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EUNAVFOR will redirect some of its resources to the Indian Ocean

(B2) Those responsible for EUNAVFOR Atalanta – the anti-piracy military operation – had planned to redirect part of its resources, currently concentrated on the Gulf of Aden, towards the Indian Ocean. Quite simply, because the number of attacks in this second zone has increased regularly since December, and has even exceeded it. There resurgence of pirate attacks the weekend of April 4 should therefore accelerate this movement.

Two means on the spot quickly. A plane (Falcon) could soon monitor the area temporarily (for a week). And the admiral frigate, the Numancia, is heading to the Seychelles in the coming days, for about a week. Nothing also prohibits the use of other means which pass through the area, such as the French frigate – the Nivose – which must come up from Réunion to take its turn of guard in Atalanta, or the German frigate Rheinland-Pfalz which finishes a support mission for Amisom.

Strengthen Atalanta. But covering such an area – located between Seychelles, southern coast of Somalia and Kenya – much larger than that of the Gulf of Aden, is not easy, with only 4-5 ships and 1-2 planes. The question will therefore arise for Member States to strengthen the means currently delegated (also read the aerial means).


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).