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European forces deployed in the Indian Ocean. Point

According to a latest count, the European anti-piracy operation “EUNAVFOR Atalanta” (CTF 465) has currently deployed seven ships and four maritime patrol aircraft in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.

The seven ships are:
– the Italian supply ship Etna (A-5326), flagship;
– the German frigate Bremen (F-207);
– two French ships: the frigate Surcouf (F-711) and the aviso Commander l’Herminier” (F-791);
– the Spanish frigate Navarra (F-85);
– the Greek frigate Adrias (F-459);
– the Norwegian ship Frijtdof Nansen (F-310), until the end of January.

patrol planes : a French Atlantique II and a Spanish P3 Orion (based in Djibouti or the Seychelles), a Luxembourg Merlin III (based in Victoria, in the Seychelles), a Buffalo
Kenyan (based in Mombasa).

The Kenyan Buffalo
is the latest addition to the Eunavfor Atalanta operation. It’s interesting because it’s the first direct African contribution. There were already Djiboutian and Yemeni liaison officers on the ships. The coast guards of neighboring countries (Seychelles, Yemen, Puntland, etc.) also collaborated in the operation by exchanging good practices and by sometimes carrying out joint operations to pursue or even arrest pirates (notably with the Seychelles forces). ). Here, a higher level is taken. Closer collaboration is thus established between Europeans and Africans. The Europeans have, moreover, provided the Kenyans with observation equipment (notably a camera) making it possible to make the plane more efficient. The photos are then sent either to the force headquarters (FHQ at sea) or operations headquarters (OHQ in Northwood). This collaboration is also interesting on a tactical level: the Kenyan plane makes it possible to monitor the Somali basin on its southern slope. Which completes the device.


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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