EU NAVFOR MARKS 10 YEARS OF OPERATIONSDecember 8, 2018 - 08:27
Today is an important milestone for the EU’s Common Security & Defence Policy, as the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) celebrates ten years of maritime operations. Commanded from its military HQ in Northwood, London, the European Union Naval Force was officially launched on 8 December 2008. Codenamed ‘Operation ATALANTA’ (after the mythological Greek huntress), it is a naval force generated by EU Member States working […]
EU NAVFOR PROMOTES MARITIME SECURITY DIALOGUE IN SOMALIADecember 7, 2018 - 12:08
The Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR, Major General Charlie Stickland OBE, visited Mogadishu on 4-5 December 2018, to continue vital discussions on maritime security with the Somali Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid. The Operation Commander and Deputy Prime Minister discussed Somalia’s maritime security capabilities and priorities, as identified recently by the Federal […]
EU NAVFOR’s Deputy Commander praises the commitment of Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Soldiers serving in Djibouti.December 6, 2018 - 11:44
At the start of December, EU NAVFOR’s Deputy Operation Commander Rear Admiral Giuseppe Rapese (Italian Navy), met with the deployed personnel in Djibouti underlining the commitment the operational command has to its people. Personnel from seven different nations based at the forward logistics hub in Djibouti, including French, Spanish, British, German, Italian, Croatian and Serbian […]
EU NAVFOR completes the 29th Force Rotation in DjiboutiDecember 5, 2018 - 14:24
On Sunday 2nd December 2018 in Djibouti, EU NAVFOR’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Alfonso Pérez de Nanclares handed back command of Operation Atalanta Forces to the Operational Headquarters. The Change of Command Ceremony took place during a reception held on board ESPS Castilla on the occasion of 10 years of continued presence of EU NAVFOR […]
ABOUT USThe 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 2020 and has the following objectives:
- Protects vessels of the World Food Programme (WFP) and other vulnerable shipping.
- Deters, prevents and represses 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.
currently held by pirates
|Vessels Held1||Hostages Held2|
|wfp vessels protected||447|
|amisom vessels protected||139|
|tonnes of food/aid delivered by WFP||1,797,0183|
|pirates transfered to competent authorities with a view to their prosecution||total
|of which pirated4||14||46||47||25||4||0||0||0||0||2||0|
- Plus an unknown number of unreported/unconfirmed dhows and smaller vessels.
- Reported metric tonnes of food/aid delivered to Somali ports by World Food Programme shipping protected by EU NAVFOR.
- 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.
- An action that renders a pirate group incapable of further pirate operation.