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Two Luxembourg patrol aircraft based in the Seychelles

(BRUSSELS2) Two small maritime patrol aircraft, Swearingen Merlin III, will be based in the Seychelles to face a possible resurgence of piracy at the end of the monsoon in the Indian Ocean. They will be under the command of the EU anti-piracy force (Eunavfor Atalanta). An agreement was reached after discussions between the Seychelles government, the British High Commissioner in the archipelago and the French embassy – which represents the EU in these islands; LDiscussions continue for greater cooperation (1) This system therefore complements the Awacs already arrived in Djibouti (read here).

Swearingen Merlin III, will be supplied by the Luxembourg government, and insured by the company CAE Aviation based in Luxembourg. The crew and its mechanics will be stationed on the island. L'plane can remain 6 hours in flight. It is equipped with radar, day and night detectors. In addition to water surveillance at the request of the Atalanta PC, part of the training of the Seychelles coast guards in this type of observation could be provided.

cae aviation is a small company founded in 1971 specializing in certain activities: aeronautics (aerial surveillance and reconnaissance, paratrooper transport/dropping, intelligence and image analysis, geophysical study, etc.), as well as maintenance, design and/or distribution of avionics equipment . It works mainly for the Luxembourg government and NATO but supports certain EU operations. Thus a plane was dispatched to Casa to Malta as part of the fight against illegal immigration, in order to strengthen (and train) the Maltese forces.

(1) Among the provisions envisaged, a pirate delivery agreement faces several difficulties. Among these: one of a legal nature, the criminal procedure of the Seychelles is more difficult than that of Kenya, which remains modeled on British law (so to have lawyers who know all the intricacies of the law and above all to be able to applying it on European boats is not easy). The other is of a practical nature, the country's justice system is less equipped than that of Kenya to deal with an influx of pirates, the island is not very rich, it only has one prison and the the number of criminal judges is not legion.

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).

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