ESPS Patino has been the EUROMARFOR flagship for the past 4 months, under the command of Rear Admiral Jorge Manso and during that time EMF warships have successfully carried out counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia and across the Indian Ocean. At the ceremony, that took place alongside in Djibouti, Rear Admiral Manso spoke about how proud he was of the EUROMARFOR sailors and marines under his command who have worked so tirelessly to track down and disrupt armed pirate attack groups who prowl the waters off the Horn of Africa. On occasion of his change of command speech, new Force Commander Rear Admiral Dupuis stressed that "It is an honour to succeed to our predecessors on board Patino, who have done a great job and reduced the threat off the coasts of Somalia. My staff and I are very proud to assume command of TF 465 and face the challenge of the fight against piracy". He also added :"Despite the efforts made by many countries to guarantee a significant force flow, among which France providing at least two ships and a maritime patrol aircraft, the upcoming inter-monsoon period will be a great challenge, as it generally coincides with an increase in the number of attacks."