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  • 24 April 2012

    On Wednesday 18 April, EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Spanish warship, ESPS Infanta Elena rescued 6 Sri Lankan fishermen and their fishing vessel from 7 suspected pirates. The fishing vessel had been in the hands of suspect pirates since November 2011 and was reportedly being used as a mother-ship to launch attacks against merchant shipping […]

  • 6 June 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    NATO Defence Ministers on Tuesday (3 June) decided to extend NATO’s counter-piracy operation Ocean Shield until the end of 2016.   Since August 2009, NATO ships have patrolled the waters off the Horn of Africa as part of Operation Ocean Shield. Their mission is to contribute to international efforts to fight maritime piracy and to […]

  • 29 July 2013
    Training & Education

    On Saturday 27 July, a helicopter from an EU Naval Force warship overflew the pirate controlled fishing vessel Naham 3 and was able to confirm that the fishing vessel had become detached from the sunken MV Albedo and was steaming north along the Somali coast under her own power. Latest photographs taken this morning by […]

  • 9 January 2014

    The Iranian Navy’s 28th fleet fended off a second pirate attack targeting the country’s ship in the last 24 hours, as reported by the Fars news agency on Jan. 9 citing a Navy source. The pirates aboard 8 boats were approaching another Iranian ship in the waters of the Gulf of Aden this morning trying […]

  • 27 July 2011

    Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) warship USS Anzio (CG 68), assigned as the CMF’s counter-piracy mission Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 flagship, intercepted a skiff July 22, successfully disrupting the activities of a group suspected of attempting acts of piracy. USS Anzio first heard of the suspected pirate activity after receiving a report from a merchant […]

  • 16 January 2012

    The career of a suspected pirate action group in the Indian Ocean came to an end when Royal Marines boarded their mother ship and arrested 13 modern-day buccaneers. It took a team of commandos from support ship RFA Fort Victoria – home to a British counter-piracy task force – to finally bring a halt to […]

  • 23 August 2013
    Training & Education

    Earlier yesterday, Thursday 22 September, a Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft from EU Naval Force overflew the pirate controlled fishing vessel FV Naham 3 and observed that the vessel had moved from its sea anchorage to a Somali beach in the Galmudug region. Armed men have been sighted on board FV Naham 3, however, no hostages […]

  • 13 March 2012
    Training & Education

    Pacific Fleet (PF) servicemen held joint exercise and released a civil ship “captured” by pirates in the last day of the visit to Seychelles on March 5. According to the PF task unit commander Capt 1 rank Ildar Akhmerov, Russian servicemen demonstrated anti-piracy skills to their Seychelles counterparts. The exercise was attended by servicemen of […]

  • 21 January 2014

    The French Naval Ship FS Siroco in cooperation with Japanese assets released crewmembers from a pirated dhow on January 18th. The flagship arrested five suspected pirates believed of having attacked an oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden a day earlier.   The UK Maritime Trade Operation received a call for help from the oil […]

  • 20 November 2017

    The crew of the Italian Navy frigate ITS Virginio Fasan has arrested six pirates and seized their vessels after a chase in the Southern Somali Basin over the weekend. The suspected pirates were apprehended after they attacked a 52,000 tonne container ship and a fishing vessel on November 17 and 18. According to EUNAVFOR Somalia, the […]

  • 7 February 2012
    Industry news

    Worldwide communities have shown an increased awareness of the importance of providing an outlook for ending piracy. While reflecting on challenges and learning from failures, communities are taking part in the socio-technological dialogue in which good practice becomes the intellectual backbone for defeating piracy. The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) is putting down […]

  • 5 March 2012

    EU NAFVOR warship FGS BERLIN has successfully engineered the release of an Indian flagged dhow and crew, disrupting a Pirate Action Group and destroying two attack skiffs. On 28 February 2012, EUNAVFOR Warship FGS BERLIN received a distress call from a merchant vessel reporting that they had successfully repelled a pirate attack in the Gulf […]

  • 16 May 2011

      During the morning of 13 May, the EU NAVFOR Portuguese warship NRP Vasco da Gama  successfully intercepted a Dhow which is suspected of operating as a pirate mothership. The Dhow, whose original crew were being held on board by the suspected pirates as hostages, was attempting to deploy into the Indian Ocean and was […]

  • 27 October 2011

    An arms race may develop between pirates and the shipping industry given the widespread use of security teams to prevent vessels from being hijacked, the ITF has warned. It raised the fear in a letter to the US Navy which calls for land-based assaults on pirate strongholds and a crackdown on known pirate anchorages. David […]

