The Council extended the mandate of the EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia until 31 March 2019.
On 4th October, the Italian Flagship ITS Fasan conducted joint manoeuvres, known as a PASSEX, with the Indian Navy ship INS Trishul off the coast of Galmadug, Somalia.
Conducting a RAS at sea enables EU NAVFOR warships to remain on patrol for longer periods to help deter potential pirate attacks and keep seafarers safe.
20% of global trade passing through the Gulf of Aden, EU NAVFOR gives considerable effort to safeguarding trade through this strategic area.
On Saturday 25th March the Italian Navy Maestrale class frigate, ITS Espero, joined the EU Naval Force off the coast of Somalia.
During the past week the EU Naval Force Spanish flagship, ESPS Galicia, and French frigate, FS Courbet, have conducted combined counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia.
This week the EU is marking eight years since it launched its first ever maritime military operation, EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta.
ICS has welcomed the extension of EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta, following a decision by the EU Council.
On Friday 25 November 2016, the European Council extended Operation Atalanta’s mandate to deter, disrupt and repress acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia, until 31 December 2018.