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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...

Red Sea/Gulf of Aden task force

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Recognising the importance of a secure maritime environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, a task force set up by the Inter-governmental...

Massive drug bust for US Navy in the Gulf of Aden

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The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze has seized an estimated $20 million worth of illegal drugs from a fishing vessel while patrolling the...

Piracy incidents at a 28-year low

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Proof that efforts to combat piracy across the world’s oceans are working comes from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which reports the first half...

Royal Navy’s seizure of smuggled Iranian missiles in the Gulf of...

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The Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose earlier this year seized dozens of packages containing advanced weaponry, including surface-to-air-missiles and engines for land attack cruise...

Indian Ocean piracy on the decline, with Yemen conflict riskiest to...

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Piracy in the northern Indian Ocean has decreased over the last decade, and now the greatest threat to seafarers in the region is state-backed...

Iran thwarts pirate attack on oil tanker in Gulf of Aden...

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The Iranian navy thwarted a pirate attack against an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden on Monday, Iranian state TV said. "Before crossing...

Migrants die after being thrown off boat

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Twelve migrants died and others are missing after they were thrown off a boat by smugglers off Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, the...

ISS: Abiy helps Somaliland put more facts on the ground

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On 1 June, Somaliland’s President Muse Bihi Abdi officially inaugurated the first 12 km of Berbera Corridor, a trade and transport route that connects...

UK-flagged tanker repulses pirate attack in Gulf of Aden, ship manager...

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Armed pirates attacked a British-flagged chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday but were repulsed, the ship’s manager Stolt Tankers said. The pirates...

Australian Navy seizes drugs in the Gulf of Aden

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The Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Toowoomba has interdicted over 3 000 kilograms of illegal narcotics including hashish and heroin in the Gulf of...

Strengthening regional co-operation to up maritime security

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States in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden area adopted a plan of action to ensure better co-ordination of regional efforts...

US Navy seizes 2 521 AK-47s in Gulf of Aden

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The guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham seized an illicit weapons shipment containing 2 521 AK-47 rifles on 28 August in the...

U.S. Navy seizes hundreds of weapons from boat in Gulf of...

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The U.S. Navy seized hundreds of small arms, including AK-47s, from an unflagged boat in the Gulf of Aden, a U.S. defence...

NATO co-chairs counter-piracy conference

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Last week saw Bahrain host the 39th Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) conference, a forum to discuss counter-piracy in the Gulf of...

Pirates hit chemical tanker off Somalia

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A chemical tanker has been attached by suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia in the first such incident in more than...

Al Qaeda in Yemen poses growing threat to shipping

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Al Qaeda's Yemen branch remains a powerful force and poses a growing risk to merchant ships in vital waterways nearby despite efforts...

Beyond piracy: what next for African maritime security?

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Last year saw an almost total absence of reports of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the western Indian Ocean and...

Boat people numbers near the 350, 000 mark for 2014

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The UN refugee agency has warned the international community is losing its focus on saving lives amid confusion among coastal nations and...

EU Naval Force and Chinese Navy ships meet in the Gulf...

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Last week the EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, and the Chinese Flagship CNS Changbaishan met at sea in the Gulf...

RNZAF completes Operation Atalanta tour

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The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) this week completed its first contribution to the European Union's counter-piracy mission, Operation Atalanta off...

German Orion clocks up 4 000 Op Atalanta flying hours

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A German maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA), currently operating as part of the EU Naval Force, has reached an impressive 4...

First combined NATO/Japan counter-piracy exercise in Gulf of Aden

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NATO and Japanese maritime forces conducted the first-ever exercise between the two forces in the Gulf of Aden last week. The participants were...

Busy April for NATO counter piracy task force

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NATO's counter-piracy task force (CTF-508) supporting Operation Ocean Shield wrapped up a busy second half of April with regional engagement opportunities throughout...

Skeldar deployed in counter-piracy operations off Horn of Africa

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Defence and security company Saab's Skeldar Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is operational aboard the Spanish Navy offshore patrol vessel BAM Meteoro, which...

Iranian warship foils pirate attempt

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The Iranian Navy has thwarted a pirate attack against an oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden and prevented pirates from hijacking...

Britain to host conference on Somalia next year

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Britain will host an international conference next year on tackling instability in Somalia and protecting ships from pirates in the Gulf of...

Private navy to protect convoys

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A private navy equipped with a fleet of patrol boats is scheduled to begin escorting ships through the Gulf of Aden early...

Piracy attacks fall by a fifth in H1 2010

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Pirate attacks globally declined by nearly a fifth in the first half of 2010 from the same period last year due to...

Singapore tanker “seized by pirates” off Somalia

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A Singapore-registered ship with 19 Chinese sailors onboard was hijacked on yesterday in the Gulf of Aden, where Somali pirates have menaced...

Hi-tech navies take on Somalia’s pirates

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How do you tell the difference between a Somali pirate in a small boat and a largely identical but innocent fisherman? It...

Somali pirates vary tactics, use Gulf dhows

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Somali pirates have become bolder and more inventive, staging increasing attacks despite ramped up international efforts to thwart them, delegates to an...

Iran navy says it fended off pirate attack on ship

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Iranian naval forces intervened to repel pirates attacking a commercial ship from the Islamic Republic in the Gulf of Aden, the semi-official...

War ships can’t stop Somali piracy: US admiral

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Commercial ships traversing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean should be armed to defend themselves against marauding Somali pirates because...

Somali pirates now in Moz Channel, off India

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Somali pirates are seizing ships as far as the Mozambique Channel and off the coast of India, extending their range further than...

Somali pirates hijack Saudi ship in Gulf of Aden

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Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi-owned ship with a crew of 14 in the Gulf of Aden this week, a Kenyan maritime official...

HMS Chatham begins counter piracy mission

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The Royal Navy warship HMS Chatham has arrived in the Gulf of Aden to take part in NATO's counter-piracy mission, Operation OCEAN...

Pirate attacks up sharply in 2009: watchdog

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Pirate attacks around the world hit their highest level last year since 2003, with Somali gangs accounting for more than half the...

Somali charged in New York in more ship hijackings

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A Somali teenager extradited to New York last year on charges he attempted to hijack a US ship in the Indian Ocean...

Navies won’t eradicate piracy: UK navy chief

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Efforts by foreign navies to combat Somali piracy off the Horn of Africa country's coast have made a difference but they will...

Somaliland forces help free Yemeni-flagged ship.

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Somaliland forces have helped in releasing a Yemeni-flagged container ship held by Somali pirates for nearly three weeks, Yemeni Interior Ministry said...

US Navy concerned about al-Qaeda threats off Africa

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The US Navy says it is on heightened alert after receiving what it calls "credible" al-Qaeda threats against American warships and commercial...

Tanzanian warship hired for fight against pirates

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Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk disclosed yesterday that it hired a Tanzanian navy vessel in late 2008 to keep pirates...

EU rescues Pakistan ship left by Somali pirates

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A European Union warship rescued a Pakistan-flagged fishing vessel Somali pirates had seized last month and used to hijack another ship, EU...

Somali pirates seize second Yemeni vessel: official

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Somali pirates captured a Yemeni vessel on Christmas Day, a day after they seized another ship from the Arab country, a regional...

Pirates free Greek ship after ransom paid

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Somali pirates freed the Greek ship Ariana and its 24 Ukrainian crew yesterday after a helicopter dropped a multi-million dollar ransom onto...

Pirates seize Pakistani fishing vessel off Somalia

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Somali pirates hijacked the Pakistani-flagged fishing vessel MV Shahbaig last Sunday, the European Union naval force said in a statement. The ship, with...