BEIRUT

Lebanon News

New head of UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force assumes mantle

BEIRUT: Rear Admiral Luiz Henrique Caroli handed over command of UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force Saturday to Rear Admiral Wagner Lopes de Moraes Zamith on board Brazilian Flagship Frigate “UNIAO” in the presence of Lebanese Army officials.

Among those attending the handover ceremony between the two Brazilian nationals at Beirut port were U.N. Interim Forces in Lebanon commander Maj. Gen. Paolo Serra, Lebanese Navy commander Rear Admiral Nazih Baroudi and representatives of UNIFIL and the Lebanese Army.

During the ceremony, Serra, an Italian who assumed command of UNIFIL on Jan. 28, said the international body’s Maritime Task Force has played a vital role in warding off attempts at illegal arms trafficking and has had a positive effect on the security of seabound merchant traffic.

“The Lebanese Navy has demonstrated, time and again, its professionalism and outstanding commitment toward securing Lebanese waters,” Serra was quoted by UNIFIL’s press office as saying.

The UNIFIL Maritime Task Force was deployed at the request of the Lebanese government in 2006 to assist the Lebanese Navy in preventing the smuggling of arms and other items into Lebanon.

The force has been working closely with the Lebanese Navy on training programs and according to UNIFIL has hailed around 42,900 ships and referred nearly 1,750 vessels to the Lebanese authorities for further inspection.

Zamith, the new commander of the force, said he was looking forward to his task. “I reiterate my commitment to maintaining the high-level relationship between the Maritime Task Force and the Lebanese Navy. We shall continuously strive to strengthen our ties of friendship and cooperation,” he said.

A total of 15 countries have contributed to the force since its formation: Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 27, 2012, on page 3.

Recommended

Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here