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  • 29 July 2015

    Colombian Navy warship, ARC 7 de Agosto, recently completed sea trials with the Spanish Navy prior to her collaboration with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia. Conducted at the Spanish Navy Combat at Sea Centre in south western Spain, the sea training ensured that ARC 7 de Agosto was ready to deploy to the […]

  • 27 April 2016
    Training & Education

    During a recent port visit to Oman, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Kaack, invited the Commander of the Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, Rear Admiral Cheong Kwok Chien, on board the EU Naval Force (Somalia) flagship, FGS Bayern. Rear Admiral Cheong was in Salalah visiting CTF 151’s Japanese units, JS Yuudachi and JS Yuugiri. […]

  • 30 April 2018
    Authorities

    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 July 2016
    Training & Education

    Operation Atalanta’s warships are deployed off the coast of Somalia to ensure that the pirate attacks that terrorized seafarers in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden for a number of years are not allowed to resurge. In order to ensure that the EU NAVFOR warships are able to maintain their counter-piracy patrols for longer […]

  • 29 July 2015

    Spanish warship, ESPS Galicia, recently reached the halfway point in her deployment as the flagship for Operation Atalanta. Since joining the Operation in May 2015, ESPS Galicia has sailed over 15,000 nautical miles, conducting counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden and Somali basin, as well as assisting naval forces from the Seychelles and Tanzania […]

  • 14 December 2016
    Training & Education

    This week the European Union is marking eight years since it launched its first ever maritime military operation, EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta, in response to a surge in armed pirate attacks on merchant ships and other vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. Back in 2008, increasingly violent attacks by armed […]

  • 15 May 2015
    Authorities

    The Spanish Minister of Defence, Mr Pedro Morenés, was the guest of honour during Operation Atalanta’s Force Headquarters Change of Command ceremony that was held on board Dutch flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt, on Wednesday 6 May 2015 in Djibouti. At the ceremony Spain took Force Command of the Force Headquarters from Sweden. Once the […]

  • 29 July 2016
    Authorities

    On Friday 29 July 2016 Rear Admiral Jonas Wikstrӧm (Swedish Navy) handed over the role of Deputy Operation Commander (DCOM) of the European Union’s counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia to Rear Admiral Cristobal Gonzalez-Aller (Spanish Navy). The handover took place at the operational Headquarters (OHQ) in Northwood, London. Rear Admiral Wikstrӧm joined the […]

  • 27 October 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Five warships, currently deployed as part of Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia, recently met in the Gulf of Aden. Operation Atalanta’s flagship, ITS Carabiniere, was joined by Spanish warships, ESPS Victoria and ESPS Meteoro, Dutch warship HNLMS Groningen, and German warship, FGS Erfurt on Friday, October 23. The ships came together in a close-formation […]

  • 9 March 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Dutch naval vessels will not participate in the European Union’s counter-piracy operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia this year. This was stated in a letter sent by Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, the country’s Minister of Defense, to the lower house of the Dutch parliament on March 7. Problems with the patrol vessels, personnel shortages and other […]

  • 31 July 2015
    Training & Education

    On 25 July 2015, staff from Operation Atalanta Force Headquarters visited the Japanese Detachment of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 in Djibouti. Led by the Force HQ Chief of Staff, Captain Jens Nykvist, the meeting was hosted by Captain Masahisa Motomura, Commanding Officer of the Deployment Air-Force for counter-piracy Enforcement of the Japanese Self-Defence Force. […]

  • 22 January 2016
    Authorities

    German Navy Rear Admiral Christophe Mueller-Meinhard has handed over the role of Deputy Commander (DCOM) of the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta, to Rear Admiral Jonas Wikstrӧm of the Swedish Royal Navy. The handover took place at the EU Naval Forces’ Operational Headquarters (OHQ) in Northwood, London. Following the handover, […]

  • 16 October 2015
    Authorities

    Dutch warship, HNLMS Groningen, reached the halfway point in her deployment on Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday, October 14. To mark the event, the ship’s commanding officer, Commander Walter Hansen, and the youngest sailor on board cut in half a long piece of wood that had photographs attached showing the key […]

  • 21 October 2015
    Authorities

    On Tuesday 20 October 2015, Operation Atalanta’s new flagship, ITS Carabiniere, was visited by the Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE. Major General Smith, together with the officer in charge of the Support Element Atalanta (SEA) based in Djibouti, Commander Philippe Dezoteux, was hosted on board ITS Carabiniere by the Force Commander, Rear Admiral […]

