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 boarding team and its SH-60B helicopter all participated in the exercises. This training was an outstanding opportunity to test and show the interoperability existing between Operation ATALANTA assets and the…

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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. EU NAVFOR also welcomed the ESPS CANARIAS as a new addition to the 32nd rotation of Operation ATALANTA. Both vessels will sail with Operation ATALANTA from the end of July…

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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 activity off the Horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean. The FS Surcouf has supported Operation Atalanta in the past, including deployments in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018. In…

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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 piracy and monitoring fishing activities off the coast of Somalia. Previously, the ITS Carlo Margottini sailed with EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta from 5 April to 6 August 2018. ITS Carlo…

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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 days used in the port served to carry out periodic maintenance on some on-board systems and carry out the normal logistical settlement of materials and food. At the end of…

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EUNAVFOR Bureaucracy in Marchwood Moving to Rota and Brest

March 25, 2019 – The Operational Headquarters (OHQ) for EU NAVFOR is in the final stages of its move from Northwood, UK to Rota, Spain and to Brest, France. The handover will take place on the 29th March 2019. To commemorate the imminent move of the OHQ in Northwood and the Transfer of Authority to OHQ Rota the Operation Commander, Major General Charlie Stickland welcomed guests from the EU, the UK Ministry of Defence, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and from the Maritime Industry. Both the Chairman of the…

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EUNAVFOR Celebrates 10 Years of Operation

December 8, 2018 – Today is an important milestone for the EU’s Common Security & Defence Policy, as the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) celebrates ten years of maritime operations. Commanded from its military HQ in Northwood, London, the European Union Naval Force was officially launched on 8 December 2008. Codenamed ‘Operation ATALANTA’ (after the mythological Greek huntress), it is a naval force generated by EU Member States working collectively, in support of UN Security Council Resolutions agreed from 2008 onwards, to tackle the Somali piracy crisis at source.…

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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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Focused Operation Vigilant Lion a Roaring Success in the Gulf of Aden

September 12, 2018 – As part of its enduring mission to ensure maritime security in the Gulf of Aden, the Singapore-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 conducted Focused Operation: Vigilant Lion on behalf of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). The operation, which ran from 31 August to 8 September, involved adjacent forces in CMF, the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) CTF465, Independent Deployers, and regional counter-piracy stakeholders. The objectives of the operation were to improve maritime domain awareness through information sharing, and enhance assurance to merchant shipping through intensified…

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ESPS Meteoro Deploys for Operation Atalanta

Google Translation The maritime action ship (BAM) “Meteoro”, based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has left on April 1 of the Military Arsenal to join the Atalanta operation to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean. The ceremony on board was presided over by the Commander of the Naval Command of the Canary Islands, Rear Admiral Juan L. Sobrino Pérez-Crespo. The deployment of the “Meteor” is part of the commitment acquired by Spain in 2008, under the banner of the European Union, in its fight to maintain security in the…

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WFP Vessel Arrives in Somalia

United Nations World Food Program (WFP) ship MV Esbjerg safely arrived in Mogadishu on 11th February 2018 under the protection of EU Naval Force’s Lithuanian Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD). The Lithuanian troops were welcomed to Mogadishu by the Somali based EU NAVFOR Liaison Officer, Commander Steve Elliot RN. Commander Elliot spoke to the Master of the vessel and thanked the AVPD for their efforts to date. He said: ‘The troops do a difficult and sometimes understated job but what they guarantee is the safe delivery of these supplies that…

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Dutch Have No Ships for Operation Atalanta This Year

This year there is no naval ship participating in the anti-piracy mission Atalanta for the Somali coast. The Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld-Schouten has informed the Lower House today by letter. Problems with the patrol vessels, personnel shortages and other NATO obligations are mentioned as reasons. The Netherlands has been deploying naval vessels since 2009 for the European mission of the Horn of Africa.

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EUNAVFOR’s ESPS Patiño Supporting International Navies

EUNAVFOR’s Spanish Warship ESPS Patiño has further supported Combined Maritime Forces by rendezvousing with an Australian and Pakistani Warship and conducting Replenishment at Sea (RAS). HMAS Warramunga of CTF150 and PNS Aslat of CTF151 took on board a total of 390 cubic metres of fuel essential for the continuation of Maritime Security in the region. This is equivalent to filling a 60 litre car petrol tank 6500 times. This equates to 789 years of fuel for the average European motorist, or 256 journeys around the circumference of the Earth. [smartslider3…

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Somali Pirates Detained by EU NAVFOR charged in the Seychelles.

The Seychellois Attorney General announced on 18 December that six Somali nationals apprehended by the crew of EU NAVFOR flagship ITS Virginio Fasan have been charged with ‘committing an act of piracy’ and ‘attempting an act of piracy’ in the Indian Ocean. They will now face legal prosecution before the court and if convicted, the suspected pirates could face up to 30 years’ imprisonment in a Seychelles detention facility. This case follows other successful piracy convictions such as the Tribal Kat case in 2016, when a French court sentenced six…

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EUNAVFOR Teams Up With CTF 150 in Gulf of Aden

Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and EUNAVFOR Task Forces have conducted recent exercises off the coast of Yemen, in the Gulf of Aden, as part of ongoing cooperation and partnership work in the region. CMF’s Task Force CTF150 has a mandate to deny the free use of the high seas to networks supporting terrorism in the wider Indian Ocean; EUNAVFOR’s CTF465 has a mandate (since 2008) to conduct counter piracy operations off the coast of Somalia. Although they have a different focus and aim, both missions complement each other as they…

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