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Latest piracy news (November 25, 2012) (Update)

(BRUSSELS2) A pirate attack group was located north of the Bosasso area by the anti-piracy maritime coalition on November 20 around 10:30 a.m. A skiff with a ladder and two outboard motors was detected at 2° north and 41° east but neutralized shortly after and its occupants arrested. Read : Turks and Romanians, helped by Swedes and Luxembourgers, arrest 9 pirates Despite the deterioration of weather conditions, due to the arrival of the northeast monsoon, anti-piracy specialists fear a resurgence of piracy in the area and urge vigilance.

631 pirates sentenced worldwide

According to the US State Department, 631 pirates have been convicted worldwide, including 98 in Seychelles alone. In addition, 440 suspects were brought to justice in 21 countries, including the United States.

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Le King Ferdinand of Romania in Dar es Salaam

The Romanian ship, Regele Ferdinand, which is participating in the European Union's anti-piracy operation (Eunavfor Atalanta), made a refueling stop at the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The opportunity to train Tanzanian sailors. Romanian sailors organized four workshops, covering navigation, force protection, first aid and firefighting. The training included theoretical, classroom instruction, as well as a practical exercise. The frigate also received on board the deputy chief of the navy for operations and training, General AA Mwenjudi.

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Le HMS Northumberland arrives in the gulf

The British frigate HMS Northumberland is currently in Crete to complete 5 days of training at NATO installations. After which, she will head to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for anti-piracy, anti-narcotics and anti-terrorism operations for a period of six months, to replace her “sister ship” there. HMS Sutherland. The Royal Navy frigate is returning from intensive training within the Franco-British exercise Corsican Lion in the Mediterranean Sea. And previously underwent a major overhaul at the port of Plymouth (Read: The Royals surround Corsica). Type 23, it has a Sonar 2087 and a Merlin helicopter adapted to anti-submarine warfare. It is commanded by Paddy Dowsett.

Norway at the head ofOcean Shield for the second half of 2013

NATO has asked Norway to take command of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) for the second half of 2013. The Norwegian frigate (which will be of a new generation) and its command will therefore also take the reins of Operation Ocean Shield. This is not the first time that the Kingdom of Norway has contributed to anti-piracy missions. It sent a frigate for Operation Atalanta from August 2009 to January 2010 and an Orion maritime patrol aircraft on Ocean Shield in 2010.

14 pirates sentenced in Madagascar

The 14 Somali pirates of the Mv Aly Zoulficar, this Comorian ship, which shuttled between the Comoros and Tanzania, were condemned, on November 19, in Madagascar, reports the local press. 13 of the 14 pirates were sentenced to five years of forced labor for acts of piracy, arbitrary confinement, assault and battery, violence and assault, and attempted rape in Madagascar. The 14th, a minor at the time of the events, received 30 months of detention and was placed on provisional release. They captured the ship off the coast of Tanzania in November 2010. It was freed in February 2011 by a combined operation of Comorian and Malagasy forces, aided by reconnaissance planes from Operation Eunavfor Atalanta and of the French CROSS of Réunion, according to information from B2.

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The French anti-submarine frigate Dupleix rescues a Yemeni dhow

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The Yemeni fishing boat “Al-Fahad” was drifting in the busy shipping corridor in the western Gulf of Aden due to a mechanical problem. His distress call was received at USNAVCENT, the US naval command center in Bahrain. A Japanese maritime patrol plane and a helicopter from the frigate RSS Intrepid from Singapore then took off to locate the boat and confirm the engine problem. The second part of the rescue operation took place at sea. CTF 465, i.e. the command of Operation Atalante aboard the Italian vessel ITS San Giusto, off Monbasa, commanded the French anti-submarine frigate, the FS Dupleix, which is also participating in the Eunavfor Atalanta operation, to provide assistance to fishermen. On the night of November 21, the Dupleix mechanic made a makeshift repair on a very tired engine. While the on-board medical team provided some care to the equally exhausted crew. The dhow was then able to resume its route towards Bossasso (Somalia). As to Dupleix, it joined the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) where it will carry out its anti-piracy mission.

(updated 26/11 at noon)

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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).