UNIFIL Maritime Task Force (MTF) is the first naval task force to take part in peacekeeping. MTF is a subsidiary mission of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon that was established in March 1978 to promote peace and stability in the region.
MTF operates with seven warships and about nine hundred personnel including crew and staff. Upon the request of the Lebanese government and the decision of United Nations Security Council under resolution 1701, MTF was established in October 2006 and it has since took control of assisting the Lebanese Armed Forces in preventing the entrance of illegal arms or related materials in any of Lebanese ports, and coordinating joint training with Lebanese navy for peace and stability.
Major-General Luciano Portolano is the Head of the Mission and Force Commander of UNIFIL and Rear Admiral Claudio Henrique Mello de Almeida is UNIFIL MTF Commander. In Portolano last visit to the base before he leaves later this month after two years of service as head of mission, he thanked the assembled crew of naval peacekeepers for their broad shared sacrifice.
UNIFIL is one of the first UN missions still in operations. With 11,598 personnel UNIFIL continues to work within its mandate to achieve great success.