EUNAVFOR to keep pressure on pirates

Coordinated response to piracy sees reduction in incidents. 

EU naval force to keep pressure on pirates

Allan Jacob

Maritime piracy off the coast of Africa has been contained by effective patrolling and best management practices by seafarers but can be rooted out only if Somalia takes direct control of its waters, naval officials in the thick of action said on Monday.

Speaking on board the Italian destroyer Andrea Doria anchored at Port Rashid, European Union Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR) Commander Rear Admiral Guido Rando said there are plans to extend the mission for another two years to give time to Somali security forces on land and its fledgling Coast Guard, who are being trained by EUNAVFOR to combat crime along its coast, and bring stability at home.

“We cannot afford to be complacent and must continue to do what we do and share information with other naval forces like Nato and the Combined Maritime Forces for a coordinated response to piracy,” he said.

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