OpCdr Rob Magowan

Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia

The Operation Commander (OpCdr) commands the operation from the Operational Headquarters (OHQ) at Northwood, United Kingdom. There he plans and conducts the operation in conjunction with the political and military authorities of the European Union.

Major General Rob Magowan CBE

Major General Magowan joined the Royal Marines in 1989 after reading Chemistry at Southampton University.  On completion of his young officer training at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines (CTCRM), Lympstone, he conducted a number of troop command jobs, including a tour of Northern Ireland.  He then commanded R Company, Comacchio Group, followed by an appointment as the Naval Assistant to Commander in Chief Fleet.  He then attended the USMC Command and Staff Course, Quantico, where he was awarded a Masters degree.

On his return from the US, he was posted to HQ 3 UK Division as a Plans officer, during which time he deployed to Afghanistan in late 2001 on Operation FINGAL – the first multinational ISAF deployment to Kabul.  On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel 2002, he was appointed to 42 Commando Royal Marines as Second in Command and he deployed to Kuwait and Iraq for Operation TELIC 1.

In late 2003 he began a three year stint in London, beginning in the Cabinet Office Assessments Staff, working to the Joint Intelligence Committee.  In 2005 he was promoted Acting Colonel and assumed the Deputy Head position in the Afghan Drugs Inter-Departmental Unit, based in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He assumed command of 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group Royal Marines in late 2006, deploying immediately to Helmand Province for Operation HERRICK 5. He was then promoted to Colonel in early 2009 to take up a Deputy Head post in Defence Intelligence.

He completed Higher Command and Staff Course in January 11 and on promotion to Brigadier he became Chief of Staff to the National Contingent Commander in Kabul for a year.  He took up the post of Commodore Naval Personnel Strategy in early 2013, before becoming Commander Joint Forces Intelligence Group in Jan 2015.

On promotion to Major General in June 2016, he became Commandant General Royal Marines (CGRM) and Commander United Kingdom Amphibious Forces (COMUKAMPHIBFOR).

He was also appointed Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force (Somalia) on 3 June 2016.

Married to Charlotte, he has two young daughters and is an active mountaineer who continues to lead expeditions across the world. He is also an avid reader of European political history and a keen, albeit amateur, cook.


Deputy Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia

The Deputy Operation Commander (DCom) exercises command in absence of the Operation Commander.

Rear-Admiral Giovanbattista RAIMONDI

Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi was born in Taranto, Italy. He attended the Italian Naval Academy from 1984 to 1988, at the end of which he was promoted to the rank of Ensign.

 Rear Admiral Raimondi has completed a number of roles throughout his naval career. During the 1990s he was the Telecommunications Officer on board Italian Navy Destroyer, ITS MIMBELLI, Commanding Officer of the Minehunter, ITS TERMOLI and Operations Officer on board Frigate, ITS GRECALE.

Between 1999 – 2002 he was appointed as the Chief of Telecommunications Division in the Italian Naval Operations Headquarters (CINCNAV) and between 2005 – 2006 he was the Commanding Officer of Frigate ITS ALISEO.  Under his command, the ship was assigned to the NATO Standing NRF Maritime Group 2 for six months, taking part to the NATO Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR.

From 2006 – 2007 he was assigned to the Italian Navy General Staff as Chief of Telecommunications of the New Construction Division.  At the same time he was double-hatted as Chief of the Net-centric Warfare Office of the C4 and Security Department.

From 2007 to 2010 he was appointed to the Italian Delegation, NATO, as the National C3 Board Permanent Representative.

From 2010 to 2012, he was appointed Chief of the Italian Navy Telecommunications Centre, in charge of C4 systems of the Navy.  From 2010 to 2016 he was designated as European defence community representative in the Technical Advisory Group on Maritime Surveillance of the European Commission. In this role he supported the activities led by the EC envisaged  in the roadmap for the development and implementation  of the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) on the Maritime domain of the EU.

In 2013 he was appointed as Chief of C4 and Security Division and Security Agency of the Italian Navy General Staff.

From September 2014 he assumed the role of Chief of the Italian Navy C4 and Security Operational Command.

Promoted to Rear-Admiral in July 2015, he was appointed Deputy Commander (DCOM) to EU NAVFOR Somalia, Operation Atalanta in January 2017.

Married to Stefania, they have two children, Edoardo and Anita.


Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas

Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas was born in Madrid on 24 April 1962, where he lived and graduated from elementary and high school. He went on to study Engineering at the ICAI University in Madrid.  In 1982 he joined the Spanish Naval Academy in Marin and after being commissioned, he served on board a number of Spanish warships, including ESPS NUMANCIA and VICTORIA and Tall Ship, JUAN SEBASTIÁN ELCANO.

On promotion to Lieutenant Commander in 1999, he was appointed as the Executive Officer (XO) to Spanish Navy frigate, ESPS BALEARES.  He then worked in the Spanish Navy HQ in the Plans & Policy Division and integrated in the Operational Requirements Branch. Following this, he assumed the post of Chief of Operations in the Spanish Strike Group between 2005 and 2006.

In 2006 he was promoted to Commander and was appointed to the Spanish Maritime High Response Force as Chief of Intelligence Section, additionally assuming the post of Chief of Intelligence of the Fleet Headquarters. In 2009, he joined the Operations Branch in the Fleet Headquarters and in September 2011 he took up the post of Chief of Staff of the Spanish Naval Action Group-2.

In July 2013, he was promoted to Captain and appointed to the Spanish Navy Logistic Support Command, as Chief of Logistics Studies Office.

In December 2016 he was nominated by the Spanish Navy and European Union to be the Force Commander for Operation ATALANTA.  Upon promotion to Rear Admiral in February 2017, he assumed this important role on board his flagship, ESPS GALICIA off the coast of Somalia.

Rear Admiral Fernández-Pintado has commanded a number of warships during his busy naval career, including ESPS ALCANADA, TAMBRE, CANARIAS and GALICIA. He has also participated in a number of operations, including DESERT SHIELD and SHARP GUARD and NATO deployments, STANAVFORLANT and MCMFORSOUTH.  An Anti-Submarine Warfare specialist, he attended the Joint Staff Course between 2001-2002.

Force Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia

The Force Commander (FCdr) exercises command and control of all military forces in the area of operation.