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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 6 April 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, German Navy Rear Admiral Jan Kaack, visited the Spanish warship, ESPS Tornado, in the Gulf of Aden on April 3. The visit was possible as the Operation Atalanta warships were both conducting counter-piracy maneuvers in the region. After a short flight in ESPS Tornado’s Seahawk helicopter from FGS Bayern, the Force Commander was […]

  • 2 December 2015

    Spanish Navy frigate ESPS Victoria, integrated into the counter-piracy operation Atalanta in the Indian Ocean, assisted a fishing boat off the coast of Somalia on November 29. The ship was informed that the boat was running out of fuel and water. The rough weather prevented the use of the warship’s RHIBs and the Commanding Officer […]

  • 11 February 2016

    German corvette FGS Erfurt which has been deployed to EUNAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta at the Horn of Africa since August 2015 recently welcomed a new crew. The corvette sailed 22.000 sea miles under the command of the outgoing Corvette Captain Robert Schmidt. Now, the crew of another corvette, the FGS Oldenburg, will be taking over under the command of […]

  • 29 November 2016

    The European Council extended operation Atalanta’s mandate to deter, disrupt and repress acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia until 31 December 2018. Operation Atalanta’s two-year mandate extension comes amidst concerns within European Union member states that whilst pirate attacks on merchant ships transiting the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean are currently suppressed, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 27 May 2016

    In a close cooperation with EU’s counter-piracy operational headquarters, Chinese Navy warship CNS Xiangtan escorted World Food Programme vessel, Evangelia L, to the port of Berbera, Somaliland. Evangelia L had been chartered by the WFP to carry humanitarian aid to the Somali port. After phone calls between the EU’s OHQ and Chinese naval authorities, it was agreed […]

  • 18 May 2016

    The EU Political and Security Committee on May 18 appointed Brigadier Robert Magowan, an officer from the British Royal Marines, as Operation Commander for the EU Naval Force Somalia, Operation Atalanta. Brigadier Magowan is taking the place of Major General Martin Smith. He is expected to take up his duties on June 3, 2016. The Operation Atalanta […]

  • 8 November 2017

    Warships and other assets deployed to the EU NAVFOR operation Atalanta received a new commander during a ceremony held in Brussels, November 7. Major General Rob Magowan CBE handed over command to Major General Charlie Stickland OBE after 17 months in charge. Over the last 17 months Major General Magowan, as operation commander has overseen […]

  • 19 January 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    During the recent port visit to Djibouti, Operation Atalanta warships ITS Carabiniere and FGS Erfurt carried out maritime training alongside their colleagues from the Djiboutian Navy. The training was designed to mimic intense firefighting situations and the Djiboutian Navy trainees conducted a series of damage control exercises and firefighting procedures. Operation Atalanta warships regularly engage […]

  • 27 February 2012

    ESPS INFANTA ELENA, a Descubierta class corvette, joins the EUNAVFOR operation ATALANTA today, 27 February. ESPS INFANTA ELENA, commissioned into the Spanish Navy in April 1980 is a patrol ship of 1200 tonnes. The Spanish ship joins OP ATALANTA operations with the mission to protect vulnerable shipping and World Food Programme vessels, in addition to […]

  • 7 September 2012

    The Northwood Headquarters of the European Union Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta welcomed the Swedish Minister of Defence HE Karin Enstrom for a visit on Thursday 06 September. Met by Rear Admiral Gualtiero Mattesi, Deputy Commander Op Atalanta and Chief of Staff Captain Phil Haslam, HE Enstrom received an up to date briefing on […]

  • 10 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Operation Atalanta warships are on patrol around the clock off the coast of Somalia to keep the seas safe from piracy attack. Ensuring the ships remain topped up with fuel is a logistical feat in the waters of the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, with opportunities for replenishment at sea (RAS) taken wherever possible. […]

  • 4 March 2016

    Italian Navy frigate ITS Carabiniere was presented with a UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) award for the protection it provided to an UNFAO vessel as it deployed Fishing Aggregation Devices (FADs). The Operation Atalanta flagship ITS Carabiniere was on a port visit to Dar es Salaam when the Deputy Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jonas Wikström presented the award to […]

