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EU onboard with Djibouti Code of Conduct

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The European Union (EU), currently running three naval operations in African waters, has signed up for “friend” (observer) status of the Djibouti Code of...

Bulk carrier Abdullah highjacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean as...

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Pirates have seized a Bangladeshi-flagged and owned ship, the bulk carrier Abdullah, en route from the port of Maputo in Mozambique. The vessel was...

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...

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...

EU Naval Force completes Ex Aldabra II in Seychelles

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Operation Atalanta, the European Union (EU)-led naval deployment in September completed Aldabra II, an advanced training exercise promoting co-operation between the EU force and...

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)...

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...

Over a ton of drugs seized by Op Atalanta assets

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A routine patrol off the East African coast by warships detached to the European Union (EU) tasking Operation Atalanta netted the first haul of...

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...

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...

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...

Aerial assets impact positively on Op Atalanta

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The European Union naval tasking off the Horn of Africa, which started life as protection for World Food Programme (WFP) vessels delivering food aid...

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...

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...

Op Atalanta has ensured safe passage for WFP vessels for eight...

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December marked the end of the eighth year of EU naval operations off the coast of Somalia with the primary task of...

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...