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Stopover in Mozambique for the flagship of Eunavfor

(BRUSSELS2) The flagship of the European anti-piracy fleet (EUNAVFOR), the NRP Alvares Cabral, made a stopover from June 17 to 21 in Pemba, Mozambique. A country which borders the Indian Ocean but has so far cooperated little with European forces. A stopover which has a little to do with the nationality of the ship and the crew (Portuguese). The HQ of the European operation confirms this. “ Given the strong relations that exist between Mozambique, the European Union and specifically, Portugal, when NRP Alvares Cabral sailed in to the port, her crew were given a very warm welcome by the Mozambique Authorities and the local population. »

Conference and exercise

A conference was held on board the ship, with representatives of the country's government, armed forces, police and shipping companies operating in the region. Objective: to explain the current activities of EUNAVFOR within the European framework. And the deputy chief of the Mozambican Navy, Commodore Joaquim Rivas Mangrasse used the opportunity to emphasize the need for unity in the region's effort to strengthen regional security.

The next day, June 19, a joint maritime security exercise was held with the Mozambican Navy; exercise attended by the Portuguese Minister of Defense, José Pedro Aguiar-Branco, and the Chief of Staff, General Luís Araújo, and several distinguished visitors representing the Mozambique Authorities.

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).