Malagasy Naval Officers Train aboard ESPS Infanta Cristina
Ten Malagasy naval officers carried out counter-piracy training on board the Operation Atalanta flagship, ESPS Infanta Cristina, during the Spanish warship’s recent visit to Diego Suarez.
The training demonstrated how the EU Naval Force communications system called Mercury is used to exchange information with naval forces and merchant ships about suspected pirate activities in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.
The training is part of the EU’s Comprehensive Approach that is helping to enhance maritime security and capabilities of regional states. The experience was ideally suited to the Malagasy naval officers due to the impending setup of the Indian Ocean Maritime Information Centre in the capital, Anatananarivo.