Category archives for: Africa

Spanish OPV Relampago Escorts WFP Ship

Spanish OPV Relampago Escorts WFP Ship

The Spanish Navy’s oceanic patrol vessel ‘Relámpago’, currently participating in the European-led counter-piracy operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean, has provided escort to a World Food Program ship transiting the area.   The escorted vessel, the merchant ship ‘Juba Liner II’, departed from the Kenyan port of Mombasa towards Somalia transporting food to the refugees […]

Obangame Express 2014: Participants Finish In-Port Familiarization Drills

Obangame Express 2014: Participants Finish In-Port Familiarization Drills

U.S., European, South American and African naval forces concluded two days of in-port familiarization drills at the Nigerian navy’s Joint Maritime Security Training Center, April 17.   The evolutions were part of Obangame Express, a Gulf of Guinea-based multinational maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation, interdiction expertise and information sharing among West and Central African […]

Top News of the Week Apr 14-20, 2014

Top News of the Week Apr 14-20, 2014

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Christened The christening ceremony of the first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), took place at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard located in Bath, Maine on 12 April, 2014.   Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Ray Mabus, and other honored guests attended the christening ceremony. US General Voices Need for More […]

Multi-Ship Replenishment at Sea off Horn of Africa

Multi-Ship Replenishment at Sea off Horn of Africa

Whilst conducting counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa different nations from different task forces often meet. In this case the US supply ship USNS Joshua Humphreys from Task Force 53 provided two flagships with fuel.   FGS Brandenburg flagship of the EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta took station on the supplier’s left and […]

USNS Spearhead Delivers Humanitarian Items to Nigeria

USNS Spearhead Delivers Humanitarian Items to Nigeria

Sailors and civil service mariners aboard joint, high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) delivered 46 pallets of humanitarian items donated by private companies to nongovernmental organizations as part of Project Handclasp in Lagos, Nigeria, April 15.   Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that accepts and transports educational, humanitarian and goodwill material donated by […]

ESPS Cristobal Colon Engages with Royal Omani Navy, EU NAVFOR

ESPS Cristobal Colon Engages with Royal Omani Navy, EU NAVFOR

This past weekend, NATO’s counter-piracy flagship, ESPS CRISTOBAL COLON, engaged with the Royal Omani Navy and the European Union Naval Force’s (EUNAVFOR) counter-piracy task force commander (CTF-465) following a port visit to Salalah, Oman.   COLON departed Salalah on Saturday 12 April 2014 and conducted a series of exercises with the Royal Omani Navy corvette […]

Multinational Exercise Obangame Express Kicks Off

Multinational Exercise Obangame Express Kicks Off

Naval forces from the United States, Europe, South America and Africa commenced the multinational maritime exercise Obangame Express, April 16.   Obangame Express, now in its fourth year, is designed to improve tactical expertise and cooperation among West and Central African nations in order to enhance those maritime forces’ collective ability to deter illicit activity […]

EU NAVFOR Force Commander Visits HS Psara

EU NAVFOR Force Commander Visits HS Psara

On 11 April the Force Commander of EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, visited the first ship of his task force since he took over command.   The Hellenic frigate HS Psara, which has been part of EU Naval Force since February 2014, is participating in the EU’s Counter-Piracy […]

Australian Navy Ship Medevacs French Fisherman in Distress

Australian Navy Ship Medevacs French Fisherman in Distress

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel.   The French Fishing Vessel (FV) Cape Saint Vincent called for assistance late on the night of the 10th of April. The French Joint […]

FGS Rhon, FGS Brandenburg Conduct RAS

FGS Rhon, FGS Brandenburg Conduct RAS

“All those involved in the replenishment at sea are required at their station”. When this order is broadcast over loudspeakers on board the German tanker FGS Rhön, the seamanship crew reacts quickly by donning their hard hats and safety gear before making final preparations for what is a highly specialized manoeuvre at sea.   At […]

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