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Spanish CN235s in Djibouti

Spanish CN235s in Djibouti


11 November 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


The Spanish Air Force continues to support the European Union’s Operation Atalanta anti-piracy operation off the Horn of Africa, using CN235 and P-3 aircraft, with the CN235s accumulating 100 hours per month during these deployments.


First Lieutenant Alejandro Nemo of the Spanish Air Force’s 48 Wing (804 and 402 Squadrons) said his unit uses CN235 maritime patrol aircraft for this task, converted to D.4 standard with the Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS). These aircraft feature a maritime radar, forward-looking infrared, electro-optical sensor and ship Automatic Identification System (AIS), among others. The radar can track the distance, bearing, and geographic position of up to 200 targets, including marine surface and airborne targets. Nemo said it is very helpful as the radar gives 360 degrees coverage.


The electro-optical turret carries a FLIR, colour camera and laser illuminator. Other equipment includes a digital camera with a 70-200 mm zoom lens, digital video recorder capable of recording up to 10 hours and a datalink/satellite communication system that can transmit and receive pictures, data and text.


The AIS system is used to monitor its mandatory use. Some vessel owners choose to switch the system off to avoid having to pick up refugees in the Mediterranean – international laws stipulate that they are required to assist refugee boats but some switch their systems off in order to avoid taking responsibility. If caught, vessels can be fined hundreds of thousands to millions of euros.


A search and rescue kit can be dropped to people in distress from the rear ramp of the CN235. The kits are made up of two rafts and three survival equipment containers tied together with a rope. Before being dropped, a flare is launched to determine wind direction and then the kit is dropped, although there are very few times this has actually been used in practice – a few times helicopters have been dispatched to assist stricken vessels.


Nemo said that Atalanta patrols are usually flown at around 2 000 feet above sea level, and at 140-150 knots, for best surveillance, but this does result in fairly high fuel burn. The minimum crew is two pilots, two sensor operators and two observers. Missions typically last 8-10 hours and cover 1 800 nautical miles. Operation Atalanta CN235s have flown some 1 525 flight hours during 179 sorties, with usually 100 hours being flown a month during 12-15 missions.


In addition to the standard Atalanta crew deployment of four pilots, three FITS operators, one tactical coordinator, two observers and two flight engineers, six ground mechanics are deployed to support the single CN235 D.4 deployed. Nemo said the environment is harsh on the aircraft, with salty, dirty, hot air requiring the aircraft to be washed after every flight.


The primary goal of Atalanta missions is to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) in support of Atalanta vessels. This involves not only monitoring the Somali coast but also pirate bases. As the pirates are now targeting ships away from the heavily patrolled transit corridor in the Gulf of Aden, the CN235s are searching outside this area as well. Nemo noted that 20 000 ships pass through the Gulf of Aden a year, including 17 oil tankers a day, which carry 30% of Europe’s fuel.


Nemo noted that piracy has reduced from its high between 2008 and 2012 due to best practices by ship operators and the strong naval presence in the region. At the moment there is almost no pirate activity, he said, but noted that intelligence reports pirate activity moving elsewhere. As a result, the CN235s are increasingly being used for ground surveillance such as looking out for drug and people smuggling activities. If a ship is seen to be in trouble, the standard procedure is to orbit to avoid detection by the pirates, report activity and circle the area to report the position and heading of the vessels.


Although Atalanta continues, and the mission has been extended to the end of next year, 48 Wing is not currently deployed there. Instead, 801 Squadron is flying out of Djibouti at the moment. CN235s are usually deployed for two month periods, but every other year P-3 Orions take up the task.


Apart from Operation Atalanta, 48 Wing also took part in Operation Noble Centinela to stop illegal migrants in the Canary Islands. The aircraft flew 396 flight hours over 125 sorties. Another 389 flight hours were flown during 56 missions under Unified Protector around Libya. Operation Active Endeavour, ongoing in the Mediterranean, has seen the CN235s fly 350 flight hours over 55 sorties. Around five 9-10 hour long sorties are carried out a month.

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Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, Chief of Ghana’s Defence Staff

Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie, Chief of Ghana’s Defence Staff


15 September 2015 by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen - defenceWeb


The Chief of Ghana’s Defence Staff has appealed for additional international help in fighting mounting piracy off the West African coast.


Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie said the Gulf of Guinea had become the world’s “piracy hotspot” and that West Africa needed greater international help from the world’s larger navies to help secure the region’s waters. The South African Navy had made a number of visits to Ghana for joint exercises and their support in fighting piracy would be “most welcome,” he said.

The recent discovery of large deposits of oil and gas off the coast of Ghana have raised fears in Accra about the rise in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

Quashie also said he wanted to see greater cooperation on security matters from the oil companies. “They (the oil companies) must stop using the excuse that they are not supposed to do anything for the military,” he said.



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Golfe de Guinée : 205 attaques en 10 ans


3 juin 2015 par BBC Afrique


Au moins 205 attaques de navires par des pirates ont été enregistrées dans le Golfe de Guinée de 2005 à mai 2015.


Au moins 205 attaques de navires par des pirates ont été enregistrées dans le Golfe de Guinée de 2005 à mai 2015. Robert Dussey, le ministre togolais des Affaires étrangères, en a fait l’annonce au cours d’une conférence de presse à Lomé. La zone côtière s'étendant du Sénégal à l'Angola est devenue, selon les experts, la nouvelle plaque tournante de la piraterie maritime en Afrique.


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31 Mars 2015 Sources : Etat-major des armées


Le patrouilleur hauturier L’Adroit débute le 30 mars un mois d’opération anti-piraterie en Océan Indien. Le bâtiment patrouillera entre la corne de l’Afrique et les côtés malgaches jusqu’à la fin du mois d’avril, dans le cadre de l’opération européenne Atalanta.


L’opération Atalanta a été lancée sous mandat du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations-Unies le 10 décembre 2008, et a récemment été prolongée jusqu’en décembre 2016. Plusieurs pays ainsi que certaines nations de l’Union Européenne se sont engagées dans cette opération qui a permis d’endiguer efficacement la piraterie dans l’océan Indien et le golfe d’Aden.


Aujourd’hui sous le commandement suédois du contre-amiral Jonas Haygren, l’opération est dirigée depuis le quartier général opérationnel de Northwook, au Royaume-Uni. La période de l’inter-mousson venant de débuter est favorable à la reprise de l’activité de piraterie. L’Adroit et ses 46 marins viennent ainsi renforcer les moyens engagés. Ils patrouilleront aux côtés de bâtiments et aéronefs des marines allemandes, néerlandaises, italiennes et espagnoles.


L’opération Atlanta a été lancée le 8 décembre 2008 par l’Union Européenne et conformément aux résolutions du Conseil de Sécurité, afin de lutter contre les activités de piraterie dans l’océan Indien occidental. Les pays contributeurs travaillent à la dissuasion, prévention et répression des actes de piraterie et vol à main armée. Cette opération, qui est la première opération navale de l’Union européenne, s’inscrit dans le cadre de la politique européenne de sécurité et de défense (PESD).

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Obangamé-2015 Crédits Marine nationale RCI

Obangamé-2015 Crédits Marine nationale RCI


29 mars 2015 fratmat.info


Les activités militaires maritimes internationales engagées dans les eaux ivoiriennes dans le cadre de l’exercice "Obangamé-2015" ont pris fin le 27 mars dernier, au centre opérationnel de la base navale, à Abidjan.


Débuté le 16 mars 2015, cet exercice visait entre autres, à renforcer le partenariat entre les États-Unis et les forces navales des Etats du Golfe de guinée, les liens entre les cadres des Marines nationales, l’instruction des personnels sur la méthodologie de planification d’un exercice interallié.


« Ce fut une belle expérience et un honneur pour nous de s’instruire et se frotter aux États Unis dans un même poste de commandement et manœuvrer avec les frères d’armes des pays voisins »,  a déclaré, le Capitaine de Vaisseau N’Guessan, adjoint au contre-amiral Djakaridja Konaté, commandant la Marine nationale.


Mieux, il s’est réjoui de l’instruction reçu par ses hommes au cours de cet exercice. C’est d’ailleurs pourquoi, il a tenu à faire une mise garde. « Les barons de la drogue qui ont inscrit le Golfe de guinée dans leur stratégie, nous trouveront désormais très unis, renforcés et intraitables contre toute incursion », a-t-il lancé.


Les États riverains du Golfe de guinée, il faut le souligner, sont confrontés à un certain nombre de menaces d’ordres maritimes depuis quelques années. « C’est donc pour relever ce défi, que les États-Unis d’Amérique ont développé un concept de coopération avec les Forces navales africaines sous le vocable d’African partnership station (Aps), dans le but de renforcer la sécurité et la sûreté maritimes », explique une note de la marine nationale ivoirienne.


Il faut signaler que le contre-amiral Djakaridja Konaté se trouvait aux mêmes instants à Accra pour la même cérémonie de clôture de l’exercice « Obangamé version ghanéenne »

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SAS Strikecraft OPV

SAS Strikecraft OPV


26 March 2015 by Dean Wingrin/defenceWeb


Operation Copper, the anti-piracy deployment in the Mozambique Channel, is a demanding and expensive operation that is stretching the South African Navy, according to Flag Officer Fleet.


In his recent state of the Navy briefing, Rear Admiral Bravo Mhlana said that sustaining the seven day a week, 24 hour a day presence “is an extremely demanding operation in terms of logistic support and sustainment.”


The Navy has been involved in Operation Copper since SAS Mendi commenced patrols in January 2011. An operational pause was undertaken in July 2012 as the use of the frigates “was proving costly and expensive.” It was then decided to introduce the Warrior-class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) into Operation Copper. Since then, deployment duties have rotated between the frigates and the OPVs, “with OPVs typically spending six weeks on station and the frigates up to four months on station.”


The replenishment ship SAS Drakensberg has also been sent to patrol for pirates, and assisted European warships in apprehending seven Somali pirates in early 2012.


Operation Copper has accounted for the bulk of the Navy’s total sea days. Whilst no actual figures were available, Mhlana said that the frigates were meant to operate approximately 120 days at sea a year, but the intense nature of Operation Copper forced the Navy to operate the frigates at a rate of over 220 sea days a year for each frigate.


“I must indicate that the last financial year was dominated by the OPVs which came to us as a big relief as the frigates could focus on other deployments and international commitments that happened for us in this particular year,” Mhlana explained.


“(For) the OPVs themselves, the mileage they gained from Operation Copper is far higher than in any other period since the inception of democracy in 1994.” Despite the challenges “that puts a strain on the finances of the organisation, we have more days at sea now than we have had before.”


Whilst the current mandate for Exercise Copper expires at the end of March, the Navy is preparing a frigate to replace the OPV on station. “We have no indication that Operation Copper will be terminated in a short space of time,” Mhlana said, as the Navy always waited “until the last day to get confirmation of the continuation of Operation Copper.”


“SAS Isaac Dyobha will return towards the end of next week [this week] and by that time SAS Isandlwana will be ready to take over. They are currently undergoing workup and operational sea training evaluation before we can confirm them mission ready…Until such time as we receive any instruction to discontinue, we will get ourselves ready.”


Although Mozambique and Tanzania are the other two SADC nations who have committed to supporting Operation Copper, South Africa is the major contributor of both personnel and equipment – for instance, Mozambique only contributes a few personnel aboard South African Navy ships.


The South African Air Force contributed shore-based aircraft from Pemba but apparently this is no longer the case.

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C-47TP maritime patrol aircraft

C-47TP maritime patrol aircraft


19 March 2015 by Kim Helfrich – defenceWeb


The decrease in pirate activity off Africa’s east coast has probably contributed to an SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Joint Operations decision to withdraw air operations from Pemba in support of the anti-piracy Operation Copper.


The Southern African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy tasking is now in its fifth year of operation with South Africa as the major contributor of both personnel and equipment. Mozambique and Tanzania are the other two SADC nations who have committed to the operation in the Mozambique Channel since its inception in 2011.


The first Operation Copper deployment was early in 2011 following the hijacking of a Mozambican fishing vessel by Somali pirates in the northern reaches of the Mozambique Channel. Lindiwe Sisulu, at the time Defence and Military Veterans Minister, said South African warships were deployed to northern Mozambique along with a C-47TP maritime patrol aircraft from 35 Squadron and a 22 Squadron Super Lynx maritime helicopter. This hardware was supported by a total of 377 uniformed personnel from the air force, military health services and the navy.


Captain (SAN) Jaco Theunissen, Joint Operations spokesman, confirmed this week that Pemba and hence 35 Squadron would no longer be a part of Operation Copper.


“Maritime operations will continue from an SA Navy platform,” he said, declining to answer questions on whether the SAAF would still be part of Op Copper.


At present the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) SAS Galeshewe is on station in the Mozambique Channel having replaced one of her sister ships, SAS Isaac Dyobha.


At various times since the deployment started the Navy has put Valour Class frigates and the supply ship SAS Drakensberg into the seas off the lower east African coast as a piracy deterrent. More recently this task has been the exclusive preserve of the serving OPVs, all converted Warrior Class strikecraft.


The normal OPV crew requirement for an Operation Copper deployment is around the 60 mark including a Maritime Reaction Squadron component, divers, an ops medic and two Mozambican sea riders.


