NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield warship ITS Mimbelli has concluded a port visit to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, designed to deepen ongoing co-operation with the Tanzanian Navy in an effort to eradicate piracy off the coast of eastern Africa, protect maritime trade and ensure safe navigation in the Indian Ocean.
The Italian ship’s boarding teams performed maritime co-operation activities with the Tanzanian Navy, sharing experiences and knowledge on counter-piracy procedures, maritime interdiction operations, force protection capabilities, firefighting and damage control procedures.
During the port visit, ITS Mimbelli’s Commanding Officer, Captain Davide Berna, met with the Acting Commander Tanzanian Navy, Brigadier General H. Majumba to discuss enhanced co-operation and training opportunities between NATO and Tanzanian naval forces.
“We are grateful for the support received from the Tanzanian authorities, here represented by the Navy, in our common effort to curb piracy at sea,” said Berna.
Mimbelli’s crew also visited Mbagala, a suburb of Dar es Salaam, to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to local charity associations. The visit to Dar es Salaam proved to be beneficial in improving co-operation between NATO naval forces and the Tanzanian Navy, while enhancing regional security.