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Exercise Obangame Express 2024 wraps up

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After two weeks of varied, collaborative training throughout Africa’s West Coast and the Gulf of Guinea, 32 participating nations marked the successful conclusion of...

PLAN Type 054A frigate visiting Cape Town

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On 16 May a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warship, the Type 054A Frigate Chinese Navy Ship (CNS) CNS Xuchang (FFG536), arrived in Cape...

Chrystal Arctic suspects await trial in Seychelles holding facility

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Delivery of suspected pirates to Seychelles authorities five days after an attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden stands as an...

Twiga to showcase rugged military patrol boat range at ASEC 2024

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Twiga will be showcasing its range of virtually indestructible Rugged Military Patrol Boats at the eleventh edition of the Africa Security Symposium (ASEC 2024)...

Piracy rears its head once more with another attack in the Gulf of Aden

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Half a dozen pirates have been apprehended by Operation Atalanta naval forces after an attempted attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of...

Thirteenth iteration of Exercise Obangame Express underway

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The thirteenth iteration of Exercise Obangame Express commenced with an opening ceremony held at the Cadet School of Libreville in Gabon last week. ‘Obangame’ means...

Another Houthi UAV falls to Op Aspides

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Another add to its successes in keeping Red Sea shipping safe from Houthi attacks came when the Italian Navy vessel ITS Virginio Fasan (F591)...
The African Maritime Forces Summit (AMFS) and third Naval Infantry Leaders Symposium-Africa (NILS-A) underway in Ghana.

African Maritime Forces Summit, Naval Infantry Leaders Symposium-Africa underway in Ghana

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Governmental and military leaders from more than 40 countries on four continents have kicked off the second annual African Maritime Forces Summit (AMFS) and...

Houthi drone attacks diverted MSC Orion in Arabian Sea

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Reports by the Houthis in Yemen claim that a drone attack was successfully carried out on another MSC container ship, MSC Orion (IMO 9857157). What...

CTF 150 concludes successful drug intervention off African coast

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The Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), operating in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman,...

Houthi attacks on Red Sea and Gulf of Aden ships continue

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Yemen’s Houthis claim to have made further attacks on ships with ties to Israel, the UK and USA in recent days. Some of these ‘ties’...

British military sealift vessel Anvil Point visits Cape Town

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The British military sealift vessel Anvil Point recently arrived in Cape Town harbour for refuelling and fresh supplies. There are two nations who are continuously...

Turkish warship visits Somalia

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Heading to Japan to mark a centenary of bilateral relations, the Turkish Navy warship TCG Kinaliada is visiting Somalia as one of the 20...

Second Dearsan offshore patrol vessel launched for Nigerian Navy

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Turkish shipyard Dearsan has launched the second and final 76 metre offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Nigerian Navy (NN), six months after the...
The hydrographic survey vessel NNS Zhizoku.

France’s Ocea delivers another survey vessel to the Nigerian Navy

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French shipbuilder Ocea has delivered an OSV 115 hydrographic survey vessel to the Nigerian Navy (NN), three years after the order for the ship...

Third and final OPV 58S offshore patrol vessel delivered to Senegal

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French shipyard Pirou has delivered the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Cayor to Senegal’s Navy, marking the end of the construction programme for the West...

First drug bust for Indian Navy as Combined Maritime Forces member

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The Indian Navy Ship INS Talwar, operating in support of the Canadian-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, conducted its first interdiction of illicit narcotics...

MV Abdullah released by Somali pirates, apparently after ransom paid

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The Bangladesh-flagged Merchant Vessel Abdullah, captured over a month ago by Somali pirates, has been released along with its 23 crew, apparently after a...

Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean attacks expose Africa’s maritime vulnerability

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Attacks on shipping in the Red Sea by the Houthi militia in Yemen have exposed the vulnerability of African maritime security. Since November 2023,...

New Op Irini task force commander has big boots to fill

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In his six months at the helm of Operation Irini’s Task Force 464, Hellenic Navy Rear Admiral Konstantinos Bakalakos oversaw over 14 000 maritime...

Nigeria shows that emerging technology can help protect waters

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Nine crew members aboard a chemical tanker headed from Côte d’Ivoire to Cameroon were abducted by pirates in January as the ship sailed near...

Third SAN MMIPV set for OTE come September

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September this year will see the scheduled commencement of sea trials for multi-mission inshore patrol vessel (MMIPV) number three, the final platform in the...

EU-Seychelles accord could slow Indian Ocean drug trade

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In October 2023, Seychelles and the European Union (EU) agreed to allow the EU Naval Force to transfer suspected drugs and weapons traffickers in...

Op Aspides repels 11 Red Sea attacks in two months

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In less than two months the newest European Union (EU) naval force – Operation Aspides concentrated on the Red Sea – repelled 11 attacks...

CMF Task Force 150 seizes illegal drugs in Arabian Sea

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A US Coast Guard cutter, operating with Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Task Force 150 in the Arabian Sea, has seized well over a ton...

