FORCE COMMANDER Rear Admiral (LH)Alberto Maffeis

Rear Admiral (LH) Alberto Maffeis is the Force Commander of the Eunavformed operation “Sophia” Task Force from December 14, 2017. Recentely, he has been the Commander at sea of the Italian Operation “Mare Sicuro” for three tours of duty, from September 26 to November 15, 2017, from December 27, 2016 to March 10, 2017, and from June 17 to September 6, 2016.

He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1986 achieving a Maritime and Naval Sciences degree from the University of Pisa, Italy, and he attended the National Defence College in Rome attaining a Master degree in Strategy.

He spent most of his career at sea onboard corvettes De Cristofaro, Todaro, Driade, and frigates Libeccio and Scirocco, serving as Navigator, Communicator, Operations Officer, and Principal Warfare Officer.

He commanded ITS Termoli, ITS Alpino, the Italian Corvettes and Offshore Patrol Vessels Squadrons, ITS Elettra, the Italian Navy Patrol Forces and the Italian Navy Command School.

He also served in a number of prestigious shore appointments. He was the head of the Electronic Warfare Training Department at the Command in Chief of the Italian Fleet. He served to the Supreme Headquarters of Allied Powers in Europe, Belgium, as staff officer of the Policy and Requirements Division, and to the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence, USA, as the Transformation Branch Head and Chairman of the NATO Maritime Operations Working Group.

Rear Admiral Maffeis is married and father of two kids.