In 2019, growing insecurity and instability, which has resulted in numerous maritime incidents, have been observed in the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz, resulting in increased regional tensions in this area that is essential to global stability. This situation is also affecting trade and energy supplies, which may have economic worldwide consequences.
In this context, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal have decided to establish an European Maritime Surveillance Mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH) to maintain freedom of navigation in the area.
EMASOH thus contributes to decreasing tensions in this region of strategic interest. This operation is open to other countries that wish to make an effective contribution to regional stability. Supported by the French Forces stationed in the United Arab Emirates (FFEAU), France, which is an important partner for the operation, has enabled EMASOH to become operational within a short period, in full cooperation with the host country. Located within the Abu Dhabi Naval Base, the FHQ EMASOH brings together representatives of the contributing states and liaison officers.
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