  • 11 January 2016

    Last week in the Gulf of Aden, Operation Atalanta’s flagship ITS Carabiniere and Spanish warship ESPS Victoria met with USNS Laramie and carried out a combined replenishment at sea (RAS). The two warships positioned themselves at the same time on either side of the USNS oiler, in order to receive fuel to enable them to continue […]

  • 11 November 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Spanish warship ESPS Victoria, part of Operation Atalanta, carried out counter-piracy training with the Seychelles Air Force on November 7, 2015. The first training exercise saw ESPS Victoria acting as a merchant vessel that was under attack from pirates. The pirates were in fact some of the Spanish crew on board one of their fast rigid […]

  • 9 April 2014

    On Monday 7 April the German tanker Rhön arrived in the port of Djibouti to join the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta.   The tanker under the command of Captain Egon Rhauderwiek will provide regular replenishment support to the EU Naval Force warships and other international forces conducting counter piracy operations […]

  • 17 March 2014
    Training & Education

    On 13 March 2014, EU Naval Force warship, ESPS Tornado departed Operation Atalanta’s patrol areas off the Somali coast after completing 105 days and is now heading for her home port of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.   As the ship set a navigation course for Spain, the Rear Admiral Bléjean, who is the Force […]

  • 9 February 2016
    Authorities

    Images: EUNAVFOR 2016 Spanish Navy frigate ESPS Victoria on February 6 left EUNAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta after four months of counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean. Led by Commander Fernando José Suarez Fonseca, the ship’s crew contributed to Operation Atalanta which deters and disrupts piracy to ensure the freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean. ESPS […]

  • 9 October 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Spanish warship, ESPS Victoria, has joined Operation Atalanta, the European Union’s counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia. She departed her home port in Spain on September 10. ESPS Victoria is a Santa María class frigate. Built in Spain, her design is based on the US Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates, which were designed to act […]

  • 3 September 2015

    On Tuesday 1st September 2015, Spanish warship, ESPS Meteoro, joined Operation Atalanta off the Coast of Somalia for the second time. ESPS Meteoro left her home port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands at the beginning of August to start her three month deployment with the EU’s counter-piracy operation. Under the command of Lieutenant […]

  • 23 January 2015
    Authorities

    The role of Deputy Operation Commander (DCOM) of the European Union Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta was handed over today. After five months, Brigadier General Dick Swijgman (Royal Netherlands Marine Corps) transferred his duties to Rear Admiral Paolo Pezzutti (Italian Navy). The handover took place at the Operational Headquarters (OHQ) in Northwood, London. [mappress […]

  • 12 August 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    On Saturday 8th August 2015, Colombian warship, ARC 7 de Agosto, arrived in the Gulf of Aden to start her counter-piracy operations in close collaboration with Operation Atalanta. Commanded by Captain Darwin Alberto Alonso Torres, ARC 7 de Agosto has a Spanish Navy liaison team on board to help co-ordinate the day to day operations […]

  • 26 November 2015
    Authorities

    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 […]

  • 8 January 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri met the Commander of the Japanese Escort Division 3 on board JDS Suzunami on Wednesday, January 6, 2015.  Rear Admiral Barbieri and members of his force headquarters were warmly welcomed on board by the Commander of the Japanese Task Group, Captain Yoshioka, and by the Commanding Officer […]

  • 4 May 2016
    Authorities

    Spanish Navy frigate Santa María (F-81) set sail from Rota Naval Base to integrate into the EU-led counter-piracy Operation Atalanta in the Indian Ocean until the end of September. The farewell ceremony was presided over by Commander 41st Escort Squadron, Captain Ramón Godín. Operation Atalanta is a European Union undertaking which commenced in December 2008. Its […]

  • 4 April 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Spanish Navy’s ESPS Meteoro is joining the European Union Naval Force’s (EUNAVFOR) Operation Atalanta in the Indian Ocean. The offshore patrol vessel departed the Military Arsenal of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on April 1, 2018, the navy informed. As explained, the deployment of Meteoro is part of the country’s efforts to maintain security in […]

  • 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 […]

  • 18 January 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Spanish Navy frigate ESPS Victoria, currently deployed in operation Atalanta, visited a total of 30 craft off the coast of Somalia during the second week of January. These endeavors were part of the European Union mission, and are intended to ascertain that piracy in the area is fully under control. During the seven days that […]