Senior French Parliamentarian Visits EU NAVFOR In DjiboutiFebruary 18, 2010 - 16:10
On the 17th of February, the Senior French Member of Parliament, Louis Giscard d’Estaing, Deputy President of the Financial Committee visited the EU NAVFOR Force HQ Support Area (FHQSA) in Djibouti. The French politician is also responsible for the French Operational Defence Budget.
Mr Giscard d’Estaing was briefed on the EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta and the part played by the FHQSA. The Officer in Command, CDR (ITN) Emanuele DAMIANO, stated that he was “extremely grateful to the French Forces for hosting EU NAVFOR personnel and providing excellent facilities to conduct Operation ATALANTA inside the French base “AERIENNE 188”. These facilities provide an excellent contribution to the anti piracy operation.”
Mr. Louis Giscard d’Estaing expressed his appreciation to the FHQ SA for their contribution to the success of Op Atalanta. French ships and personnel already contribute in the Area of Operation (AOO) and he stated that “he was pleased that this cooperation extended to the excellent support facilities in Djibouti.”
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