children.  Beyond professional duties, he focuses on his family.

Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant

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.

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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.

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Deputy Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia

The Deputy Operation Commander (DCom) exercises command in absence of the Operation Commander.

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Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen

Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen joined the German Navy in 1979 at the age of 19 and joined the officers’ education programme in 1981. Since completing advanced officer training in 1988, Rear Admiral zur Mühlen has had an extensive naval background with a number of  sea and shore appointments.

After completion of advanced officer training in 1988, he was assigned as the Communications Officer on board FGS Saarburg.  He was then assigned to HNMLS Piet Hyen as an Officer of the Watch and thereafter to FGS Lübeck as the Operations Officer.

Rear Admiral zur Mühlen attended the 37th Admiral Staff Course in 1995 in Hamburg and after that he served as a naval instructor at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Hamburg. In 1998 he was assigned as an Executive Officer on board FGS Bayern.

In 2000 Rear Admiral zur Mühlen served  for two years as the assistant Branch Chief in the Political Military Affairs Branch at the Ministry of Defence in Berlin and in 2002 he was  assigned as the Commanding Officer of German frigate, FGS Lübeck.

For the past ten years, Rear Admiral zur Mühlen has held appointments at the military and political level of the German Armed Forces, including positions in the Ministry of Defence and as the assistant to the Chief of Defence of the German Armed Forces.

Prior to his current position as the Force Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral zur Mühlen was the Commander of the German Flotilla 2 in Wilhelmshaven.

Rear Admiral zur Mühlen, Force Commander of European Union Naval Force.

Force Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia

The Force Commander exercises command and control of all military forces in the area of operation.

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