March 18, 2017 – Stopping at Djibouti as part of the “Jeanne d’Arc 2017” mission, the frigate Courbet set sail on 16 March 2017 to integrate the Atalanta operation, under the operational control of Alindien, and to go off the coast of Somalia after The attack by alleged pirates of the oil tanker “Aris 13”.
Arrived in the area the next morning, the Aris 13, released in the night, is relocated by the Dauphin helicopter of the frigate during a reconnaissance flight. The Courbet then made a first radio contact with the ship which was en route to the port of Bossasso, escorted by the Somali security forces. The highly cooperative Sri Lankan crew is clearly reassured by this military presence.
Putting two boats in the water, the crew of Courbet then conducted a “friendly approach” to the ship, and established a dialogue with the captain to reassure the crew. He also offers medical assistance in case one of the crew members was injured during the attack and inquires about the situation. After these exchanges, the frigate accompanies the Aris 13 to the outskirts of the port of Bossasso.
Operation Atlanta was launched on 8 December 2008 by the European Union in accordance with Security Council resolutions to combat piracy activities in the Western Indian Ocean. Contributing countries work to deter, prevent and repress acts of piracy and armed robbery. This operation, which is the first naval operation of the European Union, is part of the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP).