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Medal for Serbian VPDs engaged in the Indian Ocean

The Serbian Maritime Protection Team or VPD (credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)
The Serbian Maritime Protection Team or VPD (credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)

(B2) The Serbian Maritime Protection Team (VPD) was decorated on Sunday (September 18) with the CSDP Service Medal in recognition “ for their exceptional work off the coast of Somalia as part of the anti-piracy Operation Atalanta » announces the operation HQ.

This is a little known fact. But the Serbs are, in fact, stakeholders in the EUNAVFOR Atalanta operation for six months. They are boarded one of the ships chartered by the World Food Program (WFP), the MSM Douro, which provides food aid to Somalia. Their mission: to ensure that the WFP ship is not attacked by pirates.

Three ships, two planes

The operation, currently led by a Dutch officer, Commodore Luyckx, has been greatly reduced in strength compared to the highest level of piracy. It nevertheless has three ships — the Dutch HNLMS Trump (F-803), which serves as the flagship, the Italian Maestrale-class frigate, Euro ITS, and the Spanish Squadron-class frigate, theESPS Santa Maria — as well as two maritime patrol aircraft — a Spanish P-3M Orion (Cisne) and a German P3-C Orion (Jester).

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).