EU NAVFOR strengthening ties with MadagascarSeptember 19, 2018 - 12:24
EU NAVFOR continues to encourage key partners in the region to coordinate efforts and to share information effectively about maritime security. Our Flagship ESPS Castilla and her crew have visited Madagascar to attend a series of discussions with senior leaders on how the nation is developing and the maritime challenges they currently face.
Between the 13th and 14th of September 2018, EU NAVFOR’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares and a delegation from ESPS Castilla visited Military Region Command where they met with Defence Minister, Général Béni Xavier Rasolofonirina, They then visited Antsiranana Naval Base where they met with Captain Sam Hieng Twion, here they also attended a parade.
Political and Military authorities were then invited to visit ESPS Castilla for capability briefs and discussions. The ship was honoured to host the Madagascan Prime Minster, Christian Ntsay and his delegation, along with the President of the National Assembly, Freddy Mahazoasy.
The engagements EU NAVFOR assets conduct with regional partners are a key element in strengthening maritime security in the wide area of operations that includes the Gulf of Aden and the Western Indian Ocean. Protection of vulnerable shipping, deterring and repressing piracy remains EU NAVFOR’s main priority.
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