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The ‘Tercio de Armada’ bids farewell to the Spanish Marine Corps Expeditionary Force headed for Mali.
Tuesday, January 09, 2018


On January 9th, the ‘Tercio de Armada’ Commandant, Brigadier General Antonio Planells, presided over a military parade in San Fernando (Cádiz) to bid farewell to the Spanish Marine Corps Expeditionary Force which is heading for Mali (FIMAR EUTM-MALI XI).

The FIMAR EUTM-MALI XI is made up of two platoons from the Second Landing Battalion and will deploy in Mali for six months. Approximately 60 marines will integrate into the Protection Company of the military instructors working in that African country. The protection company is currently under command of the Spanish Army with different platoons from the Legion and the Marine Corps.

Upon request of the Mali Government, and in agreement of UN Security Council resolutions, several European Union nations decided to organize a military mission to train Malian Armed Forces. This mission is called Operation EUTM Mali (European Union Training Mission in Mali). This mission is framed within the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy and is intended to train, advice, and teach Malian military personnel to enhance its defense capabilities in order to be able to conduct its own military operations to regain its territorial integrity and fight terrorist groups.

Operation EUTM in Mali is not an operational mission as such, but a training endeavor. Deployed foreign servicemen do not take part in combat operations.

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