Carlskrona passes the torch of anti-piracy to De Grasse

Rear Admiral Coindreau (left) takes over from his Swedish counterpart Thornqvist (right) (credit: Eunavfor)

(BRUSSELS2) The Swedish flagship, which for the past four months has commanded the EU's anti-piracy force, handed over the torch this weekend to the French frigate De Grasse, which takes over until December. The command will be provided by Rear-Admiral Coindreau assisted by the Belgian naval captain, Michel Hofman. (The French had promised the Belgians who wanted the command that they would have the position of deputy force commander).

By handing over the helm, the Swedish commander Jan Thörnqvist drew up the balance sheet: 250 suspected pirates apprehended (it should be noted that they were very often released), 90.000 tonnes of humanitarian cargo from the World Food Program (WFP) delivered safely in Somalia, during 11 ship escorts. The sailors covered approximately 142 nautical miles from the southern Red Sea, through the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean to the Seychelles. From mid-April to mid-August, 000 warships from seven different countries and 18 maritime surveillance aircraft from six countries took turns.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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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