Friday, 31 October 2014

EU NAVFOR Operation Atlanta - Latest Headlines



EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Navarra conducts Friendly Approach in the Gulf of Aden and carries out maintenance on its embarked helicopter
Recently, whilst conducting counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden in an area with a large number of fishing vessels, EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Navarra conducted a friendly approach on a dhow.

EU Force Commander meets Senior Omani Officers and meets the Force Commanders of the NATO and CMF Counter-Piracy missions during visit to Muscat
On 28 September, EU Naval Force Flagship ITS Andrea Doria arrived in Port Sultan Qaboos, Muscat, Oman for a busy 4 day port visit.

EU Naval Force Warships FGS Berlin and HNLMS Van Speijk conduct successful escort of World Food Programme Ship
One of the core tasks of EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta is the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) vessels delivering aid to Somalia. This particular escort of a WFP chartered vessel was conducted by two EU NAVFOR Warships the FGS Berlin and the HNLMS Van Speijk over a period of eight days.

EU Naval Force Operation Commander Strengthens Ties with Regional Partners in Fight Against Piracy
Having taken Operation Command of the EU Naval Force at the end of August, a priority for Major General Martin Smith MBE was to visit the Horn of Africa and the east African region to strengthen ties with the EU’s partners and highlight EU Naval Force’s commitment in the fight against Somali piracy.

Serbian Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment Ensures Protection of World Food Programme Ship
Since 21 September an EU Naval Force Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD) from Serbia has been embarked onboard the World Food Programme (WFP) chartered vessel MV Douro and will remain so for the next three months.

FGS Berlin completes her last Replenishment at Sea before ending her deployment as part of EU Naval Force
On 5 October, EU Naval Force Warship, FGS Berlin conducted her twenty-first and final Replenishment at Sea (RAS) as part of EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta with the EU Naval Force Flagship ITS Andrea Doria.

German Frigate FGS Lübeck joins EU Naval Force
In the early hours of the morning on 6 October the German Bremen Class Frigate FGS Lübeck joined EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta. She relieved the German Joint Support Ship FGS Berlin following a few days of handover in the port of Djibouti.

Indonesian Military Delegation visit EU Naval Force Operational Headquarters
On Tuesday 14 October a delegation of senior officers from the Indonesian Defence Forces visited the EU Naval Force Operational Headquarters (OHQ) in Northwood.

EU Naval Force Warship HNLMS Van Speijk Assists EUCAP Nestor with Training of Somali Students in Djibouti
During her recent port visit to Djibouti to replenish food and spare parts, Dutch frigate HNLMS Van Speijk, took the opportunity to assist EUCAP Nestor in delivering practical training for Somali students who are currently completing a port control course.

EU Naval Force Flagship ITS Andrea Doria Conducts Counter-Piracy Exercise with Japanese Warship JS Takanami in the Gulf of Aden
On Thursday 16th October 2014 the European Union Naval Force flagship, ITS Andrea Doria and Japanese Navy warship, JS Takanami, which is currently deployed with Combined Maritime Force CTF151, carried out a counter-piracy exercise at sea in the Gulf of Aden.

Spanish Ambassador to The Seychelles Visits EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Navarra in Port Victoria
After two and a half month since she joined the EU Naval Force, ESPS Navarra has paid a visit to Port Victoria in the Seychelles.

Counter-Piracy Warships from EU Naval Force and NATO Meet at Sea in the Gulf of Aden and ESPS Navarra Strengthens Relationships with Local Seafarers
On Saturday 18 October sailors from EU Naval Force Spanish frigate, ESPS Navarra, embarked in the Danish frigate HDMS Esbern Snare.  The Danish frigate is part of NATO’s counter-piracy operation, Ocean Shield.

EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Navarra Welcomes Spanish Ambassador to Tanzania On Board During Port Visit to Dar Es Salaam and Provides Training to Tanzanian Navy
After completing counter-piracy patrols in the Indian Ocean, EU Naval force frigate, ESPS Navarra, entered the port of Dar Es Salaam to re-supply the ship.

EU Naval Force Warship HNLMS Van Speijk Hosts Students of the East African Standby Forces of the African Union
On Thursday 23 October HNLMS van Speijk hosted a group of sixteen students from the East African Standby Forces (EASF) of the African Union.

EU Naval Force Flagship ITS Andrea Doria Visits Dubai in Support of UAE Counter-Piracy Week
The flagship of the EU Naval Force, ITS Andrea Doria, is visiting Dubai in support of the UAE Counter-Piracy Week.
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.

For more information, please visit our website www.eunavfor.eu.