The only South African platform to have been an active part of a counter-piracy operation was Drakensberg. She acted as southern stopper for the EU Naval Force to prevent a suspected pirate ship from escaping the multi-national task force based off the Horn of Africa.


It is not known at present if the term of Operation Copper will be extended. It was last extended for 12 months by President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as SANDF Commander-in-Chief, until the end of March this year.

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Un aperçu du dispositif BlueDome. photo Sagem

Un aperçu du dispositif BlueDome. photo Sagem


13/03/15 Le Vif.be


À l'occasion du salon Euromaritime, Sagem, filiale du groupe Safran, a présenté une solution innovante pour lutter contre la piraterie maritime. Sous le doux nom de BlueDome se cache une arme, qui, bien que non létale, n'en est pas moins redoutable.


D'après un rapport publié en janvier 2014 par le Bureau Maritime International, 264 actes de piraterie en mer auraient été recensés en 2013. Si ce chiffre dénote une nette baisse par rapport aux statistiques des années précédentes, il reste malgré tout élevé. D'où l'ambition de créer un système de protection des navires civils qui soit efficace.


Les solutions actuelles, trop coûteuses

Des initiatives sur ce plan ont déjà vu le jour, mais elles restent coûteuses. Certains privilégient l'embarquement à bord de gardes armés, d'autres se contentent d'une protection rapprochée organisée par des marines militaires. La meilleure solution jusqu'à présent, serait encore d'éviter les zones dites "à risque", comme le détroit de Malacca, et le sud de la Mer Rouge. Ou d'accélérer pour y passer le plus vite possible, quitte à multiplier les surconsommations de combustible.

En janvier 2012, Sagem décide alors de s'allier avec d'autres industriels opérateurs civils et militaires français, pour développer le projet baptisé à l'époque "Auto-protection". La même année, l'initiative reçoit des financements à hauteur de 12,6 millions d'euros.


Un système complet

Pendant des années, le consortium planche sur l'élaboration d'un système qui soit le plus complet possible et multiplie les essais. Jusqu'à la présentation le mois dernier de BlueDome. Imaginée sous forme de couches successives, BlueDome se veut être une protection sur tous les fronts. Cela commence par la détection à longue distance des embarcations suspectes et l'analyse de leur comportement. Viennent ensuite les moyens de dissuasion, comme les canons acoustiques ou les projecteurs lumineux. S'ils s'avèrent insuffisants, des mesures anti-abordages sont alors déployées, parmi lesquels des fumigènes et des canons à eau d'une forte puissance. Si les pirates parviennent à franchir tous ces obstacles, et qu'ils s'emparent du navire, les marins pourront alors se réfugier dans la "safe room" : une pièce équipée de portes blindées étanches conçues pour résister à des tirs de kalachnikov.


BlueDome, à la pointe de la technologie

Durant tout ce processus, tout est fait pour faciliter la tâche à l'équipage. BlueDome se charge d'analyser les données à l'aide de ses multiples capteurs et agit en fonction. Le capitaine du navire n'a plus qu'à superviser les opérations depuis une tablette numérique. Celles-ci peuvent même être menées depuis l'extérieur du navire, dans les cas extrêmes.

Si cette solution reprend à son compte des méthodes déjà utilisées dans la protection des navires, elle n'en est pas moins innovante. D'abord, parce qu'il s'agit du premier système à intégrer toutes les étapes d'une protection anti-pirate. Aussi, le groupe Auto-Protection se démarque par l'intégration de nouveaux outils, à la pointe de la technologie. Parmi eux, le Vigy Observer. Cette tourelle panoramique compacte mise à disponibilité des garde-côte. Grâce à ses nombreux capteurs, ses caméras infrarouges et son télémètre laser, elle devrait permettre aux autorités de mieux prévenir les attaques pirates, mais aussi, d'y mettre fin plus facilement.

Avis aux amateurs, la commercialisation du BlueDome sera lancée courant 2015. En juin, une expérimentation en conditions réelles devrait être organisée à Brest, en France, sur le VN Partisan. Destiné à la formation et à l'entraînement, ce navire-plastron sera le premier à tenter d'esquiver les pirates à la force du BlueDome...

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Fight against piracy in Africa


11-03-2015 - SEDE


The Subcommittee will hold an exchange of views on the fight against piracy inAfrica with representatives of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime(UNODC), the EEAS and the European Commission.


When: 17 March 2015


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photo European Parliament

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source Subcommittee on Security and Defence

16 March 2015

1.        Adoption of agenda

2.        Chair’s announcements

With the Council and Commission and EEAS

3.        Cybersecurity and defence
Exchange of views with:
- Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
- Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Head of Cyber Policy Coordination, Conflict Prevention and Security Policy Directorate, EEAS
- Peter Round, Director Capability, Armament & Technology, European Defence Agency (EDA)

4.        The strategic military situation in the Black Sea Basin following the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia




Ioan Mircea Pașcu (S&D)

PR – PE546.620v03-00




· Consideration of draft report

· Deadline for tabling amendments: 23 March 2015, 12.00


17 March 2015

5.        Fight against piracy in Africa
Exchange of views with:
- Alan Cole, Head of Transnational Organised Crime Programme, Regional Office for Eastern Africa, Head of Global Maritime Crime Programme, UNODC
- Marcus Houben, Head of the Support Team of the Contact Group on Piracy, EEAS
- Adriaan van der Meer, Head of Unit "Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, Nuclear Safety", DG DEVCO, European Commission

6.        Any other business

7.        Next meetings

· 24 March 2015 (Brussels)

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First EU Navfor anti-piracy UAV deployment concludes


11 February 2015 by defenceWeb


The first ever Predator deployment with the European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor) has concluded after more than 300 hours of anti-piracy flight hours were accumulated.


On 7 February, the Italian Task Force Air (TFA) in Djibouti completed its deployment with the EU Naval Force. The detachment, which boasts a Predator, arrived in Djibouti last August and performed its first flight on 4 September 2014. The aircraft was transferred from Afghanistan.


Since then, the UAV has patrolled the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden, the Bab el Mandeb Strait and the north coast of Somalia, the EU Naval Force said.


After 28 missions, and with a total of more than 300 flying hours, the Italian UAV completed its last mission on 5 February. During more than 220 hours on-station, it was remotely piloted by “Line of Sight” (LOS), by 28th Squadron personnel deployed to the French Chabelly Base in Djibouti. It was also piloted “Beyond Line of Sight” (BLOS) by Italian Air Force personnel deployed in Amendola Air Force Base in Italy.


On completion of her deployment, Rear Admiral Guido Rando, Force Commander of the EU Naval Force, thanked the Commanding Officer of the Italian TFA, Colonel Elio Volpari, and his staff for their contribution to Operation Atalanta.


