Operation Atalanta Warship ITS Euro Escorts World Food Programme VesselAugust 24, 2016 - 14:53
Protecting potentially vulnerable vessels from piracy off the coast of Somalia is one of Operation Atalanta’s key tasks. Italian warship, ITS Euro, recently escorted World Food Programme (WFP) ship MV Antaios as she transited through the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden carrying precious food-aid. Since Operation Atalanta began in 2008, 385 WFP chartered vessels […]
Force Commander Visits Support Elements in DjiboutiAugust 24, 2016 - 10:03
Whilst on a recent visit to Djibouti, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx, paid a visit to the German National Support Element (NSE) and Support Element Atalanta (SEA). Both provide crucial logistical support to the counter-piracy operation. SEA liaises closely with Atalanta’s sea assets and provides enormous support, taking on a variety of tasks which […]
Japanese Counter-Piracy Sailors Visit Operation Atalanta FlagshipAugust 22, 2016 - 17:16
On 21 August 2016, Japanese officers from Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 visited Operation Atalanta Flagship, HNLMS Tromp, for a meeting with the Force Commander, Commodore Luyckx. CTF151 works closely with Op Atalanta. It is the counter-piracy task force of Combined Maritime Forces, Bahrain. Captain Minami, Commander of CTF151’s Escort Division 4, was accompanied on […]
Spanish Marines Training Ensures they are Always Ready to Deter Pirate Attacks at SeaAugust 21, 2016 - 12:00
ESPS Santa Maria is currently deployed with Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean as part of Spain’s contribution to the European Union’s efforts to ensure piracy remains suppressed off the coast of Somalia. To ensure the Spanish marines on board remain fully prepared to protect World Food Programme vessels carrying humanitarian […]
ABOUT USThe European Union Naval Force (Op Atalanta) Somalia - Operation Atalanta was launched on 8 December 2008 and is conducted in accordance with United Nations Security Council's resolutions. The Operation has been extended by the European Council until December 2016 and has the following objectives:
- Protects vessels of the World Food Programme (WFP) and other vulnerable shipping.
- Deters and disrupts piracy and armed robbery at sea.
- Monitors fishing activities off the coast of Somalia.
- Supports other EU missions and international organisations working to strengthen maritime security and capacity in the region.
So far in 2016 there have been no piracy incidents.
currently held by pirates
|Vessels Held1||Hostages Held2|
|wfp vessels protected||382|
|amisom vessels protected||130|
|tonnes of food/aid delivered by WFP||1,162,4963|
|pirates transfered to competent authorities with a view to their prosecution||total
|of which pirated4||14||46||47||25||4||0||0||0|
- Plus an unknown number of unreported/unconfirmed dhows and smaller vessels.
- Reported metric tonnes of food/aid delivered to Somali ports by World Food Programme shipping protected by EU NAVFOR.
- TOTAL ATTACK is the combined number of all attacks mounted by suspect pirates; those repelled/aborted and those leading to ships being in pirate hands and crews taken hostage.
- An action that renders a pirate group incapable of further pirate operation.