EUCAP Somalia and EUNAVFOR Atalanta are two missions with different mandates but both of them are working for a more secure future of Somalia. In the spirit of the EU’s Integrated Approach to Somalia, although both missions cooperate on a daily basis, one colleague, the EU NAVFOR Liaison Officer, has a special role in facilitating communication and coordination between the missions. . Lieutenant Commander Alfonso Martinez has been EU NAVFOR’s Liaison Officer, embedded into EUCAP Somalia, since 1 March 2019.
“It has been a challenge and a real pleasure. EUCAP and EUNAVFOR are sister missions focused on maritime security. The EUCAP Mission is key for better future of Somalia and it has a team of outstanding professionals who give their best for capacity building and security of this country,” says Alfonso.
“Also, working with Somali people has been an incredible experience in my life,” he adds while on his last couple of days before his tenure in Somalia ends.
Recently, Alfonso has been guiding his replacement, Lieutenant Alfredo Ramos-Izquierdo, also from Spain, to step into his shoes to take over his role. Alfredo is a true marine officer who is about to start his first assignment on dry land.
“I left the Academy in 2006 and since then I have always been serving on board warships. I have been deployed twice on Counter piracy missions in Somalia but this is the first time ashore. This new assignment is challenging and intense; it will be a unique experience for my career and, what is more important, for my life,” says Alfredo.