In addition to providing more real-time intelligence on possible pirate attacks, the Predator was also used to monitor the safety of World Food Programme (WFP) vessels transiting the Indian Ocean to provide food and other necessities to needy people in East Africa.


The deployment marks the first time that the EU Naval Force has used UAVs to patrol for pirates as it otherwise relies on vessels and fixed wing aircraft like CN-235s and P-3 Orions.


Piracy has dropped significantly off the coast of Somalia due to patrols by naval vessels and aircraft, the use of private armed security guards, the implementation of best management practices by vessel crews and successes on land.


There were only two confirmed attacks on merchant vessels transiting the High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean in 2014: MV Nave Atropos was attacked on 17 January south of Salalah and MV Andreawas fired upon from two skiffs 10 nm off the Somali coast in February, according to private maritime company Dryad Maritime. During the attack on MV Nave Atropos, the pirates used a previously hijacked dhow (MSV Shane Hind) as a mother ship. Despite almost daily reports of suspicious vessels (dhows, fishing boats and skiffs) these three attacks remain the only ones attributed to Somali pirates.


“Also of significance is the lack of disruption of potential pirate action groups (PAGs) in 2014. During 2013 over a dozen PAGs were detained and destroyed by coalition naval forces but, with the exception of MSC Shane Hind, no other PAG was detected in 2014. This is the lowest level of pirate activity in more than 15 years,” Dryad said.


The European Union counter-piracy Operation Atalanta off the Somali coast was recently extended by two more years to December 12, 2016. The EU Council has added a number of secondary tasks to the Operation’s mandate. The EU Naval Force will now contribute, within existing means and capabilities, more widely to the EU’s comprehensive approach to Somalia, including in support of the EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa. It will also be able to contribute to other relevant international community activities helping to address the root causes of piracy in Somalia.


In this respect, the operation could, for example, provide logistical support, expertise or training at sea for other EU actors, in particular the EU mission on regional maritime capacity building (EUCAP Nestor). In addition, Operation Atalanta can also support the EU Training Mission (EUTM) Somalia.


The common costs of EU Naval Force for the two years 2015 and 2016 are estimated at €14.7 million.

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Pastor provides protection against pirates


3 February 2015 Berenice Baker


The threat of piracy against merchant shipping is growing, and while navies are bolstering their patrols in high-risk areas, they can’t be everywhere, so shipping companies are taking the problem into their own hands. Thales has set out to support them with its Pastor turnkey solution, combining mission-adapted systems and an onboard security team to improve crew and cargo safety, and even reduce insurance premiums.


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La Turquie renouvelle la mission anti-piraterie de sa marine au large de la Somalie


04-02-2015 Par : LIANG Chen - French.china.org.cn


Le Parlement turc a adopté mardi une motion prolongeant d'une année supplémentaire la mission assurée par la marine turque dans le cadre de la campagne internationale de lutte contre la piraterie dans le golfe d'Aden.


En 2009, le Parlement turc avait autorisé le gouvernement à envoyer des unités des forces navales turques dans le golfe d'Aden et dans les zones maritimes avoisinantes pour contribuer à la campagne de lutte contre la piraterie menée par l'OTAN conformément à la résolution du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU adoptée en 2008.


La mission a déjà été prorogée à plusieurs reprises. Dans le cadre de cette mission, la marine turque est chargée de protéger les navires marchands turcs naviguant dans le golfe d'Aden et au large des côtes somaliennes, où ils sont souvent pris pour cibles par des pirates.


Lors des discussions sur la question au Parlement ce mardi, Ahmet Berat Conkar, député du Parti de la justice et du développement (AKP, au pouvoir), a indiqué qu'au cours des 26 opérations menées au total depuis 2009, la marine turque a contrecarré les agissements de 179 pirates dans la région

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Iranian Navy's Jamaran Frigate

Iranian Navy's Jamaran Frigate


07 January 2015 by defenceWeb

Iranian Navy vessels have disrupted a pirate attack on an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Yemen, as sporadic pirate attacks continue in the region.

A group of eight skiffs approached an oil tanker 120 km southeast of the Yemeni city of Al-Mukalla, Iran’s FARS news agency reported earlier this week. Two vessels from the Iranian Navy’s 32nd flotilla comprising the Mowj class frigate Jamaran and supply ship Bushehr responded by opening fire on the suspected pirates, who subsequently escaped.


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Le destroyer russe Severomorsk photo Alexandra Kamenskaya RIA Novosti.

Le destroyer russe Severomorsk photo Alexandra Kamenskaya RIA Novosti.


MOSCOU, 23 décembre - RIA Novosti


Le destroyer russe Severomorsk fait route vers la Somalie où il luttera contre les pirates, a annoncé mardi à Moscou le porte-parole de la Flotte du Nord Vadim Serga.

"Le destroyer Severomorsk commencera à remplir sa mission en mer Rouge dans quelques jours. Il garantira la sécurité des bateaux civils dans le golfe d'Aden et au large de la Corne d'Afrique", a indiqué M.Serga.

Le Severomorsk remplacera le patrouilleur russe Iaroslav Moudry qui participe à la lutte contre la piraterie dans le golfe d'Aden depuis septembre.

Le Iaroslav Moudry a déjà quitté cette région pour rejoindre l'escadre russe déployée en mer Méditerranée. Pendant sa mission en Afrique, le Iaroslav Moudry a escorté une quarantaine de bateaux civils russes, grecs, panaméens, libériens, thaïlandais et autres.

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Somali pirates are "not defeated but dormant," says Puntland's Minister for Maritime Transport


12/15/2014 Defence IQ Press

Hon. Abdalla Jama Saleh is the Minister of Maritime Transport, Ports and Counter Piracy for Puntland. He is charged with leading the country’s counter piracy efforts by working with the international community to fight piracy inland and along the coast of Puntland. He spoke to Defence IQ about the decline of piracy off the Somali coast and how that has given rise to new maritime challenges in the Gulf of Aden…


Defence IQ: Piracy in the Gulf of Aden has fallen dramatically in the last few years – what are the main reasons for this? What have been the key lessons learned during this period?


Hon. Adballa Jama: The success against piracy is down to cooperation between at us and the international community. We fought with the pirates inland at their hideouts and points of gathering.  We used force on certain occasions; we used religious guidance by preachers stating that piracy is forbidden and any income directly or indirectly is illegitimate and absolutely forbidden. We successfully reached the point that they could not buy properties or marry with the piracy money. Besides that anybody caught by the international armada was given a long prison term. The international navy presence in the area was a major factor too.


