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EU Naval Force Somalia - Operation Atalanta Update


EU Naval Force Operation Commander Thanks Teams Deployed to Djibouti for Counter-Piracy Contribution to Op Atalanta

Operation Commander, Major General Magowan CBE, recently paid a visit to Operation Atalanta’s forces and staff that are deployed in Djibouti.


Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander Visits Danish Maritime Patrol Detachment in the Seychelles

During HNLMS Tromp’s visit to the Seychelles, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Dutch Commodore Luyckx, took the opportunity to visit the Danish Air Force Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachment that is currently based there.


Operation Atalanta’s Dutch Flagship on Exercise with Seychelles’ Maritime Forces November 1, 2016 - 10:02

Dutch Warship HNLMS Tromp recently took a short break from her counter-piracy patrols, with a port visit to the Seychelles, in order to carry out routine maintenance and restock the ship with food and other essential goods.


Atalanta’s Operation Commander Visits Dutch Flagship HNLMS Tromp at Sea in the Somali Basin

On Tuesday 1 November 2016 Atalanta’s Operation Commander, Major General Rob Magowan, was welcomed aboard Atalanta flagship, HNLMS Tromp.


EU Naval Force Operation Commander Reinforces Need for Vigilance at Sea as Chemical Tanker Attacked by Suspected Somali Pirates

The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force (Somalia), Major General Rob Magowan CBE, has reiterated the need for continued vigilance at sea after a chemical tanker, CPO Korea, was reported as being attacked by six armed men 330 nautical miles off the east coast of Somalia on 22 October.  The attack was confirmed after a thorough investigation into the incident.


Operation Atalanta Dutch Force Commander Visits Spanish Warship, ESPS Relampago During Counter-Piracy Patrols off the Coast of Somalia

Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx, who is currently embarked in the EU Naval Force flagship, HNLMS Tromp, took the opportunity to visit ESPS Relampago, as the Spanish Navy warship was conducting her counter-piracy patrols nearby.


Operation Atalanta Flagship HNLMS Tromp Assists Somali Fishermen At Sea

Operation Atalanta’s Dutch Flagship, HNLMS Tromp, recently provided assistance to a Somali fishing vessel adrift off the coast of Somalia.


Serbia Passes Operation Atalanta’s Protection of World Food Programme Vessel to Croatian Forces After Keeping Humanitarian Aid Ship Safe from Potential Somali Pirate Attack for Over Three Months

On Saturday 5 November 2016, Operation Atalanta’s Serbian maritime protection team, embarked on the World Food Programme vessel MSM Douro for the past three months, handed over this important duty to a team from Croatia during a ceremony in Djibouti.


Operation Atalanta Hosts Somali Officials Onboard Warships for Counter-Piracy Discussions

Operation Atalanta ships HNLMS Tromp and ESPS Relampago have recently hosted Somali officials from the east coast of the country.


Operation Atalanta Force Commander Hosts Chinese Commander of Escort Task Group On Board Dutch Flagship – Working Together Against Somali Piracy

On 14 November 2016, Operation Atalanta’s Dutch Force Commander welcomed the Commander of Chinese Escort Task Group 112, Senior Captain Bai Yaoping, aboard HNLMS Tromp.


Operation Atalanta Force Commander Meets Croatian Vessel Protection Team

On 17 November 2016, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Dutch Commodore Luyckx, visited the Croatian Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD) currently deployed aboard World Food Programme (WFP) ship MV Douro.


EU Sister-Missions in Somalia Strengthen Ties and Discuss Maritime Security in Bossasso

EU sister-missions, EUCAP Nestor and EU Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta), recently held a series of meetings with state government officials and local leaders in Bossasso, in the Puntland state of Somalia. During the meetings the maritime security situation off the Somali coast was discussed and the importance of keeping the number of pirate attacks suppressed.


Operation Atalanta Warships HNLMS Tromp and ESPS Relampago Rendezvous at Sea with Japanese Warship JS Suzutsuki

On Monday 21 November, HNLMS Tromp and ESPS Relampago met Japanese Warship, JS Suzutsuki, at sea.


Operation Atalanta Force Commander Welcomes Japanese Commander of the Japanese Escort Task Group on board Dutch Flagship HNLMS Tromp

On Monday 21 November Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx, welcomed the Japanese Commander, Captain Minami, on board of Dutch flagship, HNLMS Tromp.


European Union’s Counter-Piracy Operation Atalanta Extended by Two Years to Help Ensure Pirate Attacks on Seafarers off Coast of Somalia Remain Suppressed

On Monday 28 November 2016, the European Council extended Operation Atalanta’s mandate to deter, disrupt and repress acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia, until 31 December 2018.


Operation Atalanta Force Commander Greets Dutch Marine Security Team on board Dutch-Flagged Cargo Ship in Gulf of Aden

On 19 November Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx, paid a visit to the Dutch-flagged cargo ship, Super Servant 3, during the vessel’s transit from Safaga in Egypt to Abu Dhabi in the UAE.



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.

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