  • 2 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Images: EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta warships met with their Chinese counterparts in the Indian Ocean to conduct joint training on February 27. Main focus of the training were air operations with the ships’ embarked helicopters. The Chinese ships, tanker CNS Taihu and frigate CNS Daquing, also conducted a joint replenishment at sea with Atalanta warships ESPS Tornado […]

  • 29 January 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Italian Navy divers from the Gruppo Operativo Subacqueo (GOS) who are currently embarked on Operation Atalanta’s flagship, ITS Carabiniere, carried out regular diving training with the aim of maintaining a regular state of readiness. Normally based in La Spezia, Italy, the GOS are specialized in explosive ordnance disposal. They also conduct regular underwater inspections on ships’ hulls […]

  • 2 October 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Sailors from the Royal Netherlands Navy’s landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam carried out a local maritime capacity building (LMCB) exercise with Seychelles military personnel. The activity took place on September 25 and 26 and was part of the ship’s regular EU NAVFOR activities. The LMCB focused on boarding operations and evidence gathering with the Seychelles Air […]

  • 25 March 2016

    German Navy Rear Admiral Jan Kaack took over the role of the Force Commander of EUNAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta from the Italian Navy Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri on March 23. Rear Admiral Kaack will command the EU Naval Force Somalia from his flaghsip, FGS Bayern for five months. Speaking about his new command, Rear Admiral Kaack stated: […]

  • 30 April 2018

    Germany has decided to continue its campaign against piracy in the Horn of Africa, the Federal Government said in a statement.  Specifically, Federal Armed Forces has extended the participation of the German Navy in the EU-led Operation Atalanta by May 31, 2019. As informed, Germany’s involvement will remain unchanged with a maximum of 600 officers. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 15 April 2016

    Germany Navy tanker FGS Spessart will depart Wilhelmshaven, Germany on April 18 to join EUNAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta at the Horn of Africa. The Rhön-class tanker has just completed a planned harbor phase in Wilhelmshaven. The works on the ship have been concluded on schedule and the ship will deploy to the mission directly from Wilhelmshaven and not […]

  • 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 […]

  • 10 June 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Spanish frigate ESPS Santa Maria, currently deployed to Operation Atalanta, recently participated in an exercise with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Yuudachi and JS Yuugiri in the Gulf of Aden. The three warships sailed together in close formation and their Seahawk helicopters took the opportunity to practise cross-deck landings. In order to maintain […]

  • 30 November 2015

    Dutch warship, HNLMS Groningen, completed her three-month deployment with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia on November 27. During her deployment, HNLMS Groningen conducted counter-piracy patrols as well as joint training with Seychelles maritime forces. She also provided protection to UN FAO vessel, MV kestrel, during the deployment of Fishing Aggregating Devices (FADs) along […]

  • 24 February 2017

    Spanish Navy Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas assumed the role of force commander of the European Union’s counter-piracy operation Atalanta off the Horn of Africa. Rojas assumed command on board his flagship, ESPS Galicia, during a ceremony held in Djibouti on Friday. Djibouti is a key partner to the EU, with the busy port providing valuable […]

  • 25 February 2016

    On Saturday February 20, 2016 Operation Atalanta ships visited the Tanzanian port city Dar es Salaam. While in port, Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri, Op Atalanta Force Commander received the mission’s Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Jonas Wikström aboard the EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Carabiniere. This was the Deputy Commander’s first visit to the Force Headquarters since […]

  • 10 February 2012
    Industry news

    The La Fayette Class Frigate, FS ACONIT, will join the EUNAVFOR counter piracy Task Force on 11 February.  FS ACONIT has been in operational service with the French Navy since 1999 and has a displacement of 3,600 tons. The French ship joins OP ATALANTA operations with the mission to protect vulnerable shipping and World Food […]

  • 18 August 2016

    German Navy’s Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Bayern is set to return from the operation Atalanta on August 20 after spending almost six months off the Horn of Africa combating piracy. By leaving the mission area, the frigate has also concluded the German contribution to the mission. FGS Bayern’s place as the flagship of the mission was taken […]