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Le golfe de Guinée, paradis des pirates en Afrique


Dakar, 17 déc 2014 Marine et Océans (AFP)


Le golfe de Guinée, nouveau centre de gravité de la piraterie en Afrique, peine à se mettre en ordre de bataille face à ce fléau, un an après les résolutions d'un sommet à Yaoundé des pays riverains, avec un mauvais élève déclaré, le Nigeria.

Siphonnage de pétrole à bord de cargos détournés, pêche illicite, trafics en tous genres : la zone côtière s'étendant du Sénégal à l'Angola a volé la vedette au golfe d'Aden, où le phénomène, un temps spectaculaire, a quasiment disparu devant le déploiement d'une armada militaire internationale.

Sur les neuf premiers mois de 2014, le golfe de Guinée est resté le champion africain de la piraterie, avec 33 attaques recensées - en recul toutefois par rapport à la même période de 2013 (47) - contre 10 au large de la Somalie, selon le Bureau maritime international (BMI), nombre de cas, non déclarés, passant toutefois à travers les mailles du filet.

Les pirates opérant au large du Nigeria, du Togo ou du Bénin sont généralement bien armés et violents, constate le BMI. Ils détournent parfois les navires pendant plusieurs jours, le temps de piller les soutes, et brutalisent les équipages, de moins en moins enclins à naviguer dans ces eaux.

"Dans le golfe de Guinée, la recrudescence de la piraterie a atteint une dimension inquiétante", a reconnu lundi le président nigérian Goodluck Jonathan au sommet de la Communauté économique des Etats d'Afrique de l'Ouest (Cédéao) à Abuja, capitale du Nigeria, soulignant les phénomènes corollaires de "trafic de drogue, siphonnage de pétrole et trafic d'êtres humains".

Menacés dans leur réputation et leur économie - les recettes maritimes représentent jusqu'à 20% des budgets nationaux - les Etats riverains ont décidé en juin 2013 à Yaoundé de créer un centre de coordination interrégional contre la piraterie et des centres régionaux le long de la côte.

"Les 24 chefs d'Etat présents à Yaoundé ne sont pas venus pour se balader. L'action est là, on n'est plus au stade des incantations", a estimé lundi le ministre camerounais des Affaires étrangères, Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, lors d'un premier Forum sur la sécurité en Afrique organisé à Dakar.

Les centres créés depuis manquent toutefois encore d'ordinateurs, d'imagerie, les marines nationales de patrouilleurs et vedettes rapides, et et le dialogue interrégional n'est pas toujours au rendez-vous. Marines, polices maritimes et garde-côte se regardent en outre souvent en chiens de faïence.


- Connexions politiques -


"Au niveau des Etats, vous avez une multitude de services qui se marchent dessus. Chaque agence essaie d'avoir des prérogatives qui ne relèvent même pas de ses compétences", a déploré le chef d'état-major de la Marine sénégalaise, l'amiral Bara Cissokho, à ce même forum.

Les pays riverains ont parfois d'importants contentieux frontaliers, notamment pour le contrôle de champs pétroliers offshore.

"Comment le Ghana et la Côte d'Ivoire peuvent-ils organiser des patrouilles conjointes si la délimitation de leur frontière n'est pas finalisée ?", s'interroge Barthélémy Blédé, chercheur en sécurité maritime à l'Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS) de Dakar.

Le financement "tarde en outre à se dessiner et l'aide extérieure demeure limitée", déplore M. Blédé, regrettant aussi l'hostilité des armateurs à de nouvelles taxes sur les navires.

Pour tous les experts réunis à Dakar, le Nigeria reste en outre une grande ombre au tableau, le gros des attaques intervenant face à ses côtes.

"Les pirates qui essaiment dans toute la région viennent d'un Etat en particulier et créent des succursales dans les autres Etats", analyse Véronique Roger-Lacan, Représentante spéciale de la France pour la lutte contre la piraterie maritime.

Les ramifications sont parfois inattendues.

"Depuis le mois d'octobre, des attaques dans les eaux nigérianes suggèrent que la piraterie pourrait être utilisée pour financer des activités politiques. Les attaques sont devenues plus fréquentes et plus violentes à l'approche de l'élection présidentielle de février 2015", constate M. Blédé.

A côté, le Golfe d'Aden passerait presque pour un havre de paix. "Tous les services spécialisés disent toutefois qu'à partir du moment où les marines se retireront, les commanditaires de la piraterie reprendront leurs activités", prévient Mme Roger-Lacan.

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Chinese Harbin Z-9E helicopter practices landing aboard the U.S. Navy's  USS Sterett


14 déc. 2014 US Navy


GULF OF ADEN (Dec. 12, 2014) - A Chinese Harbin Z-9E helicopter practices landing aboard the U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104). Sterett and ships from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) PLA(N) commenced a bilateral counter-piracy exercise, U.S.-China Counter-Piracy Exercise 15, in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa. Aiming to promote partnership, strength and presence, the exercise includes combined visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) operations, communication exchanges, and various other aspects of naval operations. This exercise represents a long-standing united front toward counter-piracy operations shared by these two world powers. (U.S. Navy video/Released)


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La France condamnée à indemniser des pirates somaliens


MOSCOU, 4 décembre - RIA Novosti


La Cour européenne des droits de l'homme (CEDH) a condamné la France à compenser le "préjudice moral" subi par des pirates somaliens qui avaient attaqué des navires français en 2008.


La cour a établi qu'après avoir arrêté les pirates dans les eaux territoriales somaliennes et les avoir placés sous contrôle militaire à bord de la frégate "Courbet", les marins français devaient les "traduire sans délai devant un juge ou un autre magistrat habilité par la loi à exercer des fonctions judiciaires". Or, les intéressés ont été présentés à un juge d'instruction avec 48 heures de retard.


Tout en reconnaissant l'existence de "circonstances tout à fait exceptionnelles", à savoir le fait que "la France intervenait au large de la Somalie, à 6 000 kilomètres de son territoire", la Cour a toutefois établi que "rien ne justifiait un tel délai supplémentaire".


Après avoir constaté une violation de l'article 5 alinéa 1 (Droit à la liberté et à la sûreté) de la Convention européenne des droits de l'homme, la justice européenne a condamné la France à payer à chaque pirate 2.000 à 5.000 euros à titre de dommage moral et à verser 3.000 à 9.000 euros pour frais et dépens.


Le 21 novembre 2012, le Conseil de sécurité de l'Onu a adopté la résolution 2077 sur la lutte contre la piraterie au large de la Somalie. Le document invite les autorités de ce pays africain à "patrouiller dans les eaux territoriales somaliennes afin d'empêcher les actes de piraterie et de vols à main armée en mer", et à "mener des enquêtes sur ceux qui ont été appréhendés et à les poursuivre en justice".

