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Coat of arms of Euromarfor.svg
Active 1995–present
Country  European Union
Branch Navy
Type Rapid reaction force
Part of European Union Military Staff
Motto(s) At Sea for Peace

The European Maritime Force (EUROMARFOR or EMF) is a non-standing,[1] multinational military force.[2] EUROMARFOR has the ability to carry out naval, air and amphibious operations.[3] 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.

See also


  1. EUROMARFOR - At Sea for Peace pamphlet. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  2. Biscop, Sven (2003). Euro-Mediterranean security: a search for partnership. Ashgate Publishing. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-7546-3487-4. 
  3. EUROMARFOR Retrospective - Portuguese Command, page 12. Retrieved March 11, 2012.

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