The Council of the European Union (EU) has appointed Rear Admiral Stefano Turchetto as commander of Operation Irini, in succession to Admiral Fabio Agostini.
The new commander is set to assume his official duties and tasks as of the start of next October.
Turchetto has more than 35 years of experience in the Italian Navy and is currently First Naval Division Commander. During his current assignment, he has been for four different times “Operazione Mare Sicuro” Tactical Commander, operating in the Central Mediterranean Sea.
Previously, he had been Force Commander of EUNAVFOR Operation SOPHIA from September 2018 to June 2019.
Operation Irini was launched on March 31, 2020, to monitor the implementation of the Security Council resolution on the arms embargo to Libya and has been extended until March 31, 2023.