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The new trimaran Bajamar Expess of the Fred Olsen Express commercial ferry company traveling from Australia towards the Canary Islands requested support of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta for the transit through the International Recommended Transit Corridor.
Jul 20, 2020
ESPS frigate Santa Maria joined Operation Atalanta last month. Her mission is to protect the World Food Programme vessels and to deter, prevent and repress piracy off the coast of Somalia.
Jul 08, 2020
While Somalia is facing one of the world's biggest public health threats from COVID-19, the country is also struggling with floods in the north that have killed 24 people and are affecting over 700 000 people in 24 districts. These floods have also displaced almost 283 000 people in the area.
Jun 19, 2020
One of the underlining causes of piracy in Somalia is its very fragile economy. Somalia has the longest coastline in Africa and one of the world most untapped marine resources. The 3300 kms of fertile fishing grounds could be the key to transform the economy of this otherwise arid country.
Jun 17, 2020
“ATALANTA is an outstanding example of the maritime multilateralism required by the EU Maritime Security Strategy.”
Jan 29, 2020
"Puntland authorities and Operation ATALANTA are working together for the common good." Commodore Jose Antonio Vizinha Mirones
Jan 23, 2020
Salalah, 21 January, 2020—This week, personnel on board EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA's ESPS Victoria carried out two days of exercises with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) on board the Japanese Ship (JS) Harusame.
Jan 21, 2020
"ATALANTA shows that Europe can deliver strategic effects in the Horn of Africa region, and the operation is very successful in tackling maritime dimension security risks." Rear Admiral (L.H.) Abry Operation ATALANTA Deputy Commander
Jan 21, 2020
“It has been a privilege to finish my military career working for Operation ATALANTA. My 7 months with this operation will not be easily forgotten."
Jan 17, 2020
Rota, 13 January 2019—EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA has sadly learned of the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of the Sultanate of Oman.
Jan 13, 2020
“EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA is eager to contribute to the unity of effort of the European Union in Somalia."
Jan 09, 2020
10 December 2019—In a visit to Djibouti this past week, new Operation ATALANTA Force Commander Commodore José António Vizinha Mirones (Portuguese Navy) met with various key leaders and partners for the first time since taking command on 03 December.
Dec 11, 2019