Commander of Royal Navy of Oman Receives Commander of EUNAVFOR ASPIDES

25.04.2024 Oman
Commander of Royal Navy of Oman Receives Commander of EUNAVFOR ASPIDES

Commander of Royal Navy of Oman Receives Commander of EUNAVFOR ASPIDES

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Rear Admiral Saif Nasser Al Rahbi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) received at Al Murtafa’a Garrison Rear Admiral Vasileios Gryparis, Operation Commander of the European Union’s Naval Mission (ASPIDES), and the military delegation accompanying him.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views and discussed a set of matters of common interest, particularly in maritime areas.

The meeting was attended by some senior RNO Officers, Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.

The European Union’s Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) OPERATION ASPIDES is an EU defensive maritime security operation under the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

Since late 2023, as a result of Houthi attacks on maritime shipping, maritime security in the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf has significantly degraded. The deterioration of the maritime security in the Red Sea has disrupted a key geopolitical area for international shipping. This affects negatively the EU as well as the wider international community.

Operation ASPIDES will contribute to restore and safeguard freedom of navigation, for the sake of the EU, the region, and the wider international community, according to EUNAVFOR’s Website.


  • Protect vessels against ongoing attacks
  • Accompany vessels
  • Reinforce maritime situational awareness - such as monitoring, assessing possible threats and sharing information - in coordination with partners

EUNAVFOR OPERATION ASPIDES, within its purely defensive mandate, will protect shipping targeted by attacks at sea or air. It will not conduct strikes on land.

ASPIDES will act in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2722, which demands the cessation of Houthis’ attacks on merchant and commercial vessels, and recognises the right to defend vessels against such attacks, in line with international law.

Building upon the Strategic Compass for Security and Defence, ASPIDES consolidates the EU’s capacity to respond rapidly to a global crisis, in cooperation with like-minded international partners, while reinforcing the strategic autonomy of the EU. (ONA; EUNAVFOR; Photo © ONA)



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