Friday, 28 October 2016

EU NAVFOR: Counter Piracy Newsletter September

Operation Atalanta Spanish Warship Relampago Donates Equipment to a School In Djibouti
During her port visit to Djibouti earlier this week, sailors from Spanish warship, ESPS Relampago, visited a school Couvent de la Nativité, directed by Franciscan Missionaries of Notre Dame.

Operation Atalanta Bids Farewell to Spanish Warship ESPS Santa Maria and Welcomes ESPS Relampago
On Monday 24 October Spanish warship, ESPS Santa Maria, completed her six month deployment with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia and handed over this important role to Spanish warship, ESPS Relampago.

Dutch EU NAVFOR Flagship HNLMS Tromp Greets Somali Fishermen During Counter-Piracy Patrols Close to the Somali Coast
Whilst conducting EU NAVFOR counter-piracy patrols near to the Somali coastline, Dutch frigate and Operation Atalanta flagship, HNLMS Tromp, met a number of Somali fishermen and took the opportunity to explain how EU Naval Force warships are helping to keep the seas safer for all seafarers by deterring any potential armed pirate attacks.

ESPS Santa Maria Sailors Celebrate Spanish National Day and Ship’s Birthday
Wednesday 12th October was a memorable day for the sailors of Spanish warship, ESPS Santa Maria.  Not only was it the Kingdom of Spain’s national day, it was also the thirtieth anniversary since the warship was commissioned into the Spanish Navy.

Operation Atalanta’s Serbian WFP Vessel Protection Team Welcomes Visit by Republic of Serbia First Secretary to Kenya
During MSM Douro’s recent port visit to Mombasa, the Serbian maritime protection team that is currently embarked as part of Operation Atalanta’s protection of World Food Programme vessels carrying humanitarian aid for displaced people in Somalia, welcomed the First Secretary from the Serbian Embassy, Ms Irina Žarin, on board.

Strengthen Ties During Port Visit to Mombasa
Operation Atalanta’s French warship, La Fayette, was recently welcomed into the port of Mombasa. This was the first time an EU Naval Force ship has had the opportunity to visit the Kenyan port in over a year.

Atalanta Flagship HNLMS Tromp Conducts Local Maritime Capacity Building During Visit to Dar es Salaam
During their recent port visit to Dar es Salaam, sailors from the Operation Atalanta flagship,   HNLMS Tromp, conducted two days of Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB) training with personnel from the Tanzanian Navy and Coastguard.

Medal Parade Held on board HNLMS Tromp for Operation Atalanta Sailors
On Sunday 2 October the Operation Atalanta Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx, awarded the Operation Atalanta Medal to the multinational staff members embarked onboard the flagship, HNLMS Tromp.

Atalanta Force Commander Visits Acting Chief of Tanzanian Navy
On Tuesday 4 October 2016, Atalanta Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx, visited the acting Chief of the Tanzanian Navy Brigade, General Rogastian Shabani Laswai.

Atalanta’s Operation Commander and IMO’s Secretary General – Piracy Still a Threat to Ships in Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean
On Thursday 6th October 2016, Atalanta’s Operation Commander, Major General Rob Magowan, visited the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, at the IMO headquarters in London.

ESPS Santa Maria Sailors Train with Seychelles Coastguard and Maritime Police Unit During Visit to The Seychelles
Earlier today Operation Atalanta warship, ESPS Santa Maria, arrived in the Seychelles for a port visit.

EUCAP NESTOR, Somali Coastguard and Maritime Police Unit Visit Operation Atalanta Flagship HNLMS Tromp
On 30 September a team from EUCAP Nestor, led by the recently appointed Head of Mission, Maria-Cristina Stepanescu, paid a visit to the Operation Atalanta flagship, HNLMS Tromp.

French Warship La Fayette Joins Atalanta To Conduct Counter-Piracy Operations
On Wednesday 28 September 2016, Atalanta was boosted by the arrival of French warship La Fayette.

Operation Atalanta Says “Arrivederci” to ITS Euro as she Begins her Return Home to Italy
On 30th September 2016, 190 days after joining Operation Atalanta, Italian frigate, ITS Euro, has said goodbye to the EU’s counter-piracy operation 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.