Italian Frigate ITS ESPERO assists MV Ital Glamour after pirate attackMay 9, 2011 - 09:52
On the 5 May, the EU NAVFOR warship ITS ESPERO assisted the Italian Merchant Vessel ITAL GLAMOUR after it was attacked by pirates on the previous day.
The attack was performed by four armed pirates on board a skiff and was defeated due to the first-class execution of aggressive evasive steering, conducted by the vessel’s master as suggested in the industry lead Best Management Practices (BMP3).
ITS ESPERO was patrolling the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) at the time of the attack, and was quickly detached to close distance with the ITAL GLAMOUR in order to render assistance. The attack had taken place approximately 700 nautical miles east of Salalah, Oman.
During the attack, several Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) were fired by the pirates, one of which remained unexploded on board and had to be disposed of. During the afternoon of 5 May, the Italian warship’s Explosive Ordinary Devices (EOD) team was flown by helicopter onto the ITAL GLAMOUR and conducted a disposal of the unexploded round, as well as an inspection of the vessel.
After several hours, the operation was successfully completed and the merchant vessel was able to sail again safely. ITS ESPERO returned to her previous mission.
EU NAVFOR Somalia CTF-465 conducts integration activities off the Coast of Somalia for the new 37th rotation to settle in
Operation ATALANTA receives reinforcements of the shipping industry ( AZAMARA CRUISE)
Security considerations if diverting around Africa
Force Commander EU NAVFOR Somalia meets with his CMF counterpart to coordinate and de-conflict after approval on new Operation Atalanta mandate
Operation ATALANTA´s new mandate enters into force on 1st of January 2021. New tasks will reinforce the EU NAVFOR’s counter-piracy core responsibilities.
EU NAVFOR ATALANTA PROVIDES SUPPORT TO UNODC YEMEN COAST GUARD REGENERATION STRATEGY