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Operation AGENOR, the military leg of the European-led Maritime Awareness mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH), today got a new Force Commander.
“I am honoured to have been appointed as the next commander of operation AGENOR. It is clear to me that AGENOR has established itself as a well-recognised and relevant actor in the region, reassuring merchant shipping and promoting safe transit and freedom of navigation in and out of the Strait of Hormuz.

I would like to thank my good colleague, Commodore Carsten Fjord-Larsen, and his team for their great effort during the past three months, leading AGENOR in a very professional and efficient way. High standards have been set and my staff and I will do our utmost to continue along that way. It is with both pride and humility that I take over command of operation AGENOR and I look forward to work for Admiral Fayard and the operational headquarters – for the sake of all merchant shipping in the region,” says the newly appointed force commander, Commodore Anders Friis.

From the Force Head Quarter at the French naval base in Abu Dhabi (pictured above), AGENORs operations are controlled to monitor the Gulf regions shipping lanes, Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman. The aim is to reassure merchant shipping and contribute to defusing tensions in and out of the Strait of Hormuz. Eight European countries contributes to the operation.

“It has been an honour to have been in command of a well-cooperated and very competent European team. It has been a pleasure to see close European cooperation being conducted to reassure and promote a safe transit and freedom of navigation for merchant shipping,” says the outgoing Force Commander, Carsten Fjord-Larsen.

The classic Change of Command

He and a Danish Command Team took over the command of Operation AGENOR from France on the 13th. of January. Since then, four successive destroyers and frigates and three Maritime Patrol aircraft crews have been reassuring the merchant shipping.
“Thanks to the staff members and the ships and air crews with their dedication, I think we have contributed to keeping the situation relatively calm through de-escalatory presence. I’m confident Commodore Anders Friis will keep on building on that, with high vigilance as the situation still have potential for volatility, and I wish the new team all the best” says Carsten Fjord-Larsen.

Operation AGENOR is the military part of EMASOH mission. It started on February 25th 2020, and has been fully operational capable since then. The AGENOR operation is conducted within the operational responsibility of the French Admiral commanding the maritime zone of the Indian Ocean, ALINDIEN.

The EMASOH diplomatic track is led by a Senior Civilian Representative, SCR, currently Danish Ambassador Julie Elisabeth Pruzan-Jørgensen.

At the Change of Command ceremony today, the outgoing Danish team received the French Médaille commémorative française in recognition of their service