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  • 29 June 2012

    From the 18th to 21st June 2012, EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) frigates Guépratte and Reina Sofia collaborated with USS Taylor, engaged in TF 508 (NATO) to escort World Food Programme chartered ship MV Tupi Maiden 3. The escort of WFP ship started in Salalah (Oman) and was performed by EUNAVFOR French frigate Guépratte up to […]

  • 2 June 2011

      On the morning of 26 May, the MV KHALED MUHIEDDINE K which was pirated on 20 January 2011 was released from pirate control after 126 days. The crew of 22 Syrians and 3 Egyptians are all well. EUNAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the […]

  • 6 April 2012

    EUNAVFOR – the counter piracy task force sent by the European Union to patrol the waters off the Horn of Africa, has been joined by two additional warships. The Dutch multi-role frigate HNLMS VAN AMSTEL has arrived in the area, as well as Spanish frigate ESPS REINA SOFIA.  Both ships have helicopters embarked that are […]

  • 20 May 2015

    The EU Council has agreed to establish EUNAVFOR Med, a military operation to break the business model of smugglers and traffickers of people in the Mediterranean by seizing and destroying vessels used for smuggling. This decision was passed on May 18, enabling the formal start of the operational planning for the naval operation. EUNAVFOR Med will be […]

  • 9 September 2015
    Business & Finance

    Whilst Somali-based piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden is suppressed, there is no room for complacency regarding the on-going threat, the EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE, said at a breakfast meeting earlier today with senior shipping industry representatives. Major General Smith welcomed the significant reduction in pirate […]

  • 6 February 2015

    A Spanish court has convicted six Somali pirates sentencing them on sixteen years of imprisonment each. Namely, the Spanish National Court found that the defendants were guilty for an attack on a Spanish tuna boat Izurdia that took place in October 2012 off the coast of Somalia. The attack was foiled by a private security force. The next day, […]

  • 6 October 2011

      EUNAVFOR warship FGS KÖLN came to the rescue of five Somali fishermen drifting in the Indian Ocean in a broken-down fishing whaler and returned them safely to the shore. The Somali fishermen has been drifting for nine days following the breakdown of their engine and without any communication equipment available to call for help, had […]

  • 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 […]

  • 15 June 2011

      On the morning of 10 June, the EU NAVFOR German warship FGS Niedersachsen detected a suspected Pirate Action Group (PAG) whilst conducting a routine patrol in the Southern Somali Basin. The PAG, which is suspected of carrying out a number of attacks on merchant vessels in the area, consisted of a fishing dhow and […]

  • 10 February 2012

    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 […]

  • 19 August 2015

    The twenty-four crew members of the Panamanian-flagged bulker Focomar have been rescued after taking refuge on a small island west of Socotra a few days earlier. The crew abandoned their vessel in a lifeboat after MV Focomar suffered engine problems at sea early last week. The 2011-built bulker was last reported to be headed to […]

  • 27 March 2012
    Business & Finance

    On Monday 26th March one of Portugal’s largest warships, the Vasco de Gama Class frigate NRP CORTE REAL added its name to the list of EU ships (EUNAVFOR) operating in the Horn of Africa. It will set out immediately on its mission to counter piracy and protect World Food Program (WFP) shipments to Somalia. Commissioned […]

  • 19 August 2015

    The twenty-four crew members of the Panamanian-flagged bulker Focomar have been rescued after taking refuge on a small island west of Socotra a few days earlier. The crew abandoned their vessel in a lifeboat after MV Focomar suffered engine problems at sea early last week. The 2011-built bulker was last reported to be headed to […]

  • 28 November 2016

    The trade union Nautilus International has called for assurances from the UK government that the UK will remain in the European Union Naval Force (EUNavfor) counter-piracy operation following an attack on a British-registered chemical tanker off Somalia in November. The union wrote to foreign secretary Boris Johnson to call for the UK to remain a part […]

  • 9 September 2015
    Business & Finance

    Whilst Somali-based piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden is suppressed, there is no room for complacency regarding the on-going threat, the EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE, said at a breakfast meeting earlier today with senior shipping industry representatives. Major General Smith welcomed the significant reduction in pirate […]

  • 21 July 2016

    European naval forces involved in EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia have rescued 20,000 people in the Mediterranean since the start of the operation in June 2015. Among 20,000 saved lives at sea, there were 1,040 children and 19 babies. 719 migrants were saved yesterday in a joint effort of EUNAVOR MED operation Sofia’s vessels, the Spanish […]

  • 3 May 2013

    On May 2nd, members of the European Parliament Sub Committee on Security and Defence visited the Operational Headquarters of the European Union’s counter piracy mission – Operation Atalanta. The Sub Committee visitors were briefed on the role of the EU Naval Force Somalia, and given an update on the counter piracy efforts off the Horn […]

  • 20 June 2012

    During a port visit by EU Naval Force Flag Ship FS MARNE in Salalah (Oman), the EUNAVFOR Force Commander Rear Admiral Dupuis flew to Muscat on June 12 and 13 to meet Omani maritime authorities. After an initial meeting on June 11 in Salalah with the local commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, EUNAVFOR […]

  • 22 June 2015

    The European Council has officially launched the EUNAVFOR Med naval operation against human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean, with a mission to identify, capture and dispose of vessels and enabling assets used or suspected of being used by migrant smugglers or traffickers. EUNAVFOR Med will be conducted in sequential phases, with the first phase focusing on surveillance […]

  • 8 March 2012

    Over the past few days EUNAVFOR warships, operating as part of the EU’s counter-piracy mission codenamed Operation ATALANTA, have provided life-saving assistance to a stricken dhow, with 12 crew and 92 passengers onboard, including a pregnant woman and 33 children. The dhow had put out a distress signal on Friday 2 March, saying that she […]

  • 20 June 2012

    From 1 to June 14, 2012, EUNAVFOR frigate Guépratte has concentrated its patrols in the area south of the Strait of Bab el Mandeb and the western Gulf of Aden, areas prone to pirate attacks. The beginning of June usually marks the arrival of the monsoon in the Indian Ocean. It is characterized by sustained […]

  • 30 March 2012

    EU Counter Piracy Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR) have tracked down and stopped a group of suspected pirates who were believed to have tried to attack a Hong-Kong flagged tanker approximately 400 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. EU Naval Force warship FS Aconit was called to investigate after the tanker came under attack on 26 […]