EU, Japan Boost Anti-Piracy Cooperation

Japanese MSDF and EU NAVFOR working together.

EU, Japan Boost Anti-Piracy Cooperation

Japan and the European Union are strengthening anti-piracy cooperation in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia to reduce the number of pirate attacks on commercial vessels.

Their joint operation had helped an international mission to reduce piracy incidents from 174 in 2011 to just two last year, Japan’s Jiji Press news agency reported.

The first operation took place in January 2014 when EU naval forces and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) troops teamed up to capture a pirate ship.

MSDF destroyer Samidare initially received information about a commercial ship coming under attack in the Gulf of Aden.

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