Canarias Returns From Operation Atalanta

November 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today at 12.00 in the morning the frigate “Canarias” has returned to the Naval Base of Rota (Cádiz), after completing its participation in the Operation of the Naval Force of the European Union (EUNAVFOR) ATALANTA, being received by the Commander General of the Marine Corps and Commander of Operation NAVFOR (ATALANTA), division general Antonio…

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ESPS Victoria Exercises with French Forces in Djibouti

November 11, 2019 – Between the 5th and the 8th of November, in vicinity of Djibouti, Operation ATALANTA’s Spanish ship (ESPS) Victoria carried out different exercises with the French Forces in Djibouti (FFDJ). This training covered a variety of activities such as medical evacuation practices, boarding procedures and deck landing qualifications with a PUMA French helicopter. The Spanish frigate, its…

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Operation Atlanta Frigate Canarias SAR Assistance to Somali Navy

October 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – On the morning of October 20, the ATALANTA Operation control center received a request for help from a Somali Navy vessel that was in danger about 60 km north of Cadale. The ship had some mechanical difficulties and the crew feared for its safety. A reconnaissance aircraft was sent to determine the exact location…

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German P-3C Returns to Operation Atalanta

September 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – Since September 13, the German seafaring reconnaissance P-3C “Orion” is back in the ATALANTA in Djibouti integrated. The German Navy pilots from Nordholz on the North Sea coast laid with the largest combat aircraft of the Bundeswehr to Djibouti: the maritime patrol aircraft P-3C “Orion”. It is a four-engine propeller aircraft and is used…

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New Force Commander for Operation Atalanta

July 23, 2019 – In a handover/takeover ceremony this morning on board the EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA warship ESPS Navarra, EU NAVFOR Deputy Operation Commander Rear Admiral Giovanni Battista Piegaja welcomed the operation’s new Force Commander, Rear Admiral Simi and his Flag Ship, ITS Antonia Marceglia, as the new Force Headquarters (FHQ) for the 32nd rotation of Operation ATALANTA.…

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FS Surcouf Welcomed Back to Operation Atalanta

June 3, 2019 – Operation Atalanta is glad to welcome the French Ship (FS) Surcouf back this week, as she sails in direct support of Operation Atalanta. FS Surcouf will operate alongside the Spanish Ship (ESPS) Navarra in support of Operation Atalanta’s activities concerning countering piracy, protecting UN World Food Program (WFP) vessels and other vulnerable ships, and monitoring fishing…

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Operation Atalanta’s Farewell to ITS Carlo Margottini

May 31, 2019 – Today marks the end of ITS Carlo Margottini’s contribution to Operation Atalanta, the European Union’s first naval operation, launched in 2008 to prevent and deter piracy at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Indian Ocean. For the past three months, the Italian warship (hull number F592) has worked alongside the ESPS Navarra, countering…

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Carlo Margottini Conducts Maintenance Stopover in Muscat

May 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of its commitment to ensure the protection of merchant shipping and the vessels of the World Food Program in the Gulf of Aden and along the northern coasts of Somalia under the European flag of the Atalanta anti-piracy operation , frigate Margottini made an operational halt in the port of Muscat. The…

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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…

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First Piracy off Somalia in Seven Months

May 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – Between 21 and 23 April, a group of pirates attacked two Korean and Spanish fishing vessels off the coast of Somalia , before being apprehended as part of Operation EU NAVFOR Atalanta. This is the first piracy incident around the Horn of Africa since October 2018. On April 19, 5 pirates hijacked a Yemeni…

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Jeanne d’Arc 2019 Takes Part in Operation Atalanta

April 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – Prior to reorienting its mission to Mozambique, the Jeanne d’Arc group, made up of the Amphibie Thunder Helicopter Carrier and the La Fayette Frigate, provided direct support to Operation EU NAVFOR ATALANTA from 18 March 2019. The presence of the group has reinforced, as part of this operation, the stability of the area of…

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Transfer of the General Staff from Atalanta to Rota

March 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – The transfer of the OHQ from the European anti-piracy operation Atalante, from Northwood to Rota, took place on 29 March in Rota in the presence of the commanders of the operation leaving and taking, the General (RM UK) Charlie Stickland and Vice Admiral (ESP) Antonio Martorelli Lacave. Admiral Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the…

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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…

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Navarra to be Operation Atalanta Flagship

February 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – Frigate ‘Navarra’ sailed last Saturday from the Rota Naval Base towards the Eastern Mediterranean to join Operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean, where she is expected to remain until the next month of August. The ‘Navarra’ (F-85) will be the flagship of the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), accommodating the Force Commander and his Staff,…

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