• Hamburg Despatches #1

    Paul Gibbins is covering the 11th Combating Piracy gathering in Hamburg for the Maritime Security Review, this first posting covers some of the highlights and key issues adressed on the opening day […]

  • Innocent Somali Crew Rescued

    On Saturday 14 April Spanish warship ESPS Reina Sofia, who is now operating as part of the EU’s counter-piracy mission, Operation Atalanta, stopped a Yemeni dhow that was suspected of […]

  • Humanitarian Aid by Sea

    During the last week EU Naval Force (NAVFOR) Spanish and French frigates have ensured that much needed humanitarian aid has been delivered safely to the people of Somalia.  From 5 […]

  • Deputy Commander EUNAVOR Visits Japanese MPA Detachment in Djibouti

    Rear Admiral Rainer Endres, Deputy Commander (DCOM) EUNAVFOR, as part of his recent visit to Djibouti to oversee the Operational Handover between the outgoing Flag Ship, ESPS PATINO (Spain) and […]

  • Another pirate group defeated by EUNAVFOR

    On the morning of 7 April, French Navy frigate ACONIT was heading towards a position in the north of the Horn of Africa to join with Spanish frigate INFANTA ELENA, […]

  • French Navy Falcon 50M relieved by maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2

    Deployed since 15 March to take part in the fight against piracy, a Falcon 50M from the French Navy has left the operation and been relieved by a maritime patrol […]

  • Shipping Industry Divided

    While some industry players have praised the European Union decision to allow EU Navfor to fight piracy on Somali soil as a “step in the right direction”, others say they […]

  • Assistance for stricken vessel

    Over the past few days EUNAVFOR warships, operating as part of the EU’s counter-piracy mission codenamed Operation ATALANTA, have provided life-saving assistance to a stricken dhow, with 12 crew and […]

  • Greece pulls out of EUNAVFOR

    Greece has recalled its warship from the European Union’s anti-piracy task force in the Indian Ocean to save money as it struggles to meet fiscal targets set by international lenders […]

  • EUNAVFOR Flagship Assists Iranian Dhow

    On 17 January 2012, following coordination with a Danish Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft operating on a search mission for pirate ships, the Spanish Combat Supply Ship SPS PATIÑO, Flagship […]