European-led coalition in Strait Of Hormuz begins operations

The European-led mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASoH) is now operational, the French Ministry of Armed Forces has announced. The EMASoH headquarters, composed of Belgian, Danish, Dutch and French officers, is based at the French naval base in Abu Dhabi.

Lafayette-class frigate Courbet was the first vessel involved in the operation. The ship will soon be joined by the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) frigate De Ruyter, which left Den Helder naval base on January 28th. The RNLN will join the EMASoH starting mid-February.

The Danish contribution to the Strait of Hormuz will consist of a staff officer contribution for 12 months from the beginning of 2020 as well as – pending parliamentary approval – a naval contribution including a frigate, aa helicopter and up to 155 personnel for four months from September 2020.

Last month, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and France supported the creation of EMASoH. The eight European countries aim to contribute to the protection of oil tankers and cargo ships with EMASoH, the European-led maritime surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz.