German Frigate FGS BAYERN Protects Food Aid to Somalia


The German frigate FGS BAYERN, part of the Operation ATALANTA counter-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa, has recently escorted the merchant vessel “SEA MASTER I” safely into the port of Bossasso on the northern coast of Somalia.

The ship was loaded with humanitarian-aid as part of the World Food Programme aid to those in need in Somalia and her cargo was several thousand tons of urgently needed food, including sorghum and vegetable oil.

EU NAVFOR Somalia is a counter-piracy taskforce operating in the area of the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean responsible for deterring, preventing and repressing acts of piracy, for the safe escort of ships carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Program and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and to protect other vulnerable vessels. Additionally, EU NAVFOR also monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia

Source: eunavfor, September 20, 2011;