Visit by Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, Deputy for Foreign Policy Coordination, Indonesian Ministry for Politics, Law and Security AffairsAugust 26, 2011 - 12:41
On August 24th, Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, Deputy for Foreign Policy Coordination in the Indonesian Ministry for Politics, Law and Security Affairs, accompanied by Admiral Tri Yuswoyo, Head of the Centre for Law and Maritime Security Cooperation, visited the EU NAVFOR Operation Headquarters as part of a visit to the Northwood HQ, to discuss areas of mutual interest.
Rear Admiral Christian Canova, Deputy Operation Commander EU Naval Force, hosted the meeting where the successful EU NAVFOR mission to escort WFP food-aid chartered merchant vessels into Somalia was briefed as part of a wider discussion of counter-piracy off the Horn of Africa.
Admiral Canova said “The state of famine declared in Somalia has focussed more than ever our attention on the escort of WFP and AMISOM vessels in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin but this doesn’t mean that Operation ATALANTA was distracted by its Counter Piracy mission. Therefore, in coordination with NATO, CMF and national actors such as Indonesia we are planning carefully and monitoring closely the situation ashore before the post monsoon period when the acts of piracy are likely to increase”.
Ambassador Riphat thanked Admiral Canova and EUNAVFOR Somalia for providing Indonesian Naval Forces with good intelligence and preparation on counter-piracy before the forthcoming deployment of Indonesian Frigates in the Spring of 2012. He commented that security of shipping in the Indian Ocean is paramount for his country and the EU because the volume of trade between Indonesia and the European Union was estimated to be worth in excess of $22 billion per annum. Following a briefing in the ATALANTA Joint Operation Centre, Ambassador Riphat and Admiral Tri Yuswoyo proposed to Admiral Canova that there would be significant advantage in an exchange of operational level counter-piracy procedures between the Operation Centre in the Malacca Straits and the Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA).
AMISOM AND SMPU TRAINING WITH EU TEAM
AUTONOMOUS VESSEL PROTECTION DETACHMENTS SUPPORTING THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME
EU NAVFOR 31ST FORCE HEADQUARTERS READY FOR DUTY
US NAVY SUPPORTS EU NAVFOR WITH REPLENISHMENT AT SEA
EU NAVFOR WARSHIPS AND AIRCRAFT DOING MORE TOGETHER
EU NAVFOR: waxaa loobahan yahay in laxoojiya foojignaanta bada sifiican, Sababtoo ah doon xamuul ah oo hindi ah laga,afduubay xeebt Somaliya