maritime piracy

The European anti-piracy system in the Indian Ocean (update)

training aboard the BPC Tonnerre (credit: French Navy)

(BRUSSELS2) With the change of commander of the operation for Eunavfor Atalanta, there was also a change in the various ships participating in the European anti-piracy operation. There are around ten today

So since April 12, it is the group – “Jeanne d’Arc” school of the French navy which has been deployed formed around the BPC Thunder (L-9014), the anti-submarine frigate Georges Leygues (D-640), the frigate Nivôse (F-732) – a regular in the Indian Ocean – and its Panther helicopter, and the high seas patrol boat Adroit (P-725). On board the BPC, the naval officer training group (GEAOM) continues its practical training, as close as possible to operational realities. The Tonnerre is carrying an Estonian protection team, made up of around ten soldiers who joined the crew in Djibouti and will remain on board for a month. A participation which is not a first. Since 2011, Estonia has participated in the operation by embarking a protection team aboard a French vessel on mission in the Indian Ocean.

In addition to the French ships, there are:

  • a Swedish ship, the HMS Carlskrona (M-04), which had already participated in the operation in 2010, and its AW109LUH helicopter
  • the German frigate FGS augsburg (F-213), with its two Sea Lynx MK 88 helicopters,
  • the Spanish missile frigate ESPS Numancia (F-83), and its two SH-60 Seahawk helicopters
  • the Spanish patrol boat ESPS Thunderbolt (P-42), and an Augusta-Bell 212ASW helicopter
  • the Dutch frigate HNLMS De Ruyter (F-804), and its brand new NH90 helicopter
  • and the flagship, the Portuguese missile frigate Alvares Cabral (F-331), equipped with 2 Lynx Mk 95 helicopters.

NATO side

The operation Ocean Shield of NATO (TF 508) has three ships under the command of Italian Rear Admiral Antonio Natale: the Italian amphibious assault ship ITS Saint Mark (L-9398) is the flagship, the Turkish frigate TCG Gokova (F-496) and the American ship USS Nicholas (FFG 47).

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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).