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Piracy – Russian Navy to Send Task Force to Gulf of Aden

Russian Navy Udaloy Class Destroyer: Photo credit Rianovosti

Russia to send new anti-piracy force for patrols off the Somali coast A task force from Russia’s Northern Fleet, led by the Udaloy class destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov, is to depart on an new anti-piracy mission off the Somali coast, the fleet’s spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga said. The destroyer is currently on a training mission in the Barents Sea as part of the preparations for the upcoming tour-of-duty in the Gulf of Aden. “It will be the first anti-piracy mission for the Vice Admiral Kulakov destroyer,” Serga said. The new task force will replace the Russian Pacific Fleet’s task force headed by the Admiral Tributs destroyer, which has completed its anti-piracy mission off the Somali coast  and set sail for its home base in Vladivostok. The Admiral Tributs, the Pechenega tanker and a rescue tugboat arrived in the Gulf of Aden early this year, and has escorted five convoys of commercial ships since then. Task forces from the Russian Navy, usually led by Udaloy class destroyers, operate in the area on a rotating basis. Russian warships have successfully escorted more than 130 commercial vessels from various countries through pirate-infested waters off the Somali coast since 2008, when Russia joined the international anti-piracy mission in the region


U.S. Company Hired to Thwart Piracy

Somalia's government signed a deal with a US maritime security firm to fight rampant piracy in the waters off its unpatrolled coast, according to a report in the Taipei Times. Waters off the coast of Somalia are considered among the most dangerous in the world. Pirates firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns earlier this month tried to board a US-owned cruise liner about 160km off the Somali coast. New York-based Topcat Marine Security Inc signed a deal worth more than $50


Somali Counter-piracy Offensive Paying Off

Piracy off the Somali Coast falls to lowest levels in years as result of tough measures on land & at sea. As Kenyan Defense Forces continue to weaken Al-Shabaab on the ground in Somalia, new reports indicates Somali pirates off the coast have similarly been weakened this year. According to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center, “The number of ships signaling attacks by Somali pirates has fallen this year [2012] to its lowest since 2009


Another Tankship Released by Somali Pirates

Warship Escorts MV Smyrni: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

EU Naval Force Flagship ESPS Méndez Núnez assists 'MV Smyrni' after it sails out of the Somali pirate's holding anchorage. MV Smyrni, with a crew of 26, was carrying 135,000 tonnes of crude oil when she was hijacked on 11 May 2012.  After ten months of being held in a pirate anchorage off the Somali coast, it is understood that a ransom was paid for the vessel, and on 10 March 2013, she was released by her captors.


Somali Pirate Hostage Ship Sinks

M/V Albedo: Photo courtesy of EUNAVFOR

The 'MV Albedo' sinks In rough seas after being held captive by Somali pirates for over two-and-a-half years. EU Naval Force confirms that the Malaysian flagged Motor Vessel MV Albedo, held by armed pirates at an anchorage close to the Somali Coast, has sunk in rough seas. MV Albedo has been in pirate hands since it was attacked in the Indian Ocean in November 2010, and was in pirate hands when it sank. An EU Naval Force warship and Maritime Patrol Aircraft have closed the sea area and


Somali Pirate Ship Victim: Latest Photo Update

M/V Albedo: Photo courtesy of EUNAVFOR

15 Crew members of the Malaysian-flagged MV Albedo remain unaccounted for after the vessel sank in an anhorage close to the Somali coast. MV Albedo has been in pirate hands since it was attacked in the Indian Ocean in November 2010, and was in pirate hands when it sank. An EU Naval Force warship and Maritime Patrol Aircraft have closed the sea area and are continuing to carry out a Search and Rescue operation to search for any survivors. The latest image of the sunken ship is shown.


MV Sinin Believed Pirated in Arabian Sea

On the afternoon of 12 February, the MV Sinin is believed to have been pirated approximately 350 nautical miles East of Masirah (Oman) in the North Arabian Sea.     The vessel, which has a crew of 23 (13 Iranian and 10 Indian nationals), sent out a distress signal, saying she was under attack, late afternoon on Saturday to which an aircraft from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) immediately responded.  The aircraft photographed 2 suspected pirate skiffs on board the vessel


Somali Counter-piracy Operations Effective, Should Continue

UK House of Lords Select Committee states naval 'Operation Atalanta' has turned the tide on Somali pirates but should extend. The House of Lords EU Committee for External Affairs has praised the success of Operation Atalanta in curbing piracy off the Somali coast. However, they say that the operation must be extended beyond its current end date of December 2014 if it is to make a lasting difference in combating the threat.


India to Protect Merchant Ships With On-board Military

Concerned over piracy off the Somali coast in the Gulf of Aden, India is readying an initial 100-man team to protect its merchant vessels in the area. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will take on the responsibility of securing the merchant vessels, under a proposal mooted by the ministry of shipping and, as a pilot project, will train 100 of its personnel for the purpose, a government source told IANS.


Ten Seamen Saved from Sea off Somalia

Rescue operation off Somalia: Photo credit EU NAVFOR

EU Naval Force French Frigate 'Surcouf' rescues 10 from life-raft after their coastal cargo vessel sank 30 miles off the Somali coast. The master of the Indian flagged vessel had sent out a distress call after engine failure and the vessel began to  ship water. FS Surcouf, which was conducting counter piracy patrols 26 nautical miles away, raced to assist the mariners, who by now had ‘abandoned ship’ in rough seas and climbed into a life raft.


