Bundesmarine P-3 Operations in Operation Atalanta

May 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – With the reconnaissance aircraft P-3C Orion, called “Jester”, pirates were tracked down in the Indian Ocean and enlightened. In collaboration with the Spanish comrades, the forces at Operation Atalanta were able to make a significant contribution to their capture. Alarm at noon It should be a quiet Sunday. The crew of the reconnaissance aircraft P-3C Orion regenerated from the strenuous mission flight the day before. The technicians were in the lunch break. Except at the Mission Support Center (MSC), there was not much traffic…

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Spain Assumes Command of Operation Atalanta

March 12, 2019 – The frigate ‘Navarra’ will be the command ship for the next five months. The Spanish Armed Forces have assumed command of the European Union Naval Force in Somalia (EU NAVFOR Somalia) Operation Atalanta in a ceremony held in Djibouti, aboard the frigate ‘Navarra’ of the Spanish Navy. During the ceremony, the Spanish Rear admiral Ricardo Atanasio Hernández López took over for the next five months in which he will act as commander of the force of the Task Force (TF) 465 of the European Union (EU),…

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INS Trikand participates in exercise Cutlass Express 2019

February 8, 2019 – INS Trikand, a front-line warship of the Indian Navy, participated in a multinational training exercise ‘CUTLASS EXPRESS – 19’ held from 27 Jan to 06 Feb 19. The aim of the exercise was to improve law enforcement capacity, promote regional security and progress inter-operability between the armed forces of the participating nations for the purpose of interdicting illegal maritime activity in the Western Indian Ocean. During the exercise, Naval, Coast Guard and Marine Police personnel from a number of East African countries were jointly trained by…

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Djibouti: Base of Operation Atalanta

December 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – “Djibouti” – the name promises an exotic flair. The other is a temporary home – for example, the German soldiers of the anti-piracy operation Atalanta. Djibouti is a republic in East Africa. She became independent in 1977 from the former colonial power of France. Djibouti borders Eritrea to the north, Ethiopia to the west and south, Somalia to the southeast, and the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea to the east. The population structure in Djibouti is dominated by two main populations. With…

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Operation Atalanta: On patrol over dangerous waters

December 12, 2018 (Google Translation) – The area of ​​operation of the anti-piracy operation Atalanta is larger than Europe. Only by airplane can this huge area in the Indian Ocean be effectively monitored. Our author went on board a German seafaring explorer of the type Orion. At half past five in the morning the thermometer is already 30 degrees – and rising. Heat and humidity in Djibouti are a challenge for Europeans. The technicians of the naval aviation squadron 3 from Nordholz are currently making their way to the airfield…

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RFS Severomorsk in Djibouti

December 11, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, the large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet “Severomorsk”, performing the tasks of a long-distance cruise in the Indian Ocean, made a business call at the port of Djibouti of the African state of the same name. The stay of Russian sailors in a foreign port will be held according to a standard program: replenishment of fuel, fresh water and food to the established standards, as well as short-term rest of personnel on the coast with a visit to city attractions. Upon completion…

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Courbet in Joint Exercise off Djibouti

November 30, 2018 (Google Translation) – Deployed in the Indian Ocean since August 2018, the frigate Courbet took advantage of her operational release in Djibouti from 19 to 21 November, to carry out several exercises including a Tarpon exercise with the French forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDj), before leaving the area by the straits of Bab El-Mandeb. Complex exercise involving many means, the Tarpon is to project on a building to the sea a commando detachment parachuted with his equipment, to meet an urgent need. Such a maneuver saves forces…

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China Conducts MEDEVAC For EUNAVFOR in Djibouti

October 15, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Support Base in Djibouti conducted a joint medical rescue and evacuation drill with the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Combined Task Force (CTF) 465 on the morning of October 12, local time, in a bid to explore the methods for joint air-sea medical rescue and evacuation at oversea base, and to test and strengthen the emergency medical rescue support capability of the PLA Support Base in Djibouti. The drill simulated the cabin of a merchant ship STAR caught…

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FFDj: medium missile weapons system evaluation campaign

October 11, 2018 (Google Translation) – From 25 August to 22 September 2018 in Djibouti, the technical section of the Army (STAT), the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) and the MBDA company conducted the missile weapons system evaluation campaign medium range (SA MMP). The purpose of this evaluation was to verify the suitability for use of MMP SA in a semi-desert environment. For this purpose, nine shots were fired and all the missiles reached their target. The results confirm the reliability of the weapons system in a hot environment as…

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Singapore Navy’s Rear Admiral Saw Shi Tat Visits INS Teg in Djibouti

A delegation led by the Commander Combined Task Force (CTF 151), Rear Admiral Saw Shi Tat, Republic of Singapore Navy, visited INS Teg (presently berthed at Djibouti) on 16 Jul 18. During the interaction, various aspects of anti-piracy operations including CTF 151 modus operandi were discussed. The Indian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Anurag Srivastav, and Nalin Kothari, Consulate General, Djibouti also visited the ship at Djibouti 16 Jul 18. The Ambassador walked around the ship and was given a presentation on IN activities and operations in Gulf of Aden. Subsequently, the…

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EU NAVFOR Helping Build Djibouti Coast Guard

Building and supporting maritime capabilities in the region is vital for on-going shared security and cooperation. EU NAVFOR is committed to assisting where it can to strengthen development with local partners. EU NAVFOR’s warship ITS Carlo Margottini recently conducted a local maritime capacity building exercise with members of the Djibouti Coastguard. The training focused on boarding operations and evidence gathering with the Coast Guard. The embarked Italian crew delivered the maritime training as part of the EU’s integrated approach to tackling piracy on the high seas. This training proved to…

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SPAWAR Delivers State-of-the-Art Communication Facility to CJTF-HOA

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) delivered scalable, turnkey enterprise information and communication systems for a new joint headquarters facility to Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti June 14. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic joint command and operations center team designed, planned, engineered and integrated command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and information technology (IT) capabilities for the headquarters, joint intelligence center (JIC) and joint operations center (JOC). “We listened to the warfighter and developed a…

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U.S. Protests Chinese Interference With U.S. Planes in Djibouti

By Jim Garamone May 3, 2018 — The United States has protested to China after repeated instances of lasers interfering with U.S. military aircraft landing in Djibouti, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said here today. In her weekly news conference, White confirmed that two Air Force crewmen were slightly injured in one incident. “They are very serious incidents,” White said. “There have been two minor injuries. This activity poses a true … threat to our airmen.” The United States has formally “demarched” the Chinese government, and requested that the…

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Amphibious Training Event Begins Off Djibouti’s Coast

Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade has begun a two-week amphibious training event in international waters off the African coast of Djibouti. Alligator Dagger is the largest regional amphibious combat rehearsal to integrate and synchronize TF 51/5’s warfighting capabilities and those of adjacent U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and special operations forces units. “USS Iwo Jima’s Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are prepared to rehearse a variety of tactical capabilities in this demanding and globally vital region,” said Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Frank…

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