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  • 12 February 2014

    The EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta warships have saved about 880,000 tonnes of world food programme aid from pirate attacks, thus achieving the EU Navfor’s primary goal.   Operation Atalanta, also known as European Union Naval Force Somalia (EU-NAVFOR-ATALANTA), is a current military operation undertaken by the European Union Naval Force. EU Navfor is […]

  • 3 August 2012
    Authorities, Training & Education

    On Thursday 2 August 2012, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, visited the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) counter piracy operation headquarters (OHQ) in Northwood, UK. She was welcomed to the OHQ by Rear Admiral Duncan Potts, who is the Operation Commander to […]

  • 9 August 2011

    On the 5th of August, the German frigate FGS NIEDERSACHSEN ended her participation in Operation ATALANTA after almost five month as a part of the EU NAVFOR Task Force. On this occasion, the Force Commander, Commodore Alberto Correia expressed his great thanks for the contribution that FGS NIEDERSACHSEN gave to EU NAVFOR’s mission and for the […]

  • 19 July 2012
    Training & Education

    On 17 and 18 July, the Djiboutian navy and the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) French frigate Guépratte, will participate in the joint surveillance operation “7 Brothers” in international waters near the Islands of Seven Brothers and the Bab El Mandeb strait. With a new operational center and a network of semaphores, the Djiboutian navy […]

  • 5 April 2017

    Following the pirating of an Indian registered cargo dhow off the coast of Somalia on Saturday 1 April 2017, EU NAVFOR once again reiterates the need for vigilance to all ships transiting the piracy high risk area. Vessels are strongly recommended to adhere to self-protection measures laid down in the Best Management Practices 4 (BMP4) […]

  • 12 June 2013

    Between 6th and 10th June, the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) flagship NRP Álvares Cabral visited Mombasa, Kenya. During the visit the EU NAVFOR Force Commander, Commodore Jorge Novo Palma, visited several Kenyan authorities to discuss co-operation and knowledge sharing in order to enhance maritime security in the region. The Force Commander took the opportunity […]

  • 4 July 2017
    Training & Education

    One of EU NAVFOR’s key missions is to protect World Food Programme (WFP) vessels as they transit along the coastline of Somalia. It is essential that much-needed food and other humanitarian aid get safely delivered to the Somali people without any delay. EU NAVFOR has been protecting WFP vessels since December 2008 and since that […]

  • 15 November 2012
    Industry news

    On the 8thNovember 2012, the Commanding Officer of the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) warship, ESPS Relampago, paid a visit to the Commander-in-Chief of the Seychelles Coastguard. The aim of the visit was to promote EU NAVFOR’s presence and support, in fighting piracy in close co-ordination with the Seychellois authorities. The Commanding Officer of ESPS […]

  • 16 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Rear Admiral Ken Cheong, Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, recently visited the EU NAVFOR’s operation Atalanta flagship, FGS Bayern in Salalah in the Gulf of Aden. Radm Cheong, who works for Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), met the Force Commander EU NAVFOR, Radm Jan Kaack, onboard FGS Bayern. This was the second time both commanders […]

  • 27 November 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    On 14th November, the Force Commander of EU NAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Fabio Gregori visited General Mabeyo, Chief of Tanzania People’s Defence Force and Rear Admiral Makanzo, Commander of Naval Forces in Dar Es Salaam. During his visit the Force Commander took the opportunity to invite local dignitaries including the Italian Ambassador to Tanzania, […]

  • 29 October 2012
    Training & Education

    On 27 October EU NAVFOR Force Commander, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, visited Spanish warship ESPS Relampago, which is operating as part of the European Union Naval Force deployed off the Horn of Africa and Gulf of Aden in counter-piracy operation – Atalanta. The Force Commander and members of his staff were welcomed onboard by Relampago’s […]

  • 2 November 2012
    Training & Education

    The Force Commander of the EU Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR), Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, met Jacques Launay, Head of EUCAP Nestor, the European Union mission on Regional Maritime Capacity Building in the Horn of Africa. With this meeting, EUCAP Nestor and EU NAVFOR formally acknowledge the start of their active co-operation.  […]

  • 9 August 2011

    On August the 5th and after 88 days, the Greek frigate HS NIKIFOROS FOKAS conducted her last day of operations as part of the EU NAVFOR Task Force. Throughout her deployment she was assigned to conduct several tasks, such as: patrolling the International Recommended Traffic Corridor, escorting World Food Programme (WFP) and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) […]

  • 2 September 2016

    Operation Atalanta’s counter-piracy Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx, recently visited People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Ship Xiangtan in the Gulf of Aden. The visit enabled the Force Commander to meet Commander Escort Task Group 531, Senior Captain Wang Hongli. After being transferred by helicopter from HNLMS Tromp to PLA Navy Ship Xiangtan, Commodore Luyckx was given […]

