Germany Assumes Force Command of Operation Atalanta off the Coast of Somalia from ItalyMarch 24, 2016 - 11:34
On Wednesday 23 March Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri (Italian Navy) handed over Force Command of the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta to Rear Admiral Jan Kaack (German Navy).
Rear Admiral Kaack will command the EU Naval Force Somalia from his flaghsip, FGS Bayern for five months.
Speaking about his new command, Rear Admiral Kaack stated: “I am proud to take Force Command of Operation Atalanta today. Whilst there have been no successful acts of piracy recently, this does not mean that the threat from piracy has gone away. We must remain vigilant and continue to work together to ensure that the pirates are not given the opportunity to get out to sea and attack merchant ships and their crews for ransom. I wish Rear Admiral Barbieri and his crew a safe journey home to their families.”
Operation Atalanta’s main tasks are: to protect merchant vessels carrying World Food Programme (WFP) humanitarian aid for the Somali people from pirate attack, deter acts of piracy and monitor fishing activity off the coast of Somalia. When requested to do so, and within means and capabilities, EU Naval Force warships also support other EU missions and international organisations, such as the UN, that are working to strengthen maritime security and capacity in the region.
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EU NAVFOR Spanish Flagship ESPS Galicia Prevents Merchant Ship MT Costina from Being Pirated by Armed Men off East Coast of Somalia
EU NAVFOR: waxaa loobahan yahay in laxoojiya foojignaanta bada sifiican, Sababtoo ah doon xamuul ah oo hindi ah laga,afduubay xeebt Somaliya
Crew from Freed Fuel Tanker Aris 13 Welcome Reassurance Visit by French Navy Sailors from EU Naval Force Operation Atalanta Frigate FS Courbet
Spain Proud to Assume Force Command of the European Union’s Counter-Piracy Operation Atalanta off the Coast of Somalia