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Sweden would take command of Operation Atalanta in April 2010

(BRUSSELS2) We know that the military is working behind the scenes to prepare for the continuation of the anti-piracy operation Atalanta in 2010. And according to information filtering through Stockholm, Sweden could take command by force ( FHQ) next year in April (for the 2nd term). The armed forces have, in any case, begun since July to plan the continuation of the operation for next year. It is one of the flagships of the Swedish fleet, the minelayer, HMS Carlskrona (M04), which could be sent off the coast of Somalia as its flagship. The decision must be made official by the government and confirmed by a vote in the Swedish Parliament. 3 ships (corvettes) are already present in the Gulf. And lessons are beginning to be learned by the Swedish navy. The military have in fact carried out numerous checks on suspicious boats. And they note that: « Several of the boats suspected of carrying out some type of illegal activity. But most of them are quite ordinary fishermen and cargo boats. » Explanation: merchant ship captains are " nervous ". An observation which reinforces testimonies that I had collected from other soldiers, believing that panic often takes over reality. And that there is sometimes a certain overestimation of the threat. “A boat that comes a little closer.” Hence a number “significant number of false alarms”.

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).