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  • 26 March 2013

    Currently it is the 12th rotation of the P3C Orion Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRS) and its support group, serving since 20 February with the EU Naval Force. German navy aircraft are contributing to maritime security around the Horn of Africa based in Djibouti for almost ten years. Therefore, the German MPRA detachment was […]

  • 18 June 2014

    Recently the European Union Naval Force flagship “Brandenburg” held a port visit to the Seychelles. During this period the Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, welcomed the Deputy Commander, Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá, for a mid-term-review discussion.   Both Flag Officers also took the opportunity to visit the Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) […]

  • 19 February 2013

    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. […]

  • 27 March 2018

    A German P-3C Orion maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) and its crew have returned to Djibouti to rejoin the fight against piracy as part of the EU NAVFOR-led operation Atalanta. The P-3C, its crew and supporting staff deployed to the Horn of Africa area of operations on March 23 to work alongside the Spanish MPRA […]

  • 9 May 2014
    Training & Education

    The Commander of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Task Force 150 (CTF150) Commodore Jeremy Blunden Royal Navy, visited the EU Naval Force Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachments from both Germany and Spain in Djibouti.   Commander Stefan Becker, the Commanding Officer of the German MPRA Detachment, and Lieutenant Colonel Jacobo Lecube Porrúa, the Commanding […]

  • 20 March 2013

    Playing a key role in the EU Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta are the Spanish Airforce P3-M Orion Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA). The aircraft are based in Djibouti and have been a stalwart part of the operation since 3 January 2009, they provide an unbroken expertise assisting and co-ordinating other MPRA contributors […]

  • 5 December 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Rear Admiral Rando visited Brigadier-General Philippe Montocchio, the Commander of French Forces in Djibouti. They both discussed the current piracy situation in the Gulf of Aden. During the meeting Rear Admiral Rando said:  A lot has been done, but we have to maintain focus as piracy is not yet eradicated. Both officers also took the […]

  • 26 February 2013
    Training & Education

    At the end of February the Luxembourg Maritime patrol and Reconnaissance (MPRA) Detachment returned to the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta counter piracy mission, having taken over MPRA duties from the Swedish Coast Guard MPRA unit operating from the Seychelles. During their previous deployments with EU NAVFOR, the two Luxembourg MERLIN IIIC […]

  • 11 November 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Defense ministers of the UK and Norway have agreed to step up their defense relationship during a November 10 meeting where UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced new cooperation on maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and exercises. After a visit to Norway’s top military headquarters, close to the Arctic Circle on Thursday, Fallon announced that the UK and Norway […]

  • 15 June 2016

    German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachment which has been flying the Orion P-3C as part of Operation Atalanta is set to return to the home air base in Germany. 50 soldiers from the Naval Air Wing (MFG) 3 “Graf Zeppelin” have been stationed at the Horn of Africa since March 2016. During their deployment, the German MPRA […]

  • 7 July 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Spanish Air Force’s P-3 maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA), currently deployed to Djibouti as part of Operation Atalanta, recently met with two Japanese P-3 aircraft which are deployed with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to fly in close formation over the Gulf of Aden. Maritime air crews from the different task forces rarely get the […]

  • 12 June 2014

    On Wednesday 4 June, a flight operator of the Djiboutian based German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) P-3C Orion crew reached an impressive 3,000 flight hours’ milestone.   The German Navy flight operator reached his 3,000 hours during an operational flight with the EU Naval Force counter-piracy mission, Operation Atalanta. The flight operator started […]

  • 11 April 2016

    The German Navy has been flying their Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) with EUNAVFOR’s Op Atalanta for the past seven years, and last week the MPRA Detachment reached an impressive 5,000 flying hours off the coast of Somalia. The German aircrews fly missions several times a week, usually along the Somali coastline and they take […]

  • 18 February 2014
    Training & Education

    On Sunday 16 February, the Luxembourg Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachment flew its 1,000th operational sortie as part of the EU Naval Force.   As the Swearingen SW3C Merlin aircraft landed back in the Seychelles, it was given an impressive ‘water-spray’ welcome by the Seychelles International Airport Fire Department. The EU Naval Force […]

  • 30 March 2012

    EU Counter Piracy Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR) have tracked down and stopped a group of suspected pirates who were believed to have tried to attack a Hong-Kong flagged tanker approximately 400 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. EU Naval Force warship FS Aconit was called to investigate after the tanker came under attack on 26 […]

