EU NAVFOR Deputy Commander Welcomes Spanish Warship ESPS Rayo Back to Operation AtalantaJuly 28, 2017 - 11:31
EU NAVFOR’s Deputy Operation Commander, Rear-Admiral Alfonso Pérez de Nanclares, visited ESPS Rayo during her recent port visit to Djibouti and welcomed her back to Operation Atalanta. ESPS Rayo has deployed with EU NAVFOR on a number of occasions as part of Spain’s commitment to the European Union’s counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia. […]
Spain Hands Over Force Command to Italy During Ceremony on board ESPS Galicia in Djibouti PortJuly 27, 2017 - 13:50
On Thursday 27 July 2017 Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado (Spanish Navy) handed over force command of the EU’s counter-piracy ‘Operation Atalanta’ to Rear Admiral Fabio Gregori (Italian Navy) during a ceremony in Djibouti. EU NAVFOR’s Deputy Operation Commander, Rear-Admiral Alfonso Pérez de Nanclares (Spanish Navy), also attended the ceremony. This was ESPS Galicia’s fourth deployment […]
Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander Bids Farewell to His Force HQ and Thanks ESPS Galicia Command Team for Their SupportJuly 26, 2017 - 09:19
For the past five months Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas, together with his multinational Force HQ staff, have been aboard EU NAVFOR’s flagship, ESPS Galicia off the coast of Somalia. The Force Commander’s role is to task EU NAVFOR warships and maritime patrol aircraft in the Gulf of Aden and Indian […]
ESPS Galicia Welcomes Spanish Ambassador During Port Visit to MuscatJuly 19, 2017 - 09:53
During their recent port visit to Muscat, ESPS Galicia’s ship’s company welcomed aboard the Spanish Ambassador to Oman, His Excellency José Antonio Bordallo Huidobro. During the visit the Ambassador was given a briefing on the European Union’s counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia and Spain’s continuing commitment to Operation Atalanta, which includes the deployment […]
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 2018 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.
currently held by pirates
|Vessels Held1||Hostages Held2|
|wfp vessels protected||410|
|amisom vessels protected||139|
|tonnes of food/aid delivered by WFP||1,483,4463|
|pirates transfered to competent authorities with a view to their prosecution||total
|of which pirated4||14||46||47||25||4||0||0||0||0||2|
- 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.