EUNAVFOR

EU Naval Force - Somalia
Operation ATALANTA

COUNTERING PIRACY

OFF THE COAST OF SOMALIA

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 .

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Disrupt Piracy

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The European Union Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR) - Operation ATALANTA was launched on 8th December 2008 in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions to deter, prevent and repress piracy and to protect vulnerable vessels and humanitarian shipments off the coast of Somalia. Since its inception in 2008, the mandate of Operation ATALANTA has constantly been adapted to reflect the situation at sea and support the EU Integrated Approach to Somalia and the Horn of Africa.

The Operational Headquarters of EU NAVFOR Somalia is located in Rota (Spain). Through its organic Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa – MSCHOA, located in Brest (France), the operation maintains a close relationship with the shipping industry, provides advice and assistance to seafarers and monitors vessels operating in the Indian Ocean, thus enabling a military response in concert with UKMTO and international military actors to piracy events.

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KEY FACTS AND FIGURES

currently held by pirates

Vessels Held1 Hostages Held2
0 0

since 2009

wfp vessels protected 1,598
amisom vessels protected 704
tonnes of food/aid delivered by WFP 2,276,6373
pirates transfered to competent authorities with a view to their prosecution total
171
remanded
5
convicted
145
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
suspicious events 8 59 99 166 74 20 5 1 2 6 4 5 3
total attacks 24 163 174 176 34 7 2 0 1 7 2 1 0
of which pirated4 14 46 47 25 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
disruptions5 0 14 65 28 16 10 1 0 0 2 0 1 0
  1. Plus an unknown number of unreported/unconfirmed dhows and smaller vessels.
  2. Estimated.
  3. Reported metric tonnes of food/aid delivered to Somali ports by World Food Programme shipping protected by EU NAVFOR.
  4. TOTAL ATTACK is the combined number of all attacks mounted by suspect pirates; those repelled/aborted and those leading to ships being in pirate hands and crews taken hostage.
  5. An action that renders a pirate group incapable of further pirate operation.

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