EU NAVFOR 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 2014 and has the following objectives:
- Protect vessels of the World Food Programme, Humanitarian aid and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) shipping.
- Help deter, prevent and repress acts of piracy and armed robbery.
- Protect vulnerable shipping
- Monitor fishing activities off the coast of Somalia
The Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSC-HOA) is an initiative established by EU NAVFOR with close co-operation from industry. The MSC-HOA centre provides 24 hour manned monitoring of vessels transiting through the Gulf of Aden and communicate the latest anti-piracy guidance to industry and for Shipping Companies and operators to register their movements through the region.
See whichs vessels and aircraft currently make up the EU NAVFOR task force in the Indian Ocean.
Click here for information about the Operation Commander, Admiral Duncan Potts, and the rest of the Command group.