Suspects Apprehended in 2014's First Pirate Attack

Photo: EU NAVFOR

On January 18, 2014, the French EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta flagship FS Siroco in cooperation with Japanese assets released the crew of a Dhow that was suspected to have been used as pirate mother-ship. The flagship apprehended five suspected pirates believed to be


EU NAVFOR Transports Pirate Suspects for Prosecution

Five men apprehended by FS Siroco are transferred to the Seychelles police with the aim to prosecute them for acts of piracy.

Suspect Pirates Apprehended by EU Naval Force Flagship Transferred To The Seychelles. On 29 January 2014, international collaboration in the fight against piracy resulted in the transfer of five men by the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta flagship, FS Siroco


EU Shares Counter-piracy Knowledge with Tanzania

Atalanta and EUCAP Nestor hosted two training sessions for Tanzanian Maritime Police and Navy in Dar es Salaam to share knowledge and experiences in fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean region. (EU NAVFOR Photo)

On Monday, February 24, European Union counter-piracy operation Atalanta and EUCAP Nestor, the civilian-led Maritime Security Capacity building EU Mission, hosted two training sessions for Tanzanian Maritime Police and Navy in Dar es Salaam to share knowledge and experiences in fight against


"Shock" incidents blight falling piracy rate

A UK maritime intelligence provider Dryad Maritime released its Q1 maritime crime figures which show an overall downturn in incidents across the Horn of Africa, the Gulf of Guinea and Southeast Asia since the same period last year. However, Dryad Maritime caution that ‘shock’ incidents


Somali Pirate Victims: Lifeboats Spotted

Image courtesy of EU Naval Force

Photo update: sunken MV Albedo lifeboats sighted from the air on Somali beach. Earlier this week, EU Naval Force confirmed that the Malaysian flagged Motor Vessel MV Albedo, held by armed pirates in an anchorage close to the Somali coast since November 2010, had sunk in rough seas


Somali Pirate Victims: Crew Whereabouts Unknown

Fishing Vessel Naham 3: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

An EU Naval Force helicopter overflying a Somali coast anchorage in a search for survivors from the wrecked 'MV Albedo' took a photo of hijacked 'FV Naham 3 with its vigilant pirate guards. Last week EU Naval Force confirmed that the Malaysian flagged Motor Vessel, MV Albedo


Somali Pirates Now Protect Illegal Fishing Vessels, UN Reports

AP photo/ Farah Abdi Warsameh

The maritime industry has recently seen a decrease in Somali piracy, but many pirates have turned to a new criminal activity: protecting illegal fishing boats off the Somali coast. The Associated Press reported that many pirates in the country now “provide ‘security’ for ships


EU, Seychelles Complete Search and Rescue Exercise

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On 26 September, the Seychelles Peoples Defense Force, Coast Guard and Air Force, together with the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta and EUCAP Nestor, carried out a search and rescue exercise in Seychelles waters. The operation was coordinated centrally by the Seychelles


Somali Pirates Jailed by Seychelles Court

Arrested pirates handed over: Photo credit EUNAVFOr

11  pirates have been convicted in the Seychelles Supreme Court of committing acts of piracy and operating a pirate vessel between 7 – 11 May 2012. Their sentences ranged from 18 months to 16 years. The pirates had been apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate


Eleven Pirates Convicted in the Seychelles

Transfer of pirates to Seychelles authorities in May 2012

On October 2, 2013, eleven pirates were convicted in the Seychelles Supreme Court of committing acts of piracy and operating a pirate vessel from May 7-11, 2012. Their sentences ranged from 18 months to 16 years. The pirates had been apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate


Somali Pirate Attack on VLCC Repelled

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EU Naval Force confirms that a fully laden Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) was fired upon by eight armed men in two ‘skiffs’ 230 miles off the Somali coast, 11, October 2013. The attack was successfully repelled by the Armed Security Team on board the super tanker and the vessel is now


Tanker Safe Following Attack off Somali Coast

EU Naval Force confirmed that on Friday, October 11, 2013, a fully laden super tanker, known as a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), was fired upon by eight armed men in two ‘skiffs’ 230 miles off the Somali coast. The attack was repelled by the Armed Security Team on board the super


Yachties Keep Out of Pirate Hi-Risk Area Warns EUNAVFOR

ISAF members visit: Photo courtesy of EUNAVFOR

If there was ever a good reason to heed naval forces’ warnings about the continuing threat from Somali piracy, then an attack on a super tanker is surely one of them. A fully laden super tanker was attacked by eight armed pirates recently, 230 miles off the Somali coast


Task Force Brings Somali Pirate Tankship Attackers to Book

Pirate skiff destroyed: Photo credit ABIS Jayson Tufrey, Commonwealth of Australia

The Combined Maritime Forces operation was co-ordinated from the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel 'Fort Victoria' with support from Australian ship HMAS Melbourne, South Korean destroyer ROKS Wang Geon, European Union flagship HNLMS Johan de Witt and a Seychelles-based maritime patrol aircraft


Somali Pirates Again Active, Though Recent Losers

Pirates jettison boarding ladders: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Just a few weeks after the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, issued another warning about the on-going piracy threat, there have been two more piracy related incidents off the Somali coast. The first incident involved EU Naval Force German frigate


 
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