Operation Atalanta Leaders Resume In Person Meetings

Following a long period of COVID-19 imposed virtual meetings, the new representatives of the EU Delegation to Somalia got together with the commanders of EU NAVFOR Somalia, EUCAP Somalia and EUTM Somalia for introductions and to take stock of the current activities. On 10th September, Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Somalia, Mr Oren Wolff chaired a meeting aboard Operation…

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EU-India Joint Naval Exercise

June 21, 2021 – On 18-19 June 2021, the European Union (EU) and India conducted a joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Aden. The exercise involved Indian Navy frigate Trikand, EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta(link is external) assets, including Italian frigate Carabiniere (Atalanta’s flagship) and Spanish frigate Navarra, French frigate Surcouf and French amphibious assault helicopter carrier Tonnerre.…

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Carabiniere Becomes Operation Atalanta Flagship

March 17, 2021 (Google Translation) – The Navy, with the participation in the op. Atalanta continues its commitment to combat maritime piracy in defense of merchant traffic which is vital for the country’s economy Now Carabiniere ship is assigned to the mission of the European Union EUNAVFOR Somalia- Operation Atalanta, overseeing the area between the southern Red Sea, the Gulf…

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Importance of Air Resources in Operation Atalanta

February 22, 2021 – All means deployed in Operation ATALANTA bring added value for the execution of the mission depending on their characteristics. However, due to their versatility and flexibility, aerial assets are those who provide unique operational capabilities which cannot be achieved by other means. The most used aerial asset in EU NAVFOR Somalia are the Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance…

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Alpino Relieved as Operation Atalanta Flagship

December 7, 2020 (Google Translation) – Wednesday 2 December, at the end of the ceremony of change of command of the European naval group, the Alpine frigate sold, the Spanish ship Reina Sofia the role of the Flagship EUNAVFOR Somalia Operation “Atalanta”, the European Union mission operating in the area between the southern Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and…

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Operation Irini inspects a vessel for suspected violation of the UN arms embargo on Libya

September 10, 2020 – Operation EUNAVFOR MED Irini boarded and inspected the Merchant Vessel Royal Diamond 7 early in the morning for suspected violation of the UN arms embargo on Libya. The boarding team of an Irini ship boarded the vessel at 7 a.m. in international waters, 150 km north of the Libyan city of Derna (Cyrenaica). The vessel departed…

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FGS Hamburg Deploys for EU’s Operation IRINI

July 30, 2020 (Google Translation) – The frigate “Hamburg” will sail towards the Mediterranean for almost five months on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at 10 a.m. There you will take over the second contingent of missions “Irini” from the European Union. So far, the German Navy had participated with a sea reconnaissance aircraft P-3C “Orion”, which started from the naval…

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Spanish Frigate Escorts Fred Olsen Bajamar Express off Somalia

July 20, 2020 – The new trimaran Bajamar Expess of the Fred Olsen Express commercial ferry company traveling from Australia towards the Canary Islands requested support of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta for the transit through the International Recommended Transit Corridor. The European Union launched the European Union Naval Force ATALANTA (EU NAVFOR) in December 2008 within the framework of the…

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