Lithuanian Navy Keeps WFP Vessel MSM Douro Safe
Since the start of August 2015, a team from the Lithuanian Navy has been stationed on board World Food Programme (WFP) vessel, MSM Douro, as part of Lithuania’s contribution to the European Union’s counter-piracy efforts off the coast of Somalia.
The role of the Lithuanian Navy maritime protection team is to protect MSM Douro from a potential pirate attack as the vessel sails along the Somali coast carrying much-needed food aid destined for the Somali people.
Prior to their deployment, all members of the Lithuanian team completed six months of intensive training that culminated in a practical evaluation at sea. The team also received briefing about regional states and the issues faced by local people.