Swedish Coast Guard MPRA Aircraft Completes Contribution to EU Naval Force

Swedish Coast Guard MPRA Aircraft Completes Contribution To EU Naval Force

The Swedish Coast Guard MPRA aircraft left the Seychelles on 15 February 2013 after a productive four month deployment to the Seychelles as part of EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta.

The Swedish coastguard Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, joined the operation in October 2012 and left the operation on 15 February 2013. The MPRA conduct vital surveillance operations as part of the counter-piracy effort in the region. The officer in charge of the Swedish coastguard team commented:

“The participation of the MPRA team in Operation Atalanta has been a great success for EU NAVFOR and the Swedish Coast Guard (Swe CG). The Swe CG is a civilian authority and it’s a bit special to work under military command, but thanks to good co-operation with the Swedish Air Force (who have supported the MPRA team with a liaison officer) it has worked very well. We are happy to see that the piracy has decreased so much. That gives a good hope for the future.”

The departure of the Swedish team has been followed with the deployment of 2 Luxembourg MPRAs to the Seychelles, providing continuous surveillance capabilities to the EU Naval Force.

Naval Today Staff, February 19, 2013; Image: EU Navfor

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