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30.11.2014 Source EU Naval Force Somalia


EU Naval Force Warship HNLMS Van Speijk Provides Assistance to Seafarers off the Somali Coast

On Sunday 2 November 2014, EU Naval Force warship, HNLMS van Speijk, came to the assistance of local seafarers, after their boat suffered severe engine problems out to sea.

U Naval Force Flagship ITS Andrea Doria Departs Dubai After Counter-Piracy Week

The flagship of the EU Naval Force, ITS Andrea Doria, has completed her visit to Dubai.  The Italian Navy destroyer was in port to participate in the UAE counter-piracy week between Monday 27 and Friday 31 October.

erman Maritime Patrol Aircraft Achieves 4,000 Flying Hours with EU Naval Force off the Coast of Somalia

On Sunday 2 November the German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA), which is currently operating as part of the EU Naval Force, reached an impressive 4,000 flying hours milestone with Operation Atalanta.

oyal New Zealand Air Force Completes Successful Mission with European Union’s Counter-Piracy Operation Atalanta off the Coast of Somalia

Between 24 October – 6 November 2014 the Royal New Zealand Air Force contributed to the European Union’s counter-piracy mission, Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.

U Naval Force Warship BNS LEOPOLD I Visits Kenyan Fishermen at Sea

EU Naval Force warship BNS Leopold I carried out a friendly approach on a Kenyan fishing vessel in the Somali Basin.

U Naval Force Warship BNS LEOPOLD I reaches the Halfway stage of her Deployment

EU Naval Force warship BNS Leopold I is now halfway through her deployment as part of EU Naval Force. Over the last two months, the warship has conducted counter-piracy operations across the Area of Operations. She has also conducted friendly approaches on more than 20 local dhows and skiffs.

U Naval Force Warship HNLMS Van Speijk hosts visit by the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy

On the 9th of November, EU Naval Force Warship HNLMS Van Speijk was honored by the visit of the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Lieutenant-General Rob Verkerk.

U Naval Force and Chinese Navy Ships Meet at Sea in the Gulf of Aden

On Monday 10th November, the EU Naval Force Flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, and the Chinese Flagship CNS Changbaishan met at sea in the Gulf of Aden.

U Naval Force Flagship ITS Andrea Doria Meets Local Seafarers in Gulf of Aden

One of Operation Atalanta’s objectives is to develop a greater understanding of the way of life of fishermen and other seafarers who sail in the Gulf of Aden. As a result, EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Doria was recently tasked to meet local fishermen, who, until two years ago, lived with the constant fear of being attacked by Somali pirates.

panish Ambassador in Oman Visits ESPS Navarra During Port Visit to Muscat

On Sunday 9 November the Spanish Ambassador to Oman, His Excellency Mr Juan José Urtasun, paid a visit to ESPS Navarra during her port visit to Muscat. Port visits such as this are an opportunity to resupply the Spanish warship with food and stores, and give the crew the opportunity to take some rest and recuperation when not on-watch or duty.

U Naval Force Commander Visits Serbian Maritime Protection Team On Board World Food Programme Vessel

On Saturday 15 November the EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Guido Rando, visited the Serbian maritime protection team that is currently embarked in a World Food Programme (WFP) vessel. The protection team, known as an Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment, or AVPD, is tasked, as part of the EU Naval Force, to protect WFP vessels from pirate attack as they transit along the Somali coastline.

hief of the German Navy Vice Admiral Andreas Krause Visits EU Naval Force Operational Headquarters in London

Earlier today the Chief of the German Navy, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, visited the EU Naval Force Operational Headquarters in Northwood, London.

U Naval Force Warship HNLMS Van Speijk Escorts Food Aid Ship Through Somali Waters

EU Naval Force Dutch frigate, HNLMS Van Speijk, has escorted a World Food Programme (WFP) vessel along the Somali coast to keep it safe from a potential pirate attack.  The WFP ship was carrying food such as soya, cooking oil and flour from Mombasa in Kenya to the Somali port of Kismayo. The food will now be distributed to displaced people in Somalia, who have suffered from drought and food shortages.

U Counter-Piracy Operation Atalanta Extended to End of 2016

The Council has extended the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta by two more years, until 12 December 2016. The Operation’s main focus is the protection of World Food Programme vessels delivering humanitarian aid to Somalia; and the deterrence, repression and disruption of piracy off the Somali coast. In addition, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activities off the coast of Somalia.

U Naval Force Warship HNLMS Van Speijk Hosts EU Civilian Crisis Management Committee

During their recent port visit to Djibouti, Dutch warship HNLMS van Speijk hosted a visit from the Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management, or CIVCOM, which is an advisory body within the European Union dealing with crisis management.

U Naval Force Warship BNS LEOPOLD I Conducts Maritime Capacity Building with Tanzanian Navy

On 19 and 20 November, during her recent port visit to Dar Es Salam, EU Naval Force warship BNS Leopold I hosted members of the Tanzanian Navy in support of EUCAP Nestor’s initiative to conduct Local Maritime Capability Building (LMCB).

U Naval Force Warship Invites Local Somali Leaders On Board

During the last week EU Naval Force warship, ESPS Navarra, invited local Somali leaders on board in order to help build relations between the EU Naval Force and the Somali people.

U Naval Force Operation Commander and IMO Secretary-General Warn No Room for Complacency Against Somali Piracy

The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Major General Martin Smith MBE, visited the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr Koji Sekimizu, at the IMO headquarters in London on Wednesday 26 November.

panish Maritime Patrol Aircraft Contingents Hold Handover Ceremony As New Crew Takes On EU Counter Piracy Role Off Coast Of Somalia

On Tuesday 25 November the outgoing 20th Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft Contingent held a Transfer of Authority (TOA) ceremony with the 21st Contingent team to hand over their counter-piracy duties in the Horn of Africa. The ceremony took place at the French Air Base in Djibouti.

EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia - Operation Atalanta is part of the EU's comprehensive approach to tackle symptoms and root causes of piracy off the coast of Somalia and the EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa adopted in November 2011.

EU NAVFOR conducts anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and the Indian Ocean and is responsible for the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) shipping carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Somalia and Horn of Africa as well as the logistic shippings supporting the African Union troops conducting Peace Support Operations in Somalia (AMISOM). Additionally, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

For more information, please visit our website www.eunavfor.eu.

