Monday, 30 November 2015

EU NAVFOR : Counter Piracy News

Operation Atalanta Flagship ITS Carabiniere Conducts First Friendly Approach
On Sunday 25 October 2015, ITS Carabiniere performed her first friendly approach (FA) with a fishing vessel off the coast of Somalia.

Operation Atalanta Spanish Warship Strengthens Relationships with Local Somali Leaders
On Saturday 31 October 2015, local Somali leaders were hosted on board Spanish warship, ESPS Victoria.
The Spanish crew spoke with the local Somali leaders about the role of EU Naval Force in the region and its commitment to deter and disrupt piracy and to monitor fishing activities along the coastline.

Operation Atalanta Warships Train With Seychelles Maritime Forces During Port Visit
On Friday 30 October 2015 Operation Atalanta warships, ESPS Meteoro and HNLMS Groningen, carried out training with the Seychelles Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Police during their port visit to Port Victoria.

Operation Atalanta Lithuanian Maritime Protection Team Delivers Donations to Orphanage in Mombasa
On Wednesday 25 October 2015 members of the Lithuanian Maritime Protection Team on board World Food Programme ship MV Douro, delivered donations to the Bee Hive children’s orphanage in Mombasa.

United States Navy Supports Operation Atalanta Flag Ship ITS Carabiniere With Replenishment At Sea
On Thursday 5 November 2015, ITS Carabiniere performed a replenishment at sea (RAS) with US Navy ship, USNS Patuxent, off the coast of Somalia.

Operation Atalanta Flagship ITS Carabiniere Provides Food and Medical Aid to Fishermen
On Wednesday 4 November 2015, Operation Atalanta’s flagship, ITS Carabiniere, provided food, water and medical assistance to local fishermen off the Somali Coast.

Seychelles Air Force Train With Operation Atalanta Spanish Warship ESPS Victoria
On Saturday 7 November 2015, Spanish warship, ESPS Victoria, carried out counter-piracy training with the Seychelles Air Force.

Operation Atalanta Flagship ITS Carabiniere Hosts President of Italian Republic
On Wednesday 11 November 2015, Operation Atalanta’s flagship, ITS Carabiniere, hosted the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.

Warship HNLMS Groningen Commences EUNAVFOR Support for a UN Initiative to Improve Somali livelihoods
On Thursday 12th November, EU NAVFOR Warship HNLMS Groningen commenced her escort of a UN Fishery and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) chartered vessel, whose task is to deploy 25 Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) along the 3300km coast of Somalia.

Operation Atalanta Warship HNLMS GRONINGEN Welcomes Somali Minister
Operation Atalanta hosted the Somali Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources on board the Dutch warship, HNLMS Groningen.

Operation Atalanta Flagship ITS Carabiniere Conducts Diving Exercise with Royal Navy of Oman
On Monday 9 November 2015 Italian navy divers from ITS Carabiniere conducted a diving exercise with sailors from the Royal Navy of Oman.

Operation Atalanta Bids Farewell to Spanish Warship ESPS Meteoro off the Coast of Somalia
On Sunday 15 November 2015 ESPS Meteoro started her journey home to Spain after completing a three-month deployment with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.

Operation Atalanta Warships Conduct Replenishment at Sea with US Navy Ship
On Tuesday 10 and Thursday 13 November 2015 Operation Atalanta flagship ITS Carabiniere and FGS Erfurt conducted replenishments at sea (RAS) with USNS Patuxent.

A Day Onboard UN FAO Escort Ship HNLMS Groningen off the Coast of Somalia
Over the weekend Dutch Warship, HNLMS Groningen, continued her protection of UN FAO vessel, MV Kestrel, as it deployed Fishery Aggregating Devices, or FADs, to help develop the fishing grounds off the coast of Somalia for the local fishermen.

Operation Atalanta Spanish Warship Trains with Seychelles Air Force
After twenty days at sea conducting counter-piracy patrols, Spanish Warship, ESPS Victoria, paid a visit to the Seychelles. The port of call allowed the ship’s company to replenish stores and fuel, and take some rest and recuperation before they returned to sea.

Operation Atalanta Force Commander Thanks Lithuanian Maritime Protection Team Embarked in World Food Programme Vessel MV Douro
On Saturday 14 November 2015, ITS Carabiniere rendezvoused with World Food Programme (WFP) vessel, MV Douro, as it sailed along the Somali coastline on its way to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Somalia.

HNLMS Groningen Hands Over EU Naval Force Protection of UN Vessel to ITS Carabiniere
On Monday 16 November, EU Naval Force warship, HNLMS Groningen, handed over the protection of UN FAO vessel, MV Comarco Kestrel, to ITS Carabiniere.

Operation Atalanta Flagship ITS Carabiniere and German Maritime Patrol Aircraft Meet at Sea off the Somali Coast
On Wednesday 18 November the Operation Atalanta flagship, ITS Carabiniere, and German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) met at sea as they conducted counter-piracy patrols off the Somali coast.

UN FAO Ship MV Kestrel Hosts Somali Fishermen as Operation Atalanta Flagship Provides Close Protection from Potential Pirate Attack
On Friday 20 November 2015, MV Kestrel, hosted seven Somali fishermen. The fishermen, who were accompanied by a Somali official, had been invited on board to witness the deployment of fish aggregating devices (FADs), which are currently being placed along the Somali coastline by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (UN FAO) to help increase the daily catches of local fishermen at sea.

Operation Atalanta German Warship FGS Erfurt Trains with Somaliland Coast Guard
In partnership with EU CAP Nestor, Operation Atalanta warship, FGS Erfurt, carried out maritime training with the Somaliland Coast Guard in the Gulf of Aden.

French Maritime Patrol Aircraft Joins Operation Atalanta
On Wednesday 18 November 2015, a French Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance (MPRA) aircraft, the Falcon 50, joined Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.
The French Air Detachment is based in Djibouti and is tasked with patrolling the coast of Somalia to provide an accurate, up to date picture of the region and assist with counter-piracy patrols.

Operation Atalanta German Maritime Patrol Aircraft Supports Flagship With Air-drop at Sea
On Monday 23 November 2015, Operation Atalanta’s German Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPRA) provided vital support at sea to the flagship, ITS Carabiniere.

Operation Atalanta Bids Farewell to Dutch Warship HNLMS Groningen off Coast of Somalia
On Friday 27 November Dutch warship, HNLMS Groningen, completed her three month deployment with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.

EU Naval Force Has Successfully Protected One Million Tonnes of Food Aid for the Somali People
This week, the European Union’s counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia reached a very impressive milestone.  Codenamed ‘Operation Atalanta’, since it was launched by the EU in December 2008, EU Naval Force warships and maritime protection teams embarked in WFP ships, have successfully protected one million tonnes of World Food Programme (WFP) aid from potential pirate attack.
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.