EU NAVFOR crews helping AMISOM Marine unit protect Somali watersMay 9, 2018 - 13:48
On May 7th crew members from ITS Margottini continued the regional cooperation EU NAVFOR has established with the AMISOM Marine unit off the coast of Mogadishu.
Following on from several interactions last year, Margottini’s Italian crew took up the opportunity to patrol local waters off the coast of Mogadishu with the AMISOM unit. Not only did the two Marine units conduct coordinated boat drills, they also exchanged training and ideas on boat safety, maintenance and sea survival.
This work is vital in understanding the capabilities of local forces and for EU NAVFOR to see first-hand what needs to be done, in order to develop Somali maritime capabilities and for local law enforcement agencies to protect their own waters and fishermen along the vast Somali coastline.
Maritime training with regional partners, such as AMISOM, is an extremely important aspect of Operation Atalanta’s work to deter piracy off the coast of Somalia. The aim is to strengthen cooperation and increase the capability and capacity of regional maritime forces to help seafarers stay safe during their transits across the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.
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