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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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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