Until now, 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.
EUROMARFOR ships (from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain) under the operational command of EUNAVFOR were the main contributers to this mission.Read more
On Monday 23 November 2015, Operation Atalanta’s German Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPRA) provided vital support at sea to the flagship, ITS Carabiniere.Read more
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.Read more
On Friday 27 November Dutch warship, HNLMS Groningen, completed her three month deployment with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.Read more
A frigate, four to six reconnaissance aircraft, and aerial replenishment of French fighter jets will be the German contribution to the French fight against ISIS. The German government appropriated these assets one day after the meeting between the French President Francois Hollande and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. German Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that a […]Read more