EU NAVFOR welcomes the French Frigate NIVOSEMarch 4, 2011 - 14:50
Commanded by Commander Dard, the ship and its crew are fully prepared and trained to take an active part within EU NAVFOR and in all counter piracy operations. It is the second time that FS NIVOSE has taken part in Operation ATALANTA. The warship is equipped with extensive self defence measures and is equipped with a Panther helicopter.
As a flexible warship, FS NIVOSE is perfectly adapted to counter-piracy missions and will improve the capability of EUNAVFOR.
F-732 NIVOSE holds 102 crew members, including 14 officers. She has been commissioned for service in the French Navy since 1992. The displacement is 2.600 tons and she has a length of 94 meters.
EUNAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Program (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). EUNAVFOR also protects vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, deters and disrupts piracy. EUNAVFOR finally monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.
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