FGS Bayern Hosts MS Europa Passengers in Muscat, Oman
During her recent port visit to Muscat, Oman, EU Naval Force warship, FGS Bayern, hosted passengers and crew from cruise liner, MS Europa, that was berthed close to her at the pier.
The security situation off the Horn of Africa was a concern for the passengers and their visit to the German Navy frigate was an opportunity to inform them of what EU Naval Force is doing to counter the threat from piracy.
The presence of EU Naval Force warships and maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft has helped to deter and disrupt piracy, with the number of attacks reducing significantly since 2012. However, it is widely recognised that piracy is not yet defeated, so counter-piracy forces and merchant shipping are remaining vigilant in the piracy high risk area.