EUNAVFOR

COUNTERING PIRACY

OFF THE COAST OF SOMALIA

Forces of Operation Atalanta deter, prevent and repress acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast. EU Naval Force protects vessels of the World Food Programme (WFP) delivering aid to displaced persons in Somalia .

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The 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.

For more information about our mission, our deployed units and chain of command please visit the link below. In this section there is also information about the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa.

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Disrupt Piracy

ABOUT US

The 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.
For more information about our mission, our deployed units and chain of command please visit the link below. In this section there is also information about the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa. Read more
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KEY FACTS AND FIGURES

So far in 2016 there have been no piracy incidents.

currently held by pirates

Vessels Held1 Hostages Held2
0 26

since 2009

wfp vessels protected 373
amisom vessels protected 128
tonnes of food/aid delivered by WFP 1,098,0043
pirates transfered to competent authorities with a view to their prosecution total
155
remanded
17
convicted
127
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
suspicious events 8 59 99 166 74 20 5 1
total attacks 24 163 174 176 35 7 2 0
of which pirated4 14 46 47 25 4 0 0 0
disruptions5 0 14 65 28 16 10 1 0
  1. Plus an unknown number of unreported/unconfirmed dhows and smaller vessels.
  2. Estimated.
  3. Reported metric tonnes of food/aid delivered to Somali ports by World Food Programme shipping protected by EU NAVFOR.
  4. 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.
  5. An action that renders a pirate group incapable of further pirate operation.

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