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EU NAVFOR hosting major Counter-Piracy exercise off Somalia | Coastweek

OFF SOMALIA -- EU NAVFOR ships and aircraft from Italy, Spain and Germany have operated alongside US, Korean and Japanese warships of CMF from 6th to 8th June. They worked towards developing common techniques and coordinated responses for dealing with piracy related events, and practiced how to execute counter-piracy operations and other maritime security related incidences.  PHOTOS - EU NAVFOR

EU NAVFOR hosting major Counter-Piracy exercise off Somalia

OFF SOMALIA -- EU NAVFOR champions the cooperation and coordination of efforts with civilian and military partners to combat piracy; events such as the recent Counter-Piracy Exercise with the Multi-National Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) demonstrate this.

EU NAVFOR ships and aircraft from Italy, Spain and Germany operated alongside US, Korean and Japanese warships of CMF from 6th to 8th June.

They worked towards developing common techniques and coordinated responses for dealing with piracy related events, and practiced how to execute counter-piracy operations and other maritime security related incidences.

Assets from CMF along with EU NAVFOR’s flagship ITS Margottini, ESPS Meteoro and the Spanish and German P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) tested satellite and radio communications on the first day to ensure fast and efficient flow of information.

Information sharing and using multiple messaging systems are key to planning and conducting a rapid and effective coordinated response against pirate attacks.

Various simulated pirate attacks and response serials were conducted throughout the exercise to ensure that if a real attack occurs, the combined response of all available forces in the area can come together and protect maritime trade and other vulnerable shipping transiting the Western Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and Southern Red Sea.

If suspected pirates are detained, they could face 30 years in jail if convicted. Hence, practicing boarding operations, looking for criminal activity and recording the crime scene to collect evidence to support cases against suspected piracy events becomes fundamental to any counter-piracy operation.

Exercises such as these are important in helping EU NAVFOR, CMF and Independent Deployers to understand the different approaches used by individual nations and organisations when responding to piracy-related events.

Since 2009, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 has been conducting CMF’s counter-piracy operation patrolling the waters throughout the region.

CTF151 exercises with EU NAVFOR and regional partners that can keep on "doing more together" in the fight against piracy around the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden.

EU NAVFOR hosting major Counter-Piracy exercise off Somalia | Coastweek

OFF SOMALIA -- EU NAVFOR ships and aircraft from Italy, Spain and Germany have operated alongside US, Korean and Japanese warships of CMF from 6th to 8th June. Since 2009, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 has been conducting CMF’s counter-piracy operation patrolling the waters throughout the region. CTF151 exercises with EU NAVFOR and regional partners that can keep on “doing more together” in the fight against piracy around the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden. PHOTO - EU NAVFOR

Heavyweight Spanish warships supporting
EU NAVFOR
counter-piracy operation
OFF SOMALIA -- Cooperation is vital in order to deter piracy and to protect vulnerable shipping, such asWorld Food Programme vessels. European warships often transit the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden conducting maritime patrols, and this gives them the opportunity to directly support EU NAVFOR.

EU NAVFOR Italian Flagship ITS Carlo Margottini has rendezvoused with Spanish warships ESPS Blas Del Lezo, a frigate, and ESPS Juan Carlos, an amphibious assault ship equipped with AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft in the Western Indian Ocean.

Working together enabled the crew of the Margottini to build upon the skills and experience developed as part of a multi-national counter-piracy exercise last week, alongside warships of the Combined Maritime Forces, based in Bahrain.

Improving coordination and integration between ships from different forces operating in the region assists with the rapid identification and interdiction of piracy.

The EU NAVFOR Force Commander, Rear Admiral Simone Malvagna, was invited on board the ESPS Juan Carlos by the ship’s commander, Captain Jose Lago Ochoa, to witness the launching of Harrier aircraft from the flight deck.

These versatile aircraft are primarily employed on light attack or multi-role missions, ranging from close air support of ground troops to armed reconnaissance.

Admiral Malvagna thanked the Captain for his hospitality before returned to the Margottini.

On completion of the naval manoeuvres, Margottini sailed past the Spanish warships for a final farewell.

Meetings such as this help to strengthen cooperation and mutual understanding between the different nations and naval forces that are operating in the region.

The Margottini continues its Operation Atalanta patrols off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa, deterring acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea, and keeping important shipping lanes safe.

EU NAVFOR hosting major Counter-Piracy exercise off Somalia | Coastweek

OFF SOMALIA -- EU NAVFOR ships and aircraft from Italy, Spain and Germany have operated alongside US, Korean and Japanese warships of CMF from 6th to 8th June. They worked towards developing common techniques and coordinated responses for dealing with piracy related events, and practiced how to execute counter-piracy operations and other maritime security related incidences. Since 2009, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 has been conducting CMF’s counter-piracy operation patrolling the waters throughout the region. CTF151 exercises with EU NAVFOR and regional partners that can keep on “doing more together” in the fight against piracy around the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden. PHOTO - EU NAVFOR

             

 

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