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Italian admiral heads Op Atalanta force

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The new man at the helm of the European Union (EU) naval force off East Africa is an Italian rear admiral with, as is...

EU monitoring hijacked vessel off Somalia

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The European Union Naval Force (EU NavFor) is closely monitoring the hijacked Maltese-flagged merchant vessel Ruen, which remains off the Somali coast. In a statement,...

New Atalanta force commander

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There’s a new man at the helm of the European Union (EU) naval operation in the Indian Ocean off Africa’s central eastern coast. He is...

New Atalanta Commander in office ahead of 15th anniversary

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Operation Atalanta, the European Union (EU) maritime tasking in the Indian Ocean off the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea, today (Thursday, 23...
Spanish Air Force honoured for Op Atalanta contribution.

Spanish Air Force contribution to Op Atalanta honoured

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The contribution made by the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire ) to the European Union (EU) Operation Atalanta earned its aircraft flotilla the...

Op Atalanta a full-fledged maritime security provider

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From being a protector of food supplies destined for nutrition deprived Somalis, Operation Atalanta evolved into a broad-base maritime security provider. The European Union (EU)...

EU Mediterranean Libya arms embargo enforcement continues

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The European Union (UN) naval operation enforcing a United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya has been extended for a year. The renewal will see...

Two-ton hashish haul for Op Atalanta

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A regular Operation Atalanta maritime security patrol off the coast of Oman was rewarded with a two-ton haul of hashish, the European Union naval...

ECOWAS accesses EU naval experience

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) tapped into the experience of the European Union (EU) naval forces to “suppress illicit maritime activities”...

EU honours Spanish naval escort squadron

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A Spanish Navy escort squadron was honoured for commitment to the European Union (EU) naval force Atalanta for, among others, close to three thousand...

EU Med naval force notches up 9 000 ship checks

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Operation Irini, the European Union (EU) naval force in the Mediterranean Sea established to maintain a United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya, has...

EU NavFor milestone grain delivery to Horn of Africa

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The last week of September saw the European Union (EU) NavFor Operation Atalanta reach the three million tons of food delivered to Somalia mark...

Operation Marlin marks an Atalanta first

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The European Union (EU) naval task force off East Africa – EU NavFor Atalanta – notched up a first in combined operations recently when...

Indian Ocean piracy High Risk Area to be removed as threat...

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The decline to zero of piracy-related events off Somalia will see the Indian Ocean high risk area (HRA) status accorded the waters off the...

EU NavFor Op Atalanta 41st rotation underway

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Italian Rear Admiral Fabricio Bondi handed command of the European Union (EU) naval force Atalanta headquarters to a Portuguese commodore with a notable first...

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...

EU Navfor’s Operation Atalanta mission extended

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The European Union has extended the mandate of the maritime security Operation Atalanta off the Horn of Africa until 31 December 2020. The...

Protecting Somali waters – a joint EUNavFor/AMISOM effort

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Crew members from ITS Margottini continue the regional co-operation EU NavFor has established with the AMISOM Marine unit off the coast of...

Piracy prosecution training in Seychelles

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While pirate attacks have all but become a forgotten issue off the African east coast, the follow-up as far as successful prosecution...

Pirate attack repelled

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Suspected Somali pirates attacked a Singaporean-flagged chemical tanker but were repelled by guards on board, the European Union Naval force said, the...

Spanish warship currently heads Op Atalanta

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The Spanish contribution to the EU NavFor Operation Atalanta off the horn of Africa has, in addition to providing airborne protection to...

Nine years of counter-piracy ops off the Horn of Africa

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This month (December) marks the ninth anniversary of EU Naval Force Somalia's Operation Atalanta, the specialist counter- piracy operation in the Gulf...

EU NavFor assists in aftermath of Mogadishu blast

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Anti-piracy and escort duties took a temporary backseat earlier this week when elements of EU NavFor Somalia banded together to provide much-needed...

EUNavFor Op Sophia in the Mediterranean extended again

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The EU Naval Force operation targeting migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Mediterranean Sea has been extended to December 31 next...

EU hosts Somali Prime Minister to discuss piracy off Somalia

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On 8 May 2017 the European Union's Ambassador to Somalia, Veronique Lorenzo, hosted the Somali Prime Minister, HE Hasan Ali Khaire and...

EU Navfor thwarts pirate attack

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The European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor) warship ESPS Galicia has prevented a merchant ship, MT Costina, from being pirated by armed...

Seized Indian dhow now in vicinity of Hobyo, Somalia

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An Indian registered cargo dhow hijacked by suspected Somali pirates on April 1 is now in the vicinity of Hobyo, a major...

EU Navfor urges vigilance after Somali hijacking

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The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Major General Rob Magowan CBE, has called for vigilance in the Gulf of Aden...

EU marks eight years of counter-piracy patrols off Somalia but warns...

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This week the European Union is marking eight years since it launched its first ever maritime military operation, EU NAVFOR Somalia –...

EUCAP Nestor holds Puntland Police-Judiciary workshop in Garowe, Somalia

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From 4-6 December, the European Union's capacity building entity EUCAP Nestor organized a workshop attended by thirty-three police officers (crime investigators), prosecutors...

EU and UN carry out maritime training with Somaliland Coastguard

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On Saturday 3 December European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) sailors, supported by staff from EUCAP Nestor, carried out radar training on...

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