Somali Piracy: EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Launches Operation Atalanta

by OldSailor on December 9, 2008



Anti Piracy Operation off the coast of Somalia is getting stronger. The European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) has launched Operation ‘ATALANTA’ on December 09 , in the presence of Jean Christof Belliard the EU Special Advisor on African Affairs and the Operation’s Commander Rear Admiral Phillip Jones from the UK Navy.

Some of the interesting features of Operation Atalanta are:

  • The operation is in support of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions 1814 (2008), 1816 (2008), 1838 (2008) and 1846 (2008)
  • To operation will focus on:
    • the protection of vessels of the WFP (World Food Programme) delivering food aid to displaced persons in Somalia.
    • the protection of vulnerable vessels cruising off the Somali coast.
    • the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast.
  • It is the first EU maritime operation, and is being conducted with in the framework of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).

  • Operational Details
    • EU Operation Commander: Rear Admiral Phillip Jones UK Navy.
    • Deputy Operational Commander: Le Contre Amiral Jean-Pierre Labonne from the French Navy.
    • EU Force Commander at Sea: Commodore Antonios Papaioannou from the Greek Navy.
  • The operation will go on for 12 months with a Headquarters in Northwood, (West London) United Kingdom.
  • 6 ships and 3 maritime patrol aircrafts will be taking part in the operation.
  • In the first 4 month phase of the operation, forces from the United Kingdom, France, Greece, Spain, and Germany with approximately 1200 people will be taking part at any one time.
  • It will also have the authority to liaise with other organisations and States, working in the region to combat acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast.

The shipping community can register, in the Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa) website to avail the following facilities:


Post in MarineBuzz on this day a year before:

Development of Robots for Marine Applications by Japan

South Korean Oil Spill by Oil Tanker Hebei Spirit

Update: December 10

Here is the Royal Navy press release on Royal Navy Admiral leading the EU Anti-Piracy Mission.

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