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Op Atalanta strikes on “Hash Highway” and “Smack Track”

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Drug trafficking, identified by  South Africa Navy Chief Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane as one of ten major threats to African maritime security, at present...

First EU NavFor drug bust

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A recent regular European Union Naval Force (EU NavFor) anti-piracy patrol turned into a successful drug bust – the first in the history of...

EMSA to provide maritime awareness for operations in Somalia and Libya

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The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has signed cooperation agreements with EU Naval Missions to provide enhanced maritime awareness for operations in Somalia and...

Monitoring IUU off Somalia

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Pillaging of maritime resources is widely seen as the touch paper that lit the piracy fuse off the Horn of Africa. With it now...

COVID-19 restrictions eased sees maritime training restart in Somalia

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An important component of the EU NavFor mission in Somalia – person-to-person training – is back following an easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Operation Atalanta reports...

EU NavFor Atalanta on HRA reduction

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As of the beginning of September, the high risk area (HRA) for piracy off the Horn of Africa was reduced with the European Union’s...

Pirates repelled after firefight off Somalia

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Days ahead of a reduced Indian Ocean high risk piracy area (HRA) announcement, the motor vessel (MV) Anatolia was attacked by pirates off Somalia. The...

A month on, Atalanta commander reflects on new mandate

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A command insight into Operation Atalanta, the EU naval tasking off the Horn of Africa, comes from Commodore Diogo Arroteia. The senior Portuguese Navy officer...

Atalanta mandate expanded

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Twelve years on and the rationale for the EU NavFor Operation Atalanta Somalia has changed and the mission has a new mandate and a...

2020 good for Op Irini

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Formed just ahead of the coronavirus pandemic making itself felt across the world, the EU naval operation in the Mediterranean to enforce a UN...

EU Somalia naval op marks 12 successful years

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December marked the 12th anniversary of the European Union’s commitment to halting piracy off the Horn of Africa through Operation Atalanta. The operation was launched...

Full steam ahead for Op Irini

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Hundreds of vessels and dozens of flights were investigated by Operation EUNavFor Med Irini in four months monitoring sea, air and land possible illicit...

Operation Atalanta now headquartered in Spain

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Just over a month since a piracy attempt was thwarted off the Horn of Africa by EU NavFor, the need for a strong maritime...

Op Atalanta halts first piracy attempt in seven months off Somalia

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The capture of a Yemeni dhow off the Somalian coast was all that initially went right for a suspected pirate gang. Four days later...

New force commander as EU NavFor marks 31st rotation

The European Union (EU) naval task force off the Horn of Africa this month marked its 31st rotation since counter-piracy operations started in December...

Anti-piracy training in the Seychelles

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For over 10 years, piracy has been successfully combated by an international "˜coalition of the willing', achieving great success in the Indian Ocean. Ships...

EU Navfor marks ten years off Horn of Africa

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On Tuesday 4th December in Djibouti, EU NAVFOR's Force Commander, Rear Admiral Alfonso Pérez de Nanclares handed back command of Operation Atalanta...

Ship’s diver course for Libyan Navy and Coastguard underway in Croatia

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A new training module managed by Operation Sophia and focused on ship's divers basic is underway at the Croatian Navy Training Centre...

ISS: Ten years on, is Somali piracy still a threat?

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On 6 November the United Nations (UN) Security Council renewed the authorisation for international naval forces to carry out anti-piracy measures off...

EU NavFor destroys pirate action group whaler

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EU NavFor military personnel last weekend seized an active pirate action group (PAG) whaler and destroyed it. The destruction came on the heels...

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