June 14, 2010
New Operation Commander for EU antipiracy mission
Major General Buster Howes OBE. U.K. Royal Marines, has succeeded Rear Admiral Hudson Peter Hudson CBE. U.K. Royal Navy. as Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR Somalia - Operation ATALANTA, the EU antipiracy mission . The handover was conducted in the Operational Headquarters in Northwood near London.
Admiral Hudson, who joined the operation in June 2009, has been instrumental in the ongoing successes of EU NAVFOR in protecting vessels against Somali pirates and the execution of the Op ATALANTA mission. He leaves EU NAVFOR to continue his appointment as Commander United Kingdom Maritime Force (COMUKMARFOR) in Portsmouth,England.
According to EU NAVFOR, Major General Howes has extensive operational experience within the United Kingdom Amphibious Force and the multi-national environment. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the First Gulf War and with the Rapid Reaction Force Operations staff of UNPROFOR in Bosnia. In 2007, he served as Chief Joint Coordination and Effects in HQ ISAF X in Kabul. His staff experience has been gained exclusively within the Joint and Naval Staffs, where he held the appointment as the 1-Star Director of the Naval Staff.
EU NAVFOR's main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Programme (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM and to protect vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and to deter and disrupt piracy. EU NAVFOR also monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.