Monday, 3 October 2016

EU NAVFOR Counter Piracy News September

Counter-Piracy Partners, EU Naval Force and Combined Maritime Forces, Meet in Muscat
During a port visit to Muscat, Oman, Operation Atalanta naval officers welcomed staff from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) on board the EU Naval Force flagship, HNLMS Tromp.

Refueling on the Move for Operation Atalanta’s Spanish Warship
Operation Atalanta’s Spanish Warship, ESPS Santa Maria, has completed a Replenishment At Sea (RAS) with the American tanker, USNS Laramie, whilst conducting counter-piracy work in the waters off Somalia.

Operation Atalanta’s Dutch Flagship HNLMS Tromp Welcomes Chinese Captain as Naval Task Forces Work Together to Help Ensure Somali Piracy Remains Suppressed
Whilst on a recent port visit to Salalah, HNLMS Tromp’s commanding officer, Commander Schipper, welcomed Captain Sun Jing Dong from Chinese warship, PLA (People’s Liberation Army) Navy Ship Handan, on board.

Counter-Piracy Task Forces Meet at Sea in the Gulf of Aden
Operation Atalanta’s counter-piracy Force Commander, Dutch Commodore Luyckx, recently visited the Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, Rear Admiral Nam Dong Woo, aboard Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy warship, Munmu the Great.

Serbian Maritime Protection Team Awarded EU Operation Atalanta Medal for Keeping WFP Vessel Safe from Pirates off Coast of Somalia
On 18 September 2016 Operation Atalanta’s Serbian maritime protection team was awarded the Common Security and Defence Policy service medal in recognition of their outstanding work off the coast of Somalia as part of the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta.

German Maritime Patrol Aircraft Carries Out Air Drop at Sea for Operation Atalanta Flagship HNLMS Tromp
Over the weekend, Operation Atalanta’s German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) over flew Dutch flagship, HNLMS Tromp, at sea in the Gulf of Aden.

Dutch Counter-Piracy Flagship HNLMS Tromp Pays a Visit to Sultanate of Oman
Operation Atalanta’s counter-piracy flagship, HNLMS Tromp, recently spent time in the Sultanate of Oman on a port visit. The Dutch warship sailed into Muscat after weeks at sea on patrol helping to deter piracy off the coast of Somalia.

Somali Fishermen Welcome Food and Water from Operation Atalanta’s Italian Sailors
During their recent counter-piracy patrols, Italian sailors from Operation Atalanta’s warship, ITS Euro, met some Somali fishermen out at sea in the Gulf of Aden.

Operation Atalanta Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircrew Help to Keep Seafarers Safe from the Air
Operation Atalanta’s Spanish maritime patrol aircrew, based in Djibouti, fly air missions over the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden on a regular basis. Their key role is to keep a sharp look out over the sea and along the Somali coast for any potential pirate activity. As well as this important counter-piracy work, the Spanish aircrew also regularly performs Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMC) tasks that benefit seafarers in the area.

Operation Atalanta’s Spanish Warship Supports Somali Fishermen
Operation Atalanta’s Spanish warship, ESPS Santa Maria, has been meeting Somali fishermen in the Gulf of Aden during routine patrols to protect the seas off Somalia from the threat of piracy.

Operation Atalanta Italian Warship Pays a Visit to Serbian Vessel Protection Team
World Food Programme (WFP) chartered vessel, MV Douro, is operating in the waters off Somalia with an embarked Serbian Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD). This Detachment is provided by Operation Atalanta to ensure the valuable humanitarian aid cargo is protected from piracy attack whilst transiting along the Somali coastline.

Operation Atalanta Counter-Piracy Force Commander Welcomed Aboard Japanese Warship
Operation Atalanta’s Dutch Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx, recently spent time aboard the Japanese warship JDS Suzutsuki. He received a warm welcome aboard from Captain Minami, Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151’s Escort Division 4 and the ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Nakayama.

Operation Atalanta Dutch Force Commander Visits Spanish Warship, ESPS Santa Maria
The Royal Netherlands Navy warship Tromp is the current Flagship of counter-piracy Operation Atalanta. Whilst patrolling in the Gulf of Aden recently she was in close proximity with fellow Operation Atalanta warship, ESPS Santa Maria so the Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx, took the opportunity to visit the Spanish sailors.

Dutch Counter-Piracy Flagship Trains Bossasso Port Authorities
HNLMS Tromp, the Dutch Flagship of counter-piracy Operation Atalanta, has provided training to the Bossasso Port Authorities in Puntland, Somalia. Representatives from the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) were on hand throughout the day to answer questions and provide support.

Operation Atalanta’s Italian Warship Escorts Humanitarian Vessel in the Gulf of Aden
The Italian warship ITS Euro has recently escorted World Food Programme (WFP) chartered vessel MV Apollonas in the Gulf of Aden. When chartered by the WFP, the vessel transports food-aid around the region. ITS Euro was on-hand to ensure she was able to transit the area safely without fear of pirate attack.

Somalia’s Farmers and Livestock Exporters Reap Benefit of Safer Seas as Naval Forces Ensure Pirate Attacks Remain Suppressed off the Coast
During one of her counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia, sailors from Operation Atalanta Italian warship, ITS Euro, recently met the crew of a dhow that was transporting livestock from Somalia to the Middle East.

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.