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  • 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. […]

  • 23 January 2012
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The chief of naval operations (CNO) appeared on local Fox affiliate television station KHON2’s Wake Up 2day morning show in Honolulu, Jan. 19. CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert talked to news anchor Olena Heu about the strategic importance of Hawaii and the Pacific region. “Hawaii is really the gateway to the western Pacific,” said Greenert. “Here […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 7 January 2014

    Canadian Ship HMCS Regina departed Esquimalt on Monday, January 6th to join Operation ARTEMIS. Operation ARTEMIS represents Canadian participation in maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea, which demonstrates the country’s solidarity with its allies in working together to ensure peace and security of the greater Middle East region. The ship will replace […]

  • 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 […]

  • 8 February 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus departed Falmouth Docks and started a busy training programme on January 23 under the command of Captain Peter N Selby.  Having completed a scheduled maintenance period (SMP) at A & P Falmouth, she began deck landing training (DLT) with 845 Squadron right away. On the 25th of January she topped […]

  • 26 November 2015
    Authorities

    290 migrants were rescued at sea from three dinghies off the coast of Lybia on November 24. With the contribution of the Spanish aircraft Cisne10 Orion P3, that spotted one of the dinghies during a patrol and surveillance flight, the German supply ship FGS Berlin and the British frigate HMS Enterprise saved respectively 236 and […]

  • 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. […]

  • 23 October 2015
    Authorities

    Portuguese naval vessels worked with Portuguese Air Force and other maritime services to rescue 14 crew members from a fishing vessel. The agencies coordinated during the early hours of Oct 23, to save the people aboard the fishing vessel Segredos do Mar, which sank three miles from the port of Sesimbra, Portugal. Another fishing vessel, Jonas David, informed the […]

  • 21 January 2019
    Authorities

    The Royal Navy announced it would be staging a number of events to mark the 50th anniversary of nuclear deterrent patrols performed by Royal Navy submarines. Patrols carried out as part of operation Resolute are the longest operation ever carried out by the UK armed forces. Since April 1969 there has always been one submarine from […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 23 August 2019
    Authorities

    The US Navy welcomed its new Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard on August 22, as Adm. Mike Gilday took over from Adm. John Richardson. Gilday became the 32nd CNO, as a three-star, and became admiral upon assuming his role as the US Navy’s most senior officer. The […]

  • 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 […]

  • 7 March 2016
    Authorities

    U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) arrived in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations to begin conducting counter illicit trafficking operations in support of Operation Martillo, March 2. Operation Martillo (Spanish for “hammer”) is a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner-nation effort launched in January 2012 targeting illicit trafficking routes […]

  • 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 […]

  • 20 June 2012
    Training & Education

    The Dutch contribution to NATO’s counterpiracy operation Ocean Shield is to be expanded. A second helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle for reconnaissance will give an impulse to intelligence-gathering in particular. A submarine will once again also be deployed for this task. Although the House of Representatives had previously declared the expansion of EU operation […]

  • 13 February 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Spanish Navy’s amphibious assault ship ESPS Galicia departed the navy base Rota to join the European Union counter-piracy operation Atalanta in the Indian Ocean. Galicia will serve as the operation’s flagship hosting Spanish Navy Rear-Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado and his staff. This is the fourth time the Galicia (L-51) participates in the 2008-initiated counter-piracy operation and the second […]

  • 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 […]

  • 31 August 2016
    Training & Education

    Representatives from Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River and construction contractor G-W Management Services officially broke ground on a new operations center for NAWCAD’s Atlantic Test Ranges (ATR) Aug. 24. The project will enhance ATR’s ability to support simultaneous test operations for current and future naval aviation programs, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]