Saturday, 31 January 2015

EU NAVFOR Operation Atlanta - Latest Headlines



Crew from EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Rayo and US 82nd Air Squadron Meet at Camp Lemonier Military Base in Djibouti
During their recent port visit to Djibouti, the Operations Officer and three pilots from the EU Naval Force Spanish warship, ESPS Rayo, met with personnel from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERSQ), who are stationed at US base, Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

EU Naval Force Meets Japanese Escort Division 2 at Sea
On Monday 26 January, the EU Naval Force Flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, and the Japanese warship JS Harusame met at sea in the Gulf of Aden. On board the Flagship, the Force Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Guido Rando, hosted the Commander of Escort Division 2, Captain Masatoshi Kashihara, and a representative from his staff.

EU Naval Force Warship FGS Lubeck Escorts Humanitarian Aid Vessel Along Somali Coastline
EU Naval Force German frigate, FGS Lubeck, has safely escorted a World Food Programme (WFP) vessel from Mombasa to the port of Kismayo in southern Somalia.

Japanese Journalists Visit EU Naval Force Operational HQ for Update on Counter-Piracy Operations
Earlier today eleven journalists from Japan visited the EU Naval Force Operational Headquarters in Northwood, UK.  During the visit the journalists were given a briefing on the European Union’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta and the successful cooperation at sea between the EU Naval Force and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Forces.  Both forces are operating in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean to help deter and disrupt piracy and protect merchant ships from pirate attack.

EU Naval Force Bids Farewell to Brigadier General Swijgman as he Hands Over the Role of Deputy Operation Commander to Rear Admiral Paolo Pezzutti
After five months, Brigadier General Dick Swijgman (Royal Netherlands Marine Corps) today handed over the role of Deputy Operation Commander (DCOM) of the European Union Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta, to Rear Admiral Paolo Pezzutti (Italian Navy).

EU Naval Force Commander, Rear Admiral Guido Rando, Meets CFT 151 Rear Admiral Wanich Pakorn During Port Visit in Muscat, Oman
On 21 of January, the Force Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Guido Rando, hosted on board his flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, the Commander of the Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), Rear Admiral Wanich Pakorn.  Rear Admiral Pakorn was accompanied by his Public Affairs Officer, Commander Komol Kongboonrak, and the First Secretary of the Royal Thai Embassy in Muscat, Manasawee Tonyoopaiboon.

EU Naval Force Flagship ITS Andrea Doria Ensures Safe Delivery of 1,350 Tonnes of World Food Programme Aid to Somali People
A key role for the EU Naval Force is to protect World Food Programme (WFP) vessels carrying humanitarian aid to the Somali people from possible pirate attack.  On Monday 22 December the EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, took on the important duty of escorting WFP ship, MV Liberty, 500 nautical miles from Mombasa to Mogadishu.

Spanish Chief of Defence Staff Vists EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Rayo During Port Visit to Djibouti
During their recent port visit to Djibouti, EU Naval Force warship, ESPS Rayo, welcomed the Spanish Chief of Defence Staff, General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez, on board. General Admiral García Sánchez was accompanied by several military officials, including the Fleet Admiral and Joint Operations Commander.

EU Naval Force ESPS Rayo Provides Medical Assistance During a Friendly Approach
EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Rayo provided much-needed medical assistance during a ‘friendly approach’ to local Yemeni seafarers during counter-piracy operations in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC).

EUCAP Nestor, the Republic of Seychelles Coast Guard and EU Naval Force Warship Conduct Counter-Piracy Exercise at Sea
During a recent port visit to The Seychelles, the EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, conducted a counter-piracy exercise called ‘Exchange 2015’ with members of the Seychelles Coast Guard and Maritime Police. The exercise was planned and coordinated with staff from EUCAP Nestor.

EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Rayo Carries Out Replenishment at Sea with United States Supply Ship USNS Charles Drew
On Friday 9 January EU Naval Force warship, ESPS Rayo, successfully conducted a Replenishment-at-Sea (RAS) with United States supply ship USNS Charles Drew in the Gulf of Aden.

EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Rayo Strengthens Relationships with Local Seafarers and Provides Medical Assistance in the Gulf of Aden
On Sunday 11 January during one of her counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, EU Naval Force warship, ESPS Rayo, sighted several fishing vessels.  In order to develop a greater understanding of the pattern of life of local seafarers and any concerns they may have about piracy, the Spanish Navy warship’s Commanding Officer tasked his Boarding Team to carry out a ‘Friendly Approach’ visits in the Gulf of Aden.
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.

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