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 Somalia (EU NAVFOR) - Operation ATALANTA was launched on 8th December 2008 in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions to deter, prevent and repress piracy and to protect vulnerable vessels and humanitarian shipments off the coast of Somalia. Since its inception in 2008, the mandate of Operation ATALANTA has constantly been adapted to reflect the situation at sea and support the EU Integrated Approach to Somalia and the Horn of Africa.

The Operational Headquarters of EU NAVFOR Somalia is located in Rota (Spain). Through its organic Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa – MSCHOA, located in Brest (France), the operation maintains a close relationship with the shipping industry, provides advice and assistance to seafarers and monitors vessels operating in the Indian Ocean, thus enabling a military response in concert with UKMTO and international military actors to piracy events.

Key Facts and Figures

WFP Vessels Protected
Tonnes of Food/Aid Delivered
Pirates Transferred to Competent Authorities


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European Union Naval Force - Somalia Operation Atalanta

European Union Operation HQ


Rota Naval Base, 11530,

Rota, Cadiz, SPAIN

European Union Naval Force – Maritime Operation Center

Tel: +34 956470534 (24/7)

Media Branch:

Tel: +34 956470570 (ES office hours)

Mobile: +34 661438969 (silent hours and weekends)