  • 12 February 2013

     Belgian frigate BNS Louise-Marie is on her way home after completing three months of counter piracy patrols with the European Union’s counter piracy mission – EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) – Operation Atalanta. BNS Louise-Marie joined EU NAVFOR, which fights piracy off the coast of Somalia, on 23 November 2012. During her time with EU […]

  • 1 August 2011

    On July 28th, after sixty days proudly serving under the European Flag, the French Frigate FS COURBET completed her participation as an EU NAVFOR warship in Operation ATALANTA. During the period, FS Courbet has conducted a multiplicity of tasks in the force, primarily conducting the EU NAVFOR’s main mission of escorting World Food Programme and […]

  • 29 November 2017
    Training & Education

    EU NAVFOR’s Spanish warship ESPS Patiño met up with CTF151 Pakistan warship PNS Tariq to conduct counter-piracy exercises at sea off the Somali coast on November 27.  Personnel from each vessel were transferred between warships to understand each other’s capabilities and focus on the major aspects of counter-piracy deterrence and prevention. As explained by EU […]

  • 30 September 2011

      On September 29 the EU NAVFOR warship FGS KÖLN located and destroyed a suspicious whaler close to a beach off Somalia, 100 nautical miles SW of Mogadishu. A helicopter was dispatched to inspect and found the whaler loaded with equipment usually related to piracy on board. No crew was seen on board. Consequently, the […]

  • 30 November 2011

    On 28 November HNLMS ZUIDERKRUIS, the Dutch Fast Combat Support Ship, left EU NAVFOR Operation ATALANTA to return to her home port in Den Helder. After approximately three months under the Command of the EU NAVFOR and in total 36 years serving in the Royal Netherlands Navy the supply ship will be decommissioned after returning […]

  • 13 May 2014
    Training & Education

    After three months of contributing in the fight against piracy with the EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta, the Hellenic warship HS Psara heads home to Greece.   It was the second time HS Psara has participated in the Counter-Piracy Operation Atalanta as she previously joined the EU Naval Forces in December 2008. During this […]

  • 24 April 2017

    Late on Saturday night during a European Union counter-piracy patrol close to the east coast of Somalia, EU NAVFOR’s Spanish flagship, ESPS Galicia, received a SOS distress call from the master of merchant ship, MT Costina, to say that his vessel was being attacked by a number of armed pirates in a fast-moving skiff. Upon […]

  • 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 […]

  • 28 July 2016
    Training & Education

    On Tuesday, 26th of July 2016, the Spanish Orion Air Contingent XXV, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Saiz Quevedo, completed a successful four month deployment with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia. Detachment XXVI will be commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Juan Ferrero. The handover ceremony was presided over by Colonel Manuel Ojeda from the […]

  • 2 January 2013
    Authorities, Training & Education

    During the morning of the 26 of December, after more than two weeks at sea on board his flagship, Force Commander of the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Pedro García de Paredes, had a meeting with both the Djiboutian Chief of the Navy and the Chief of the Coast […]

  • 29 April 2013
    Training & Education

    EUCAP Nestor, EU Naval Force, and the Seychelles Coast Guard carried out a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Seychelles on 26 April. The exercise involved a mock interception of a suspected pirate skiff in Seychelles waters by the combined efforts of EU NAVFOR and the Seychelles Coast Guard. The Coast Guard vessel, Topaz, and a […]

  • 14 December 2011
    Industry news

    In Djibouti on 7 December, RAdm Christian Canova FRAN, Deputy Commander EU NAVFOR, transferred six powerful outboard motors which had been confiscated from Somali pirates to Colonel Abdourahman Aden Cher, Chief of the Djiboutian Navy. The engines were taken from small skiffs which had been stopped by EU NAVFOR units conducting counter-piracy operations off the […]

  • 21 March 2013

    On 17 March, during a visit by the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta flagship ESPS Méndez Núnez to Salalah, the Force Commander, Rear Admiral Pedro García de Paredes, met with Omani officials in Salalah. The EU NAVFOR Force Commander met the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman’s forces in Salalah, Captain […]

  • 22 February 2016

    A Lithuanian Navy Lieutenant was awarded an Operation Atalanta Medal for his service as part of the EU NAVFOR-Atalanta, European Union operation for countering piracy and armed robbery at sea. “Be proud of this medal, it is recognition of your outstanding commitment, professionalism and efforts,” the EU NAVFOR Somalia Commander Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri said when […]

  • 11 December 2018

    The European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) celebrated ten years of maritime operations on December 8. Commanded from its military HQ in Northwood, London, the European Union Naval Force was officially launched on December 8, 2008. Codenamed Operation Atalanta, it is a naval force generated by EU Member States working collectively, in support of UN […]