European Maritime Force
|Type||Rapid reaction force|
|Part of||European Union Military Staff|
|Motto||At Sea for Peace|
The force was formed in 1995 to fulfill missions defined in the Petersberg Declaration, such as sea control, humanitarian missions, peacekeeping operations, crisis response operations, and peace enforcement. Now, European Maritime Force composed of personnel of some states of European Union: France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Dedicated in priority to the European Union (EU), EUROMARFOR can be deployed either in a NATO environment, acting as part of the European branch of NATO, or acting upon the mandate of other international organizations, such as United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or any other multinational coalition.
Depending on the nature of the operation, the size of the force may range from a small task group, made of a few ships, to a full range task force consisting of aircraft carriers, escorts and support vessels, and an amphibious component, as necessary to accomplish the task. For each task the required force and organization will be commonly agreed by participating nations. Furthermore, the force can incorporate units from non-EUROMARFOR nations, for training purposes or real world operations.
EUROMARFOR can be activated within 5 days once an activation order is received.