EU NAVFOR warship SPS INFANTA CRISTINA shares knowledge in SalalahNovember 28, 2010 - 09:54
While on Port Visit in Salalah (Oman), the Commanding Officer of the EU NAVFOR Spanish ship SPS INFANTA CRISTINA paid a call onboard the Cruise Ship SEABOURN SPIRIT, moored in Salalah for a short stopover, in order to share knowledge and experiences about the piracy threat in the area.
This visit by the Commanding Officer of an EU NAVFOR unit was very welcomed by the cruise liner’s executive officer, who stated he really appreciated the presence of the EU assets in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin.
In November 2005, the luxury liner was unsuccessfully attacked by a Pirate Action Group (PAG) comprising two skiffs and one mothership. The vessel eventually managed to escape pirating thanks to the use of a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD).
The Commanding Officer of the EU NAVFOR SPS INFANTA CRISTINA later met with the Senior Operations Manager of the Port of Salalah, in order to provide him with an update of the EU NAVFOR activities. The Port Authorities showed a highly cooperative posture in favour of advising vessels to implement Best Management Practices (BMP).
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