EU NAVFOR Force Commander, RADM Gregori Hosts The Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of Oman during Port Visit to SalalahAugust 21, 2017 - 08:52
On 12 August 2017 Force Commander of the European Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR), Rear Admiral Fabio Gregori, met with the Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of Oman, H.E. Yousuf Bin Alawi Abdullah in Salalah to deepen the excellent cooperation between Operation Atalanta and Oman.
The Italian Ambassador to Oman, H.E Giorgio Visetti, the Ambassador of Oman in Kuwait, H.E Hamed al Ibrahim and the Son of the minister, Shihab Yousuf Alawi were also welcomed onboard ITS Virginio Fasan by the Force Commander.
The Force Commander explained the activity, role and mandate of Operation Atalanta and the cooperation framework that is in place between the multinational missions and nations currently operational in EU NAVFOR’s area of operations. There was then a tour of ITS Fasan where the Minister spoke with members of the Force Headquarters including the Chief of Staff, Captain Jose Maria Fuente de Cabo and Commanding Officer of ITS Fasan, Commander Michele Orini.
The Deputy Governor of Dhofar (one of the four governorates of the Sultanate of Oman) Sayyid H.E Abdullah bin Aquel Al Ibrahim also received Force Commander Rear Admiral Gregori and Captain Fuente during the three day port visit.
EU NAVFOR’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Fabio Gregori and his headquarters staff are currently embarked on ITS Virginio Fasan. The Force Commander’s role is to work with counter-piracy partners to assess the piracy threat and to deploy EU NAVFOR’s warships and aircraft to sea areas that are deemed to be at the highest risk of an attack and to respond to piracy incidents wherever possible.
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