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Southern Africa is safe – SA Navy chief

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The chief of the South African Navy says that southern Africa is safe from the threat of piracy, but that Southern African...

Ghana’s navy commissions four new patrol vessels

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The president of Ghana, John Atta Mills, has commissioned four new Chinese-built patrol ships for combating piracy and increasing maritime security in...

Somali pirates hijack ship off Oman

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Somali pirates have hijacked the MV Leila in the Arabian Sea, bringing the total number of attacks against ships to more than...

Nigeria’s defence budget approves dozens of Navy acquisitions

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Nigeria's Navy will be receiving nearly two dozen new acquisitions under the 2012 defence budget, including two offshore patrol ships and numerous...

HMS Echo visits the Seychelles

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The Royal Navy hydrographic survey ship HMS Echo has visited the Seychelles and conducted training with the island nation's Coast Guard, which...

India signs anti-piracy pacts with the Seychelles

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India has signed several pacts with the Seychelles to counter piracy in the Indian Ocean. India's External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and...

French amphibious ship Siroco visits Nigeria

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The French amphibious assault ship Siroco has berthed at Lagos in Nigeria for a four day visit as it calls in at...

Togolese Navy thwarts pirate attack

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The Togolese Navy has thwarted a pirate attack against a petroleum tanker off the coast of Togo amidst a rise in attacks...

Ugandan troops receive anti-piracy training from EU Navfor

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A dozen Ugandan soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have received vessel protection training from French and Ukrainian specialists. The...

NNS Thunder detains illegal oil bunkering vessel

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The Nigerian Navy's NNS Thunder, which recently entered service after being transferred from the United States, has recorded its first law enforcement...

Somali pirates hijack MV Free Goddess

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Somali pirates have hijacked the MV Free Goddess bulk carrier in the Indian Ocean. Neptune Maritime Security said it had received credible information...

Iranian Navy repulses pirate attack

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Iranian Navy warships have foiled a pirate attack on an Iranian oil tanker near the Gulf of Aden. "The Iranian oil tanker was...

HMS Protector cuts through Antarctic ice for first time

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The HMS Protector, the Royal Navy's newest ice patrol ship, has cut through the ice floes of Antarctica for the first time,...

Iranian warships arrive in Saudi Arabia

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The Iranian navy supply vessel Kharg and destroyer Shaid Qandi have docked in the Saudi port of Jeddah as Iran aims to...

Damen launches Ngola Kiluange fishery patrol vessel for Angola

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Damen Shipyards has launched the Ngola Kiluange fishery inspection surveillance vessel for the Angolan Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries. Angola...

USS Simpson concludes Casablanca visit

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The guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) and senior staff members from US Naval Forces Europe-Africa have visited Morocco for three days...

Britain lands 14 pirates in the Seychelles for prosecution

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A group of suspected pirates caught during a Royal Navy operation in the Indian Ocean will face prosecution in the Seychelles after...

Siroco amphibious assault ship visits Africa

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The French amphibious assault ship Siroco is visiting Africa's west coast and has taken part in exercises and training with several countries...

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...

HMS Protector arrives in Antarctica

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HMS Protector, the Royal Navy's new ice patrol ship, has arrived in Antarctica for the first time after departing Portsmouth on November...

Fincantieri launches first stealth patrol vessel for UAE Navy

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Fincantieri has launched the first of two stealth patrol vessels for the United Arab Emirates Navy. The vessels were ordered in 2010...

Fire Scout sets sail for six month deployment to western Africa

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The USS Simpson, with the embarked MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle, has departed the United States for western Africa. For the next...

Royal Navy returns pirated dhow to owner as EU Navfor releases...

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The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Fort Victoria has rescued a dhow from 14 suspected Somali pirates and returned it to its...

Piracy attacks in East and West Africa dominate IMB’s world report

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Pirate attacks against vessels in East and West Africa accounted for the majority of world attacks in 2011, signalling a rising trend,...

Yemen bans armed guards on ships

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Yemen has banned ships carrying armed guards from entering Yemeni ports in an attempt to limit the number of weapons and ammunition...

