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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ESPS Castilla Rejoins Operation ATALANTA

February 20, 2021 – Galicia-class landing platform dock SPS Castilla , equipped with a AB212plus and a RPAS ScanEagle, joined Operation Atalanta this week. Over the next 4 months, she will be the EU NAVFOR flagship, hosting the Force Headquarters of the operation. Castilla kicks off her activities full-speed with a joint exercise with 🇯🇵JS Ariake of the Japan Maritime…

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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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Luigi Rizzo Drydocked After Operation Atalanta

November 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – On 20 October the Luigi Rizzo ship entered the dock in the port of La Spezia . The entry into the basin represents the last chapter of an activity started 83 days earlier. After being designated as the flagship of the European anti-piracy operation in the Horn of Africa ” Atalanta “, the ship’s…

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Santa Maria Home from Operation Atalanta

October 30, 2020 (Google Translation) – This deployment has been the third time the frigate has taken part in this EU-led operation, and the most atypical one, because of the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last Friday, October 30th, frigate ‘Santa María’ returned to her base in the province of Cádiz, after spending five months operating in the waters…

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Reina Sofia Deploys for Operation Atalanta

October 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – Last Friday, and after an intense operational qualification and readiness period, frigate ‘Reina Sofía’ (F-84), sailed from Rota Naval Base towards the Indian Ocean to join ‘EUNAVFOR Somalia’, known as ‘Operation Atalanta’. The farewell ceremony was presided over by the Spanish Navy Fleet Commander, Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave. The main objective of this European…

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Germany Deploys P-3 to Operation Atalanta in Djibouti

September 8, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Thursday, September 10th, 2020, a German P-3C “Orion” type maritime patrol aircraft will be relocating from the Nordholz naval air base to Djibouti again. Until shortly before Christmas around 50 soldiers from Naval Aviation Squadron 3 “Graf Zeppelin” will be part of the EU-led “Atalanta” mission. On average, the “Orion”, nicknamed “Jester”, will…

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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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Việt Nam protests illegal Chinese military drill on Paracel Islands

July 2, 2020 – Việt Nam has issued a note to China to protest an illegal military drill conducted on islands that rightfully belong to Việt Nam. Foreign ministry spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng informed the media of the action on Thursday during a press briefing held in Hà Nội. “Việt Nam has had exchanges with the Chinese side and…

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