EUROMARFOR SWG 23-1 meeting took place on 20th of April at the Spanish Fleet Command Headquarters in Rota (Spain), attended by representatives of the Naval Staffs of the EUROMARFOR (EMF) nations as well as the staff of the EMF Permanent Cell, which is located precisely in Rota Naval Base.
The EUROMARFOR (EMF) Sub-working Group (SWG EMF) is in charge of EMF technical and organisational issues and conducting studies on specific topics, while helping to support the decision-making process of the EMF Political Military Working Group (POLMIL WG).
The meeting, chaired by the French Navy as secretariat nation, discussed a number of issues, including the future employment of EUROMARFOR during the Spanish command as well as the plan of activities for the following years.
A particular focus was on the incoming activations for the 2023, the Activity Plan 2024 – 2026 and the development of an even more robust Maritime Situational Awareness through a stronger connection between the operational HQs of the four Fleet Commands, focusing in the possible activation of EMF in the Gulf of Guinea.
At the operational level, the Commander of the European Maritime Force (COMEUROMARFOR) is appointed every two years, being currently held since last September 22nd by the ALFLOT, Vice-almirante Eugenio Díaz del Rio Jáudenes.
The COMEUROMARFOR (CEMF) relies on both its national staff and the EMF Permanent Cell (EMF PC) for the planning / execution of the assigned tasks. The EMF PC is composed of a Director, who is a Captain/Colonel of the CEMF nationality, and four national representatives (Commander or Lieutenant Commander) from each EMF Nation plus a NCO for administrative support.
Since Spain has assumed command, EUROMARFOR has recently been activated in last March during the EMF DIVEX23 exercise and in the future will be activated in FLOTEX23 , ESP MINEX23 and CONTEX/PHIBEX23.
EUROMARFOR at sea for Peace.