Tuesday, 3 May 2016

EUNAVFORE: Counter Piracy News April





German Minister Visits Maritime Patrol Detachment
The German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development has visited Operation Atalanta’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) Detachment in Djibouti.
Federal Minister Dr Gerd Müller was on a six-day trip to Africa which concluded with this visit to the MPRA.

Head of European Union Delegation To The Republic of Djibouti Visits Spanish Maritime Patrol Detachment
On 30 March, Ambassador Joseph Silva, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Djibouti, visited the Spanish Air Force Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance (MPRA) Detachment in Djibouti.

Operation Atalanta Force Commander Visits Spanish Warship ESPS Tornado
On 3 April Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jan Kaack, visited the Spanish warship, ESPS Tornado. The visit was possible as the Operation Atalanta warships were both conducting counter-piracy maneuvers in the Gulf of Aden.

Atalanta Warships’ Joint Training Ensures they are Fully ‘FIT’ for Counter-Piracy Operations
When three Atalanta warships were operating in the Gulf of Aden recently, they took the opportunity to conduct Force Integration Training (FIT).  The FIT included a number of key naval manoeuvres, which served to confirm that the warships were ready in all respects for their counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia

German Maritime Patrol Aircraft Clocks 5000 Hours for Operation Atalanta
The German Navy has been flying their Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) with Op Atalanta for the past seven years, and this week the MPRA Detachment reached an impressive 5,000 flying hours off the coast of Somalia.

Operation Atalanta Force Commander Visits Italian Warship ITS Euro
Operation Atalanta’s German Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jan Kaack, recently visited his Italian colleagues on board the Italian warship, ITS Euro.

Operation Atalanta Italian Sailors Share Smiles with School Children in Djibouti
Sailors from Italian warship, ITS Euro, which has been deployed with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia since the end of March, took time during a recent stopover in Djibouti to visit a local school, Notre-Dame de Boulaos, and meet the children who study there.

Operation Atalanta Sailors Share Expertise with Djiboutian Coastguard
On 19 April 2016, members of the Djiboutian Coastguard were invited on board Operation Atalanta Flagship, FGS Bayern, to take part in a busy day of maritime skills training.

Counter-Piracy Navy Commanders from Operation Atalanta and Combined Task Force 151 Meet in Salalah, Oman
During a recent port visit to Oman, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Kaack, invited the Commander of the Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, Rear Admiral Cheong Kwok Chien, on board the EU Naval Force (Somalia) flagship, FGS Bayern.

Italian Sailors Deployed with Operation Atalanta Train with Tanzanian Navy
During a recent port visit to Dar Es Salaam, Operation Atalanta’s Italian warship, ITS Euro, conducted a series of naval exercises with men and women from the Tanzanian Navy.

Op Atalanta’s Italian Sailors Join in the Games with Schoolchildren in Tanzania
During a recent port visit to Dar es Salaam, sailors from Operation Atalanta’s Italian warship, ITS Euro, took the opportunity to visit local children.

Operation Atalanta Flagship Rescues 92 Passengers from Stricken Vessel
On 29 April 2016, Operation Atalanta’s German Flagship, FGS Bayern, rescued 92 people from a stricken vessel in a Saving Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) event.
EU NAVFOR ATALANTA
EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia - Operation Atalanta is part of the EU's comprehensive approach to tackle symptoms and root causes of piracy off the coast of Somalia and the EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa adopted in November 2011.

EU NAVFOR conducts anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and the Indian Ocean and is responsible for the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) shipping carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Somalia and Horn of Africa as well as the logistic shippings supporting the African Union troops conducting Peace Support Operations in Somalia (AMISOM). Additionally, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.