Abandon ship: uncrewed vessels threaten Africa’s maritime security

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Maritime drone deployment in offensive operations in the Black and Red seas provides a glimpse of the future of naval warfare. On 18 February,...

Chinese tanker targeted by Houthi anti-ship missiles

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A Chinese owned and operated crude oil tanker, the 115 449-dwt Huang Pu (IMO 9402469) became the target of a number of Houthi-fired anti-ship...

Chinese naval task force visiting Mozambique

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Fresh after a stop in Tanzania, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN's) 45th naval escort task force is now visiting Mozambique. On the morning...

Indian Navy rescues another pirated ship

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The Indian Navy has liberated yet another vessel from pirates off the coast of Somalia in the fifth such operation this year. An Indian Navy...

Russian frigate Marshall Shaposhnikov arrives in Massawa, Eritrea

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The Russian Pacific Fleet frigate, Marshal Shaposhnikov (BPK543), arrived in the Eritrean port of Massawa on Thursday 28 March for a five day visit. En...

India, Mozambique and Tanzania holding joint maritime exercise IMT Trilat

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Two Indian naval vessels, the cadet training ship INS Tir (A86) and the Sukanya-class patrol ship INS Sujata (P56), are participating in the India...

Big cocaine busts off African coast for French Navy

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The French Navy has seized over ten tons of cocaine in two operations off the west coast of Africa, in line with an increase...

Pirates move Abdullah into Somali territorial waters to avoid rescue attempt

The Somali pirates who captured the bulk carrier Abdullah (IMO 9745598) 600 miles off the African coast have moved the ship close inshore to...

Preparations underway for Ex Ibsamar 2024

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A recent flurry of ashore activity at SA Navy (SAN) fleet headquarters in Simon’s Town signalled earnest intentions for a multinational naval exercise later...

Report: Al-Shabaab extends reach with offer to protect Somali pirates

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After a six-year lull in major attacks, Somali pirates in December attacked four vessels as international navies relocated from the Indian Ocean to the...

Indian Navy retakes MV Ruen from Somali pirates

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In a well-coordinated operation that lasted some 40 hours, the Indian Navy has retaken the ship MV Ruen from Somali pirates, rescuing the 17...

Hijacked merchant vessel Abdullah at anchor off Somalia, crew apparently safe

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At least 12 alleged pirates are confirmed by Operation Atlanta personnel to be aboard the hijacked bulk carrier Abdullah, now at anchor some 600...

Iran, Russia, and China hold naval exercise with SA as observer

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Naval units from Iran, China and Russia commenced a joint naval exercise ‘Marine Security Belt 2024’ in the Gulf of Oman this week Tuesday,...

Technology to protect South Africa’s oceans: experts find that a data-driven monitoring system is...

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Nine years ago South Africa put in place an innovative information management system designed to monitor and protect its seas. The country is surrounded...

Bulk carrier Abdullah highjacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean as piracy ramps up

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Pirates have seized a Bangladeshi-flagged and owned ship, the bulk carrier Abdullah, en route from the port of Maputo in Mozambique. The vessel was...

Houthi ship attacks put sailors’ lives at risk – EU

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Last week’s attack on the bulk carrier True Confidence in the Gulf of Aden drew condemnation from the European Union (EU), which is now...

New vessels needed for the SA Navy more than ever

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With Houthi rebels attacking ships off the Horn of Africa and Red Sea and consequently diverting shipping around the Cape, SA Navy (SAN) Chief...

Tanker hit by missile off Aden, two seafarers killed

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In a further escalation of the events in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, a Greek bulk carrier, True Confidence (IMO 9460784) has...

West Africa’s coast was a haven for piracy and illegal fishing – how technology...

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The Gulf of Guinea – a coastal region that stretches from Senegal to Angola – is endowed with vast reserves of hydrocarbon, mineral and...

Is Iran planning a naval base at Port Sudan?

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There is speculation that Iran is planning to establish a naval base in the African Red Sea port of Port Sudan. Officially, Iran says it...

Houthi attacks continue as Italian destroyer gets into the action

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There has been little let-up in the ongoing drama off the Yemeni coast in both the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, with further...

Houthi’s may have scuttled abandoned British bulker Rubymar

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Reports coming out of the Middle East suggest the Houthi militia may have had a hand in scuttling the drifting UK-owned bulk carrier Rubymar. British...

Rubymar becomes first vessel to sink after Houthi attack

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Over the last four months, Houthi forces have attacked dozens of vessels in and around the Red Sea, with the first recorded sinking taking...

SA Navy blesses third inshore patrol vessel amid CNavy warning on ship capacity

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Ahead of official launch and naming, the South African Navy (SAN) blessed its third and latest addition to its Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel (MMIPV)...

German frigate Hessen into action in Red Sea, shoots down drones

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The German Navy frigate Hessen, which has joined the EU naval mission named Aspides (meaning shield) to help protect and secure merchant shipping wanting...