Wednesday, 31 August 2016

EU Navfor media: Counter Piracy Newsletter August

Italian Warship ITS Euro Hosts Operation Atalanta Force Commander
EU Naval Force Somalia’s Force Commander, Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Luyckx, took the opportunity to visit Operation Atalanta’s Italian warship, ITS Euro, recently.

Op Atalanta’s Dutch Flagship has her Tanks Topped Up
On a recent clear, bright and early morning in the Gulf of Aden, Operation Atalanta’s Dutch Flagship, HNLMS Tromp, was refueled at sea by the American tanker, USNS John Ericsson.

Force Commander Visits Support Elements in Djibouti
Whilst on a recent visit to Djibouti, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx, paid a visit to the German National Support Element (NSE) and Support Element Atalanta (SEA). Both provide crucial logistical support to the counter-piracy operation.

Operation Atalanta Warship ITS Euro Escorts World Food Programme Vessel
Protecting potentially vulnerable vessels from piracy off the coast of Somalia is one of Operation Atalanta’s key tasks. Italian warship, ITS Euro, recently escorted World Food Programme (WFP) ship MV Antaios as she transited through the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden carrying precious food-aid.

Japanese Counter-Piracy Sailors Visit Operation Atalanta Flagship
On 21 August 2016, Japanese officers from Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 visited Operation Atalanta Flagship, HNLMS Tromp, for a meeting with the Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx.

Spanish Marines Training Ensures they are Always Ready to Deter Pirate Attacks at Sea
ESPS Santa Maria is currently deployed with Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean as part of Spain’s contribution to the European Union’s efforts to ensure piracy remains suppressed off the coast of Somalia.

Operation Atalanta Force Commander Visits Marine Unit at Mogadishu International Airport
Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Commodore Rene Luyckx, recently visited the AMISOM marine unit at Mogadishu International Airport. The visit was one of a series made by the Commodore to regional partners who are working hard to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

Counter-Piracy Force Commander Visits Djiboutian Navy Operations Centre
Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Luyckx received a briefing on the capabilities of the Djiboutian Navy by its Head of Operations and was impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the set up of the Centre which aims to protect maritime security in the waters off the Djiboutian coast.

Counter-Piracy Force Commander Pays a Visit to Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft Detachment in Djibouti
During his visit, Commodore Luyckx of the Royal Netherlands Navy was introduced to the commanding officer, air crew and ground support teams. He was then provided with briefings regarding the P-3’s capabilities and later visited the aircraft, where the crew explained in detail the equipment and sensors on board.

Operation Atalanta’s Italian Warship Trains with Tanzanian Navy
Whilst on a port-visit to Dar Es Salaam recently, Operation Atalanta’s Italian Warship ITS Euro took the opportunity to train with sailors and divers from the Tanzanian Navy.

Op Atalanta Force Commander Meets Serbian Vessel Protection Team
Protecting vulnerable vessels in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden is one of Operation Atalanta’s key tasks. The World Food Programme (WFP) ship MV Douro has an embarked Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD) aboard to ensure her valuable cargo of food-aid is protected en route to Somalia.

Counter-Piracy Task Force Commanders Meet at Sea
Whilst on counter-piracy patrol off the coast of Somalia recently, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander hosted the Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, Rear Admiral Nam of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy.

Pit-Stop in the Gulf of Aden for Operation Atalanta Flagship
Operation Atalanta warships are on patrol around the clock off the coast of Somalia to keep the seas safe from piracy attack. Ensuring the ships remain topped up with fuel is a logistical feat in the waters of the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, with opportunities for Replenishment at Sea (RAS) taken wherever possible.

FGS Bayern on her Way Home After Successful Counter-piracy Deployment with Operation Atalanta
Under the command of Commander Markus Brüggemeier, during her time with the EU naval operation, the German frigate and Operation Atalanta flagship sailed over 32,000 nautical miles conducting sea patrols in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean to ensure pirate attacks against seafarers remained suppressed.

Netherlands Force Commander Back with Operation Atalanta
On Saturday 6 August Rear Admiral Jan Kaack (German Navy) handed over Force Command of the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta to Commodore René Luyckx (Netherlands Navy).

Welcome Back to Operation Atalanta HNLMS Tromp!
On Saturday 6 August 2016 Operation Atalanta welcomed back Dutch frigate, HNLMS Tromp, to the EU Naval Force off the coast of Somalia.

“Auf Wiedersehen” FGS Spessart – Thanks for Your Support to Op Atalanta
Eighty eight days after joining the EU Naval Force off the coast of Somalia and having sailed over 13,600 nautical miles, the German tanker support ship, FGS Spessart, is saying goodbye to the EU’s counter-piracy operation ‘Atalanta’ off the coast of Somalia.
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.