During a port visit to Djiboutim, European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor) Ship FS Nivose lead a Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB) training exercise with the Djiboutian coastguard. After being given an overview of maritime security training, from boarding a suspect vessel to the securing of a visiting ship, several training scenarios enabled the Djiboutian Coastguard to practice routines such as the stop and search of a suspect crew, progressing through the ship and securing a compartment onboard.
This cooperation is in line with the European Union’s Commitment to working with states off the Horn of Africa to help build security and stability in the region, EU Navfor said. EU Naval Force units are working closely with staff from the recently launched EUCAP NESTOR mission, which aims to secure a long-term resolution to the piracy problem by enhancing the coastal maritime capacity of the Horn of Africa countries. These training exercises allow better understanding of maritime units involved in counter piracy as well as the sharing of experiences and promoting best practice.
Surveillance ship FS Nivose has been part of the EU Counter-Piracy mission, Operation Atalanta which contributes to the deterrence, prevention and repression of piracy, since 10 April.
Late last month the EU Navfor conducted exercises with the Seychelles as part of EUCAP NESTOR. The exercise involved a mock interception of a suspected pirate skiff in Seychelles waters by the combined efforts of EU Navfor and the Seychelles Coast Guard. The Coast Guard vessel, Topaz, and a helicopter from French Navy ship, LHD Tonnerre, operating under EU Navfor flag, jointly intervened against a suspected pirate skiff.
There are currently four EUCAP Nestor experts in the Seychelles working on building the capacities of the Seychelles Coast Guard, Seychelles Air Force, Police, and Judiciary to conduct maritime security operations in particular counter-piracy.