Dutch marines thwart pirate attack

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Dutch marines guarding a merchant vessel off the coast of Yemen have beaten off a pirate attack directed against it, the Dutch...

Pirates that attacked EU Navfor flagship Patino to be tried in...

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Spain will prosecute the six pirates who attacked the European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor) flagship SPS Patino last week. The pirates...

Russia sends seventh anti-piracy flotilla to Gulf of Aden

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A Russian naval task force has arrived in the Gulf of Aden to patrol for pirates, replacing a previous flotilla that had...

UK sending newest ship, HMS Daring, to Gulf

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Britain is sending HMS Daring, its newest and most advanced ship, to the Persian Gulf for her first mission. The deployment comes...

US forces rescue another six Iranian mariners

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Another six Iranian mariners have been rescued by American forces, this time in waters off Iraq, the Pentagon said yesterday, just days...

SAS Isandlwana and Mendi arrive in Durban as part of anti-piracy...

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The South African Navy frigates SAS Isandlwana and SAS Mendi arrived in Durban yesterday, as they rotate for the anti-piracy patrol mission...

EU Navfor transfers pirates’ outboard engines to the Djiboutian Navy

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The European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor), which conducts counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean, has transferred six powerful outboard motors to...

Women to be allowed to serve on Royal Navy submarines

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Women are to be allowed to serve on UK submarines for the first time in the Royal Navy's history, the Secretary of...

Australian Navy vessels may be crewed by civilians

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The Australian Navy is evaluating the possibility of crewing some of its vessels with a mix of civilian and military or even...

EU NAVFOR trains 24 Ugandan troops in vessel protection

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A team of 24 troops from Uganda, part of the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), received vessel protection training from French and...

Second Moroccan SIGMA frigate completes sea trials

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The Royal Moroccan Navy's second SIGMA class frigate has successfully completed her sea acceptance trials ahead of delivery in February next year. The...

UK clarifies rules for armed guards on ships

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The UK Department of Transport has published rules regulating the carriage of armed guards on British merchant ships sailing off the coast...

Royal Navy’s new ice-breaker deploys to Antarctica

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The Royal Navy's new ice patrol vessel, HMS Protector, has set sail on a seven month deployment surveying and patrolling the frozen...

Analysis – EU NAVFOR figures confirm the value of armed security...

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Figures released this month by the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) list just 12 attacks for November in their area of...

China invited to set up anti-piracy base in Seychelles

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The Seychelles has invited China to set up a base to counter piracy in the region, the Seychelles' Foreign Affairs Minister has...

Singapore commissions first Archer class submarine

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The Republic of Singapore Navy has commissioned the first Archer class submarine, RSS Archer, during a ceremony at Changi Naval Base on...

China’s aircraft carrier begins second sea trial

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China's first aircraft carrier, the ex-Soviet Varyag, has set sail on its second sea trial, according to the Chinese Ministry of National...

Nigerian Navy seizes three ships, arrests 11 involved in illegal oil...

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The Nigerian Navy has seized three ships and their crew members after they were caught illegally bunkering oil in the Bayelsa region...

Greece will allow armed guards on ships to protect from pirates

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Greek merchant ships will soon be able to carry armed guards to ward off pirate attacks, the Greek ministry of security has...

France receives first catamaran landing craft

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The French navy has received its first EDA-R, a unique landing craft which cruises like a catamaran but lowers its cargo deck...

Iran Navy to hold exercise in international waters

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Iran's navy plans to hold the massive Velayat 90 naval exercise in the Sea of Oman and north Indian Ocean in the...

German Dutch investigation team to combat piracy in Somali waters

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The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (Constabulary) is participating in a new German-Dutch investigation team set up to combat piracy in Somali waters. The...

NNS Thunder departs California for Nigeria

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The former US Coast Guard cutter Chase has departed the United States for her new home in Nigeria. The NNS Thunder, as...

General Dynamics lays keel of first Zumwalt class destroyer

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works has laid down the keel of DDG 1000, the first ship in the planned three-ship Zumwalt class...

Nigerian, Benin navies capture pirates; to receive gunboats

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The Joint Military Task Force established by Nigeria and Benin to patrol the Gulf of Guinea has arrested eight suspected pirates, officials...