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SPANISH NAVY HALT SUSPECT SOMALIA DHOW OFF BOSSASSO PORT
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BOSSASSO Somalia -- The flagship of the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta, ESPS Méndez Núnez, is seen after she launched her boarding team to search the Somali flagged dhow Al-Hasan which had been placed on a list of suspicious vessels after it was assessed to be related to pirate attacks on merchant vessels MV Agistri and MV Torm Kristina in the Gulf of Oman last December.

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EU Naval Force ship checks
out suspect Somalia dhow

boarding team was told by the dhow’s Master that
they had been taken hostage by seven pirates shortly
after departing the port of Bossasso last year
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BOSSASSO Somalia -- The flagship of the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta, ESPS Méndez Núnez, has conducted a boarding of a vessel of interest during a patrol in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC)

The dhow Al-Hasan had been placed on a list of suspicious vessels after it was assessed to be related to pirate attacks on merchant vessels MV Agistri and MV Torm Kristina in the Gulf of Oman last December.

On 26 February, dhow Al-Hasan was shadowed by the NATO counter-piracy ship USS Nicholas as it departed the Northern Somali port of Bossasso.

ESPS Méndez Núnez then continued to monitor the dhow until the early morning.

The flagship then launched her boarding team to search the Somali flagged dhow.

Once on board, the officer leading the boarding team was told by the dhow’s Master that they had been taken hostage by seven pirates shortly after departing the port of Bossasso last year.

The pirates then embarked one skiff and a powerful outboard motor, before forcing the crew to sail towards the Gulf of Oman.

Once there the pirates used the dhow to stage unsuccessful attacks on both the MV Agistri and MV Torm Kristina.

Afterwards, the pirates left the dhow.

Speaking about the boarding and the information gathered by the flagship, EU NAVFOR Force Commander, Rear Admiral García de Paredes, said:

"The outcome of the search conducted on board the dhow Al-Hasan by ESPS Méndez Núnez clearly shows that pirates are trying to continue their criminal activity at sea.

"I would like to warn all seafarers sailing through the High Risk Area that they cannot drop their guard, as pirates are still active and targeting shipping in the area.

"EU NAVFOR warships and aircraft will keep working hard with the other counter-piracy task forces in the area to make the seas off Somalia safer."

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Djibouti -- After navigating the Suez Canal and Bab-el-Mandeb strait, ESPS Rayo has joined EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta.

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EARLIER REPORT:

EU NAVFOR Welcome Spanish Warship
'ESPS Rayo' To 'Operation Atalanta'

Djibouti -- After navigating the Suez Canal and Bab-el-Mandeb strait, ESPS Rayo has joined EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta.

Having completed her first patrol in the Southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, the Spanish warship is currently alongside Djibouti, together with EU NAVFOR flagship, ESPS Méndez Núnez.

With an AB212 helicopter and Spanish Marines team embarked, ESPS Rayo departed her base port of Cartegena on 15 February, having completed an intense period of operational sea training.

Speaking about the EU mission, the Commanding Officer of ESPS Rayo said:

"I am very proud to bring my ship and ship’s company to Operation Atalanta.

"The Spanish Navy continues to make a significant contribution to fighting piracy off Somalia, helping to make the seas safer for merchant ships bringing goods into Europe."

Rayo is a modern multi-purpose Oceanic Patrol Vessel (OPV) capable of accomplishing a wide spectrum of missions.

Commissioned to the Spanish Navy in May 2012, has a displacement of 2500 tons, is 95 meters long and for this mission has 83 crew members on board.

Whilst with EU NAVFOR, Rayo will work together with the other EU NAVFOR ships already deployed in the region, as well as the ships from other counter-piracy task forces.

During this time Rayo will conduct tasks such as the protection to World Food Programme (WFP) and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) shipping, the protection to vulnerable shipping, the monitoring of fishing activities off the coast of Somalia, and the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.

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