EU NAVFOR French warship destroys Pirate mother shipApril 29, 2010 - 18:25
On the afternoon of 29 April, the EU NAVFOR warship Nivose found, stopped and searched a mother ship and two supporting skiffs, some 480 nautical miles east of the Somali Coast.
The vessels were boarded and searched and they were found to have disposed of pirate paraphernalia. The 11 Somali crew of these vessels were taken on board the Nivose, as were the two attack skiffs and the mother skiff was sunk.
This action continues EU NAVFOR’s aggressive stance against piracy and the intention to interdict and disrupt pirate activity. Over 40 PAGs have been disrupted in the last 2 months showing that the new strategy is working.
EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Programme (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM and to protect vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and to deter and disrupt piracy. EU NAVFOR also monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.
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