  • 1 February 2012

    Fourteen suspected pirates captured by a Royal Navy task force will face justice in the Seychelles. The suspects, arrested earlier this month by RFA Fort Victoria on a hijacked dhow, were handed over to local authorities when the supply ship visited the islands at the weekend. RFA Fort Victoria – part of NATO’s counter piracy […]

  • 19 November 2013

    On Monday, NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD warship UPS HETMAN SAGAIDACHNY of Ukraine boarded a skiff with seven suspected pirates aboard in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). As the Ukrainian boarding team approached, the skiff tried to escape and suspected pirates were observed throwing weapons overboard, including AK-47 assault rifles. The skiff had 16 […]

  • 15 August 2012
    Training & Education

    Counter piracy forces from the EU Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR) Operation Atalanta and NATO disrupted two pirated dhows and freed the crew taken hostage in the Gulf of Aden. On 10 August, a suspicious dhow, reportedly pirated in Bosaso – Somalia, was located off the coast of Oman by the Spanish EU NAVFOR Maritime […]

  • 23 January 2012

    EU NAVFOR warship FGS LUEBECK re-located an Indian registered dhow which had been used as pirate mother-ship involved in the attack on M/V FLINTSTONE early the same day. A Dutch Vessel Protection Detachment (VPD) stationed on the Dutch-registered civilian fall-pipe vessel had repelled the attack following a gun-fight and caused the attack skiffs to retreat […]

  • 8 January 2012

    Forces assigned to the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, rescued an Iranian fishing vessel from pirates in the northern Arabian Sea, Jan. 5. At approximately 12:30 p.m local time, an SH-60S Seahawk from guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) detected a suspected pirate skiff alongside the Iranian-flagged fishing dhow Al Molai. Simultaneously, a distress […]

  • 14 April 2017

    Somali pirates on Monday released the crew of an Indian-registered dhow which had been taken hostage on April 1 off the island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea. After the Somali Security Forces freed MV Al Kausar from captivity, the Indian Navy dispatched a warship which received and escorted the dhow to international waters on April 13. […]

  • 15 March 2016

    The Nigerian Navy returned the hijacked oil tanker MT Maximus to its owners on March 12, following a February 22 recovery of the ship. The ship, owned by UAE, was attacked by armed pirates on February 11 in the Gulf of Guinea, off Abijan, Ivory Coast. There were 18 crew members on board from India, Pakistan, […]

  • 14 April 2015

    Nigerian Navy’s Western Naval Command personnel repelled a pirate attack over the weekend. Ten suspected pirates travelling in two boats attempted to hijack a foreign product tanker MT Imas. As reported by This Day Live, the pirates, who have already boarded and took over the vessel, resisted arrest. The naval patrol boat was in the vicinity and managed to […]

  • 11 April 2013
    Industry news

    Dryad Maritime, a leading UK commercial maritime intelligence company, has welcomed the Japanese government’s plans to submit a bill to the National Diet which will permit the carriage of armed guards on Japanese-flagged vessels, but advise that a number of other precautions must also be taken. The Japan Times last week reported on Japanese government […]

  • 15 May 2011

      A Danish warship has attacked a pirate boat in Somalian waters, killing four pirates and freeing 16 Iranian hostages on board, Denmark’s nav… (abc) [mappress] Source: abc, May 15, 2011;

  • 20 February 2013

     On 19 February, HNLMS De Ruyter, has stopped the activities of a group of suspected pirates approximately 120 nautical miles east of Eyl off the coast of Somalia. Nine suspected pirates were apprehended and taken on board of the De Ruyter. The Dutch frigate that is deployed with the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) […]

  • 13 January 2012

    RFA Fort Victoria, a supply ship to the Royal Navy, has foiled an attempt by pirates to attack cargo ships in the Indian Ocean. On Tuesday, Somali pirates who have been holding Greek-owned chemical tanker Liquid Velvet to ransom since last November, attempted to sail the ship into international waters in a bid to launch […]

  • 14 May 2013

    The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, has issued a renewed warning that Somali pirates are still determined to get out to sea and, if presented with an easy target, will attack. “I am very concerned that seafarers and nations will lower their guard and support for counter piracy operations in […]

  • 12 October 2012

    Two days ago EU Naval Force flagship, ITS San Giusto stopped and apprehended a skiff with 7 suspect pirates onboard.  The EU warship, that was carrying out counter-piracy patrols as part of Operation Atalanta, had sighted the skiff carrying a ladder and up to 20 fuel drums 180 miles east of Socotra and immediately launched […]

  • 22 November 2012

    On November 21, Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand, under command of the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) worked in close co-operation with Turkish warship TCG Gemlik of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) to apprehended nine suspected pirates at sea off the coast of Somalia. In the early hours of the morning, Swedish EU NAVFOR Maritime […]