Rear Admiral Giovanni M. Galoforo has taken as Deputy Commander of Operation Atalanta in replacement of Rear Admiral Hilaire Ducellier, who held the command for the past six months. The handover ceremony was held on Thursday 6 July in the Operation Head Quarter (OHQ) in Rota, Cádiz.
The Operation Commander (OPCDR), Vice Admiral José M. Núñez Torrente, congratulated Rear Admiral Ducellier for his outstanding contribution, commitment and friendship, and offered his best wishes for success at both professional and personal levels. In addition, the OPCDR gave a warm welcome to Rear Admiral Galoforo as the new Deputy Commander, pointing out his extraordinary expertise and utmost professional skills.
Rear Admiral Ducellier has served as Deputy Commander, making an exceptional contribution to the achievement of the Operation’s objectives and, more particularly, highlighting the implementation of the 2023/2024 mandate, as well as his role in the coordination of the two recent counter-narcotics operations, conducted by the French warships DIXMUDE, LA FAYETTE and SURCOUF.
Rear Admiral Galoforo has an extensive and successful military career. Among others, his main achievements are highlighted:
Rear Admiral Galoforo will serve as Deputy Commander of Operation Atalanta for the next six months.