EU NAVFOR Force Biographies

OpCdr_Photo_Rob Magowan CBE

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.

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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.