Migrant Rescue Operations – Lecture with Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Mallia

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Migrant Rescue Operations - Lecture with Lieutenant Colonel Andrew MalliaThe University of Malta’s Department of International Relations will be hosting a public lecture entitled “Migrant Rescue Operations – Operational, Legal and Humanitarian Challenges” by Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Mallia, Commanding Officer, Maritime Squadron, Armed Forces of Malta.

The lecture will take place on Monday, the 3rd of March at 17.00-19.00 in Engineering Building, Room 1 (EB1) at the University of Malta. The event is free of charge and open to the general public.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Mallia enlisted in the Armed Forces of Malta as an Officer Cadet in June 1993 and subsequently attended the Naval Academy in Flensburg in 1994, from where he graduated first in his class and was promoted to the rank of Midshipman. He then attended a number of specialist schools and fleet practical training between 1994 and 1996 gaining qualifications in surface and anti-submarine warfare, operational planning and communications as well as engineering and damage control and was commissioned in the rank of Lieutenant on 13 December 1995.

On completion of his training he was posted to Maritime Squadron, then part of the 2nd Regiment AFM. He served as Executive Officer (XO) aboard one of the AFM’s Kondor-class offshore patrol vessels. During this period he also attended the United States Coastguard Search and Rescue School in Yorktown Virginia obtaining his qualification as SAR Mission Co-ordinator (SMC).

In January 1998 he took command of the Kondor-class Offshore Patrol Vessel P29 which post he held until 2003. Simultaneously he also served as Operations Officer and Second-in-Command of the Maritime Squadron as well as serving as a SAR Mission Coordinator at Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) Malta.

Promoted to Captain in January 2001, he attended the United States Naval Staff College in Newport, Rhode Island between June and December 2001 from where he graduated with distinction before taking up the post of Staff Officer II Air, Maritime & Air Defence Operations at Headquarters AFM in 2003. He was promoted to Major in June 2007.

In July 2008 he was appointed Acting Staff Officer I Air, Maritime & Air Defence Operations which was followed by his promotion to Acting Lieutenant Colonel in July 2009. Following a reorganisation of staff appointments at HQ AFM, A/Lt Col Mallia received the appointment of Staff Officer I Maritime and Air Plans & Operations. He was confirmed in the substantive rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 01 July 2010.

On 02 August 2013, he was appointed as Commanding Officer, Maritime Squadron assuming command of 300 personnel and 15 boats that provide the AFM with its maritime surface capabilities.

Lieutenant Colonel Mallia was awarded a diploma on graduation from the US Naval Staff College and holds an Advanced Diploma in Public International Maritime Law from the IMO International Maritime Law Institute in Malta. He is currently enrolled in the CD-ROM based programme of the College of Distance Education, Naval War College leading to a Command & Staff Diploma.

Throughout his career he has represented the AFM and Malta on various committees and delegations during meetings with, among others, the European Commission and Council, the International Maritime Organisation and specialised agencies such as FRONTEX. Lt Col Mallia has also been called to give evidence to a variety of inquiries and studies held by organisations such as the European Parliament and the House of Lords Sub-Committee on European Affairs.

For further information please contact the Department of International Relations on 2340 3083 or valentina.cassar@um.edu.mt.

File Photograph – AFM Press Office.

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