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Fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia: lessons learned from the Contact Group


28 October 2014 by Thierry Tardy - Report No20


One of the priorities of the 2014 EU Chairmanship of the Contact Group on ­Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) has been to adequately document the lessons learned from the Contact Group. This includes both the unfiltered accounts of people affected by piracy or involved in the fight against piracy and the more academic, analytical work whose aim is to generate conclusions, observations and recommendations. To achieve the objective of documenting the CGPCS lessons learned, a CGPCS Lessons Learned Consortium was established in 2013 consisting of the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Cardiff University and Oceans Beyond Piracy. These three organisations have initiated and developed several work strands to ensure that the lessons learned from the Contact Group are not only preserved for future students, scholars and practitioners, but also placed in a broader societal and intellectual framework, allowing for further analysis and study.

This report is one of the core products of the CGPCS Lessons Learned Project. The EUISS has brought together a number of authors who have been involved in the ­CGPCS from the outset to document the genesis and evolution of the Contact Group since its inception in 2009. These contributions offer an overview of the work of the Contact Group and illustrate the road the CGPCS stakeholders have travelled together as well as the manner in which the international counter-piracy strategy has evolved.


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Thales launches PASTOR counter-piracy service solution


October 28, 2014 Thales Group


Some 90% of the world's trade is carried by sea. In 2013, 12 vessels were hijacked, 202 were boarded, 22 were fired on and a further 28 reported attempted attacks (source: International Maritime Bureau).


The growing scourge of piracy

Modern pirates are targeting commercial freighters, fishing vessels and private yachts alike. Piracy is a real and present danger in the world's major shipping lanes, and violent attacks by pirates put the lives of yachtsmen and merchant seamen at risk. The objective is to seize the ship, steal all or part of its cargo and, in many cases, hold the ship and its crew for ransom.


An evolving threat

Piracy takes different forms in different parts of the world. In some regions, pirates are linked to political ideologies or separatist groups. In others, they are part of broader organised crime syndicates or terror organisations.


Regions affected

Piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Indian Ocean, from the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf of Aden in the north to Tanzania in the south, has been widely covered in the media, with numerous reports of attacks on oil tankers, yachts and other vessels. While the number of incidents seems to have fallen, pirate groups continue to operate in these areas. At the same time, piracy is a growing threat in the Gulf of Guinea, particularly off the Nigerian coast, with 31 reported incidents in 2013, compared with 27 in 2012 and 10 in 2011. Pirates in this region are noted for their violent tactics and are beginning to operate at greater distances from the shore. Piracy is also a significant risk in the Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea.


Thales's response

At Euronaval 2014, Thales is unveiling PASTOR, a unique counter-piracy service solution for shipping companies and all types of vessels operating in high-risk parts of the world.

PASTOR is designed around a set of proven products and systems to protect vessels, cargoes and crews quickly and effectively during the day and at night.

It is available as a turnkey solution comprising:

  • A small onboard security team

  • Detection, identification and other electronic systems

  • A powerful searchlight to deter attacks

The service solution includes on-demand provision and installation of protection kits in line with operational requirements.

PASTOR uses an automated system of digital radio messages to enable vessels in the same navigational area to identify each other. PASTOR can also record shipboard data and share maritime security information with other users in the vicinity.

PASTOR is a cost-effective way of keeping vessels and crews safe and secure. It combines early warning, protection and deterrence systems and can be quickly tailored to new risks and threats as they emerge.

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Guinée Conakry : un centre pour lutter contre l’insécurité maritime


11-09-2014  Par RFI


En Guinée Conakry, le Centre interrégional de coordination et de sécurité contre la piraterie maritime dans le Golfe de Guinée a été inauguré jeudi 11 septembre à Yaoundé. Cette zone est de plus en plus touchée par les actes de piraterie. En 2010, on en dénombrait 56. Trois ans après, en 2013, le nombre de cas était de 130, plus du double, selon le bureau maritime international. Ce centre doit élaborer une stratégie de lutte contre l'insécurité maritime. Il s'agit d'une réflexion initiée par les pays membres de la Communauté économique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO), de la Communauté Economique des Etats d'Afrique Centrale (CEEAC) et de la Commission du golfe de Guinée (CGG). Invité d’Afrique Soir, Bertrand Monnet, Directeur de la chaire Management des risques criminels de l'EDHEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales), a répondu aux questions de Clémentine Méténier.


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Counter Piracy Newsletter August - EU Naval Force Somalia


31.08.2014 EUNAVFOR


EU Naval Force Bids Farewell to Rear Admiral Bauzá as he Hands Over the Role of Deputy Operation Commander to Brigadier General Swijgman

After seven months, Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá (Spanish Navy) today handed over the role of Deputy Operation Commander (DCOM) of the European Union Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta, to Brigadier General Dick Swijgman (Royal Netherlands Navy).  The handover took place at the Operational Headquarters (OHQ) in Northwood, London.

EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Navarra Keeps World Food Program Vessel Safe as it Sails Along the Somali Coast

As part of her counter-piracy role within the EU Naval Force, Spanish frigate ESPS Navarra has completed an escort at sea of a World Food Program (WFP) vessel along the coast of Somalia.

Italy Takes Over Force Command of Operation Atalanta from Germany

On Wednesday 6 August 2014 Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen (German Navy) handed over Force Command of the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta to Rear Admiral Guido Rando (Italian Navy).  Brigadier General Dick Swijgman, who recently assumed the role of Deputy Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, presided over the handover on board the EU Naval Force flagship, FGS Brandenburg, in the port of Djibouti.

EU Naval Force Flagship ITS Andrea Doria Conducts First Friendly Approach

On 11 August 2014 the new flagship of EU Naval Force ITS Andrea Doria conducted its first friendly approach in the Gulf of Aden. To help strengthen mutual understanding and trust between the EU Naval Force and local seafarers, as well as obtain first hand information about possible piracy incidents in the area, EU Naval Force ships will sometimes make ‘Friendly Approaches’ to fishing and cargo dhows and speak to the masters and crew.

HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën supporting World Food Program

On 11 August EU Naval Force ship HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën completed an escort of a World Food Program (WFP) vessel along the coast of Somalia. Escorting WFP vessels is one of the primary tasks of Operation Atalanta.

EU NAVFOR Force Commander Visits FGS Berlin During RAS

On 11 of August 2014 the Combat Support Ship FGS Berlin received a visit from the Force Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia Rear Admiral Guido Rando. It was the first visit aboard an Operation Atalanta unit other than the flagship since he assumed command on 6 August in Djibouti.

EU Naval Force Flagship ITS Doria and Frigate ESPS Navarra Assist Yacht in Distress in Gulf of Aden

On Tuesday 12 August, whilst conducting counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, the EU Naval Force flagship and Italian Navy destroyer, ITS Andrea Doria, gave assistance to a stricken yacht.

EU Force Commander Visits HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën And ESPS Navarra

On 15 and 16 August the Force Commander of EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), Rear Admiral Guido Rando, visited HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën and ESPS Navarra. The Dutch frigate is currently conducting the last patrol of her 4 months deployment in the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta, whilst the Spanish Frigate ESPS Navarra will remain in the area of operations until December.

HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën Completes Deployment With EU Naval Force And Hands Over To HNLMS Van Speijk

HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën is on her way home after a successful three months deployment to the EU Naval Force Operation Atalanta, the counter-piracy mission of the European Union.

EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Navarra conducts Friendly Approach in the Indian Ocean

During the last few days EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Navarra deployed as part of EU Naval Force, has been conducting counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean. The Spanish frigate’s embarked AB 212 helicopter, during a routine flight, visually detected two vessels sailing northwards to the Yemeni coast.

EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia - Operation Atalanta is part of the EU's comprehensive approach to tackle symptoms and root causes of piracy off the coast of Somalia and the EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa adopted in November 2011.

EU NAVFOR conducts anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and the Indian Ocean and is responsible for the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) shipping carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Somalia and Horn of Africa as well as the logistic shippings supporting the African Union troops conducting Peace Support Operations in Somalia (AMISOM). Additionally, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

For more information, please visit our website www.eunavfor.eu.

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Counter Piracy Newsletter June - EU Naval Force Somalia


01.07.2014 EUNAVFOR


EU Naval Force Warship FS Floreal Provides Towing Assistance to Dhow in Distress

On Sunday 25 May 2014, French frigate FS Floréal, which is currently deployed with the EU Naval Force, provided towing assistance to a Yemeni dhow in the Gulf of Aden after it was seen drifting without power at sea.


EU Naval Force Flagship FGS Brandenburg Visits French Island of Mayotte In Southern Indian Ocean

At the end of May the EU Naval Force flagship, FGS Brandenburg, made a port visit to the island of Mayotte. Uniquely, Mayotte is the only part of the European Union located inside Operation ATALANTA’s area of operations.


Seychelles Carries Out Oil Spill Exercise With EU Naval Force And EUCAP Nestor

During her recent port visit to the Seychelles, the EU Naval Force flagship, FGS Brandenburg conducted an oil spill exercise with units of the Seychelles Coast Guard, Air Force, Fire and Rescue Services, Port authorities and Maritime Safety Administration. 


Commander Joint Forces New Zealand Visits EU Naval Force Operational Headquarters

Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, today visited the Operational Headquarters of EU Naval Force at Northwood Base, North London. He was met by the Deputy Operational Commander of Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá.


German Navy Flight Operator Achieves 3,000 Flight Hours During Flight With EU Naval Force

On Wednesday 4 June, a flight operator in the Djiboutian based German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) P-3C Orion crew reached an impressive 3,000 flight hours’ milestone.


Operation Commander Visits EU Naval Force Staff in Djibouti

During a visit to Djibouti this week, the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Tarrant, visited German and Spanish Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) crews based there as well as the team from Support Element Atalanta (SEA).


EU Force Commander Strengthens Ties with the Seychelles During Port Visit by EU Naval Force Flagship FGS Brandenburg

During a recent port visit of the EU Naval Force Flagship FGS Brandenburg to the Seychelles, the Force Commander, Rear AdmiralJürgen zur Mühlen, took the opportunity to meet several ministers and military representatives of the Republic of Seychelles, as well as the EU delegation.


EU Naval Force Deputy Commander and Force Commander visit Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft

Recently the European Union Naval Force flagship “Brandenburg” held a port visit to the Seychelles. During this period the Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, welcomed the Deputy Commander, Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá, for a mid-term-review discussion. Both Flag Officers also took the opportunity to visit the Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) Detachment, which is based at the Mahe Island main airport.


Operation Commander Welcomes a Chinese Military Delegation to the European Union Naval Force Operational Headquarters

Earlier today the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, welcomed the Defence Advisor to the People’s Republic of China Delegation to the European Union, Major General Luo Wei and his Deputy, Senior Colonel Qiu Yi, to the Operational Headquarters in Northwood.


French Warship FS Floreal Completes Another Successful Counter-Piracy Operation With The EU Naval Force

After two months of contributing to the European Union’s fight against Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, French warship FS Floréal is sailing towards her home port on La Réunion, which is a French territory in the Indian Ocean. This is the fifth time that FS Floréal has participated in the EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta.


Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Aircraft Participate in Seychelles National Day Ceremony

On Wednesday 18 June, the Luxembourg’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance (MPRA) Detachment participated in the Seychelles National Day Ceremony.  Two Merlin aircraft conducted a fly-past over the National Sport Stadium in front of President James Michel and some 5,000 spectators.


Montenegro Continues Support To EU Naval Force Operational Headquarters In Northwood

Lieutenant Commander Zeljko Pekovic has become the second naval officer from Montenegro to serve at the EU Naval Force Operational Headquarters in Northwood, UK. Lieutenant Commander Pekovic will be stationed in the Headquarters until June 2015. Montenegro started providing a military officer to the EU Naval Force Operational Headquarters in June 2013.


EU Naval Force Operational Headquarters Welcomes European Union Military Committee

The Operation Commander of EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant and his Deputy, Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá today welcomed the Chairman, Director General and 35 Military Representatives of the European Union Military Committee to the Operational Headquarters in Northwood.


EU Naval Force And NATO Force Commanders Meet At Sea

On Sunday 22 June, the newly-appointed Force Commander of the NATO counter-piracy Task Force, Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, paid an inaugural visit to the EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen.  Both met at sea on board of EU Naval Force flagship FGS Brandenburg.


EU Force Commander Meets Crew Of HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën At Sea

On Monday 16 June, the Force Commander of EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, met the officers and ship’s company of HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën at sea for the first time since the Dutch frigate joined the EU Naval Force.


EU Naval Force Warship HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën Conducts Maritime Capacity Building With The Seychelles Coastguard

On Monday 23 June EU Naval Force warship HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën hosted members of the Seychelles Coastguard. The visit was in support of EUCAP Nestor’s initiative to promote regional maritime capability building.


EU Naval Force Flagship FGS Brandenburg Ensures A Safe Passage For World Food Programme Vessel In The Gulf Of Aden

Over a period of three days FGS Brandenburg has escorted a World Food Programme (WFP) voyage chartered vessel from Djibouti to Bosaso, which is the capital of Puntland.

EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia - Operation Atalanta is part of the EU's comprehensive approach to tackle symptoms and root causes of piracy off the coast of Somalia and the EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa adopted in November 2011.

EU NAVFOR conducts anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and the Indian Ocean and is responsible for the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) shipping carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Somalia and Horn of Africa as well as the logistic shippings supporting the African Union troops conducting Peace Support Operations in Somalia (AMISOM). Additionally, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

For more information, please visit our website www.eunavfor.eu.

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