EU Naval Force Warship FS NIVÔSE welcomed ten Djiboutian coast guards on 16 May for training and discussion on skiff interception, vessel protection teams and online communication.
During a port visit in Djibouti, the crew of NIVÔSE and members of the Djiboutian coast guard shared their experiences in the fight against piracy, and more broadly on the coast guards’ role in the protection of Djiboutian waters.
The sailors of NIVÔSE presented their skiff interception procedures, the implementation of a vessel protection team on board a merchant vessel, as well as the handling of suspected pirates once arrested. Training was both theoretical and practical.
Part of the day was also devoted to the use of the secure website Mercury. This site designed and maintained by the MSCHOA (Maritime Security Centre-Horn of Africa) allows all military and civilian stakeholders involved in the fight against piracy, or being potential victims, to share information or report ongoing attacks.
This day is part of a broader program of cooperation overseen by the Force Headquarters on board FS MARNE. The benefit of this type of encounter is mutual. It helps Navies and Coast Guards in the region to further develop their own maritime capabilities, while allowing EUNAVFOR ships to take advantage of their experience and knowledge of the area. This also facilitates subsequent contacts during any counter-piracy operation during which collaboration may be necessary.
This fits into the comprehensive approach of the European Union and France in particular in the fight against piracy, which aims to support the Somali government and promote cooperation with regional countries.
Naval Today Staff , May 25, 2012; Image: EUNAVFOR