  • 29 October 2018

    Spanish sailors assigned to EUNAVFOR’s operation Atalanta captured and destroyed a pirate whaler in an operation off the Somali coast on October 28. The pirate vessel was detected following an attack on Hong Kong-flagged Bulk Carrier KSL Sydney. The attack against the KSL Sydney took place on October 16, 340 nautical miles off the coast of […]

  • 24 July 2014

    The German EU Naval Force Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance (MPRA) Detachment in Djibouti received a welcome visit from their Squadron Commanding Officer, Captain Hans-Jörg Detlefsen, who is based in Germany.   Since 2009 men and women from the German Squadron Graf Zeppelin in Nordholz, Northern Germany, have been supporting the EU Naval Forces off the Coast […]

  • 20 September 2016

    A German maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) airdropped supplies to the Dutch Navy frigate HLNMS Tromp at sea in the Gulf of Aden. Both the ship and the plane are currently deployed to operation Atalanta and counter piracy activities off the coast of Somalia. The purpose of the over flight was to enable the […]

  • 28 March 2013
    Training & Education

    The Deputy Operation Commander of EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Eric Dupont (French Navy) recently visited Djibouti when on a regional visit to the Operation Atalanta area of operations. During the visit he met with Lieutenant Colonel Wais O. Bogoreh the Commander of the Djiboutian Coast Guard. Admiral Dupont commented during the visit: “I am […]

  • 3 October 2011

      A German Navy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) has been in Djibouti since Sunday participating in the EUNAVFOR mission ATALANTA. As the “flying eye” it significantly contributes to fighting piracy and securing the shipping lanes off the Horn of Africa. Equipped with modern electro-optical sensors the MPRA delivers an indispensable contribution to the […]

  • 15 August 2012
    Training & Education

    On 13 August the Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Aircraft Detachment deployed in support of the EU anti-piracy operation ATALANTA passed its 4.000th operational flight hour during its 707th operational sortie in theatre. This milestone occurred when Captain SOLOMON and his crew were crossing the equator over the Indian Ocean during an anti-piracy sea sector search and […]

  • 27 September 2011

      EU NAVFOR welcomed a German Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) which will operate off the Horn of Africa. Based in Djibouti, the Lockheed Martin P-3C ‘ORION’, will add to the mission’s capabilities until December. In a letter to the detachment, the Force Commander, Rear Admiral Thomas Jugel, welcomed the soldiers: “Let me heartily welcome […]

  • 13 June 2014

    During a visit to Djibouti this week, the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Tarrant, visited German and Spanish Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) crews based there as well as the team from Support Element Atalanta (SEA).   Speaking directly to the MPRA crews, the Admiral stated: “Your achievements are testament […]

  • 10 October 2011

      On 7 October EU NAVFOR warship FGS KOELN successfully disrupted a suspect Pirate Action Group’s (PAG) supply boat, a whaler, operating in the Somali Basin about 200 nautical miles East of Tanzania. The whaler had been located previously by a Norwegian Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) under control of NATO Task Force 508, […]

  • 6 November 2014

    On Sunday 2 November the German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA), which is currently operating as part of the EU Naval Force, reached an impressive 4,000 flying hours milestone with Operation Atalanta. As the German P3C Orion landed back at its base in Djibouti on Sunday, the aircrew was given a warm welcome by […]

  • 14 June 2017

    German soldiers and personnel assigned to the P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachment are concluding a three-month deployment to the EUNAVFOR’s operation Atalanta this week. Before the 85 personnel depart their current base in Djibouti to fly home to Germany, Atalanta Force Commander, Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas, took to opportunity to meet the […]

  • 14 April 2014

    On Sunday 6 April the German commander of the EU Naval Force Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) P-3C Orion reached 3,000 of flying hours. After he returned to the Djibouti airbase, where the aircraft is currently based, he received a special welcome from the German MPRA detachment leader.   “It is something really special […]

  • 29 March 2016

    Operation Atalanta’s new Force Commander who took command over the force six days ago used the opportunity to meet a Lithuanian Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment as his ship, FGs Bayern, rendezvoused with World Food Programme ship MSM Douro. The Lithuanian team that comprises MSM Douro’s Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD) met with the Commander in the Gulf of Aden, in the […]

  • 26 November 2015

    A French Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance (MPRA) aircraft, the Falcon 50, joined Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. The French Air Detachment is based in Djibouti and is tasked with patrolling the coast of Somalia to provide an accurate, up to date picture of the region and assist with […]