EUNAVFOR MED IRINI: new Operation Commander appointed

September 27, 2021
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The Council appointed Rear Admiral Stefano Turchetto as EU Operation Commander for the European Union military operation in the Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED IRINI). He will take command from Rear Admiral Fabio Agostini on 1 October 2021.

Rear Admiral Turchetto has more than 35 years of experience in the Italian Navy and is currently First Naval Division Commander. During his current assignment he has been for four different times “Operazione Mare Sicuro” Tactical Commander, operating in the Central Mediterranean Sea. Previously, he had been Force Commander of EUNAVFOR Operation SOPHIA from September 2018 to June 2019.

Operation Irini (named after the Greek goddess for “peace”) was planned in a very short timeframe and launched on 31 March 2020, following a decision by the Council of the European Union. The main task is the implementation of the arms embargo on Libya under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

The Operation also has secondary tasks including monitoring illegal oil trafficking from Libya, contributing to countering human trafficking and smuggling activities (through air monitoring) and contributing to the training of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy.

For more information

Press release

EUNAVFOR MED IRINI – website and Facebook page

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia