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 this link. In this section there is also information about the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA).

 

LEGAL FRAMEWORK

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.

EU LAW:

Council Joint Action 2008/851/CFSP of 10 November 2008 on a European Union military operation to contribute to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast

 

EU NAVFOR MANDATE VIDEO

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EU NAVFOR MANDATE VIDEO in English
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EU NAVFOR MANDATE VIDEO in Somali