Atalanta’s next flag ship gets underwayAugust 2, 2010 - 13:46
The French Navy anti-submarine destroyer de Grasse left Toulon in southern France late 31 July, having embarked the future Atalanta force commander and his multinational staff.
Rear-Admiral Philippe Coindreau, deputy commander of the French Naval High Readiness Force, will take over command of Task Force 465 and thus « de Grasse » will replace the current Swedish Force HQ on board « HSwMS Carlskrona ».
Before assuming command, transit from Toulon to the area of operation will be an opportunity to “warm-up the engines” and begin to optimize the battle rhythm. Once in Djibouti and after a few days of exchange with the Swedish staff, Rear-Admiral Coindreau and his staff will assume the command of TF 465, from August 14, 2010.
The staff comprises 29 sailors from 8 different nationalities. Including the flag ship’s crew members, a total of approximately 330 sailors on board destroyer « de Grasse » will be operating in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin as of mid-August.
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