Press Releases

The Spanish Parliament is expected to announce the contribution of a warship to the Op ATALANTA taskforce after voting in the motion yesterday.
Jan 22, 2009
As the EU Operation gathers pace and following a recent awareness campaign among the merchant shipping community, a record number of owners and operators are now registering with the Op Atalanta Maritime Security Centre.
Jan 15, 2009
The German frigate FDS KARLSRUHE assisted a 65,000 tonne Egyptian bulk carrier in fighting off a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden yesterday morning.
Dec 27, 2008
Today the German Parliament, the “Deutscher Bundestag”, has decided on the mandate for the German participation in the EU anti-piracy mission 'Atalanta'. The mandate was agreed by a significant majority of almost 90%. The mandate allows a maximum of 1400 troops for one year.
Dec 19, 2008
The Royal Navy’s frigate HMS NORTHUMBERLAND has successfully completed the European Union’s (EU) first World Food Program (WFP) tasking today by safely escorting the MV SEMLOW from Mombasa in Kenya to the Somali port of Mogadishu.
Dec 18, 2008
The European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Anti Piracy Operation off the coast of Somalia named Op Atalanta was formally launched this morning at press conference attended by Jean Christof Belliard the EU Special Advisor on African Affairs and the Operation's Commander Rear Admiral Phillip J
Dec 09, 2008
Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), congratulated today Commodore Antonios PAPAIOANNOU of Greece who has been designated as the EU Force Commander for the EU military operation to contribute to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast, which is being planned.
Dec 02, 2008