Category archives for: Africa

FGS Berlin, ITS Andrea Doria Conduct RAS

FGS Berlin, ITS Andrea Doria Conduct RAS

On Saturday 13 September 2014 FGS Berlin conducted a RAS with Italian Navy destroyer, ITS Andrea Doria, the current flagship of the EU’s counter-piracy mission, Operation Atalanta.   Before the RAS commenced, all the sailors involved were fully briefed on their duties and then ITS Andrea Doria made a slow approach to the German Navy […]

Professionals Discuss Maritime Security in Africa

Maritime professionals from Africa, Europe, and the U.S. began a 3-day conference aimed to enhance collaborative efforts to achieve maritime security in Africa, Sept. 15.   The Africa Partnership Station (APS) Annual Planning Conference aims to align individual African nation maritime security goals, APS training opportunities, and comprehensive regional standards. The conference is scheduled to […]

BNS Leopold I Carries Out Friendly Approaches

Whilst conducting EU counter-piracy patrols in the Horn of Africa, the Belgian EU Naval Force frigate, BNS Leopold I, has conducted friendly approaches on a dhow and several skiffs near the Somali coast.   The dhow was initially sighted by BNS Leopold I’s Alouette III helicopter during a reconnaissance flight along the Somali coast on […]

BNS Leopold I, FGS Berlin Replenish at Sea

BNS Leopold I, FGS Berlin Replenish at Sea

On Monday, 8 September, EU Naval Force Belgian frigate, BNS Leopold I, conducted a replenishment at sea with the German support ship FGS Berlin in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC).   As the ships sailed close to each other, maintenance equipment was transferred from FGS Berlin’s deck to BNS Leopold I’s forecastle via a […]

Many Dead after Boat Sinks Off Libya

Many Dead after Boat Sinks Off Libya

A boat carrying up to 250 African emigrants has sunk off Libyan coast on Sunday, and according to a Libyan navy spokesperson, many passengers have died.   Navy spokesman Ayub Qassem said that only 26 people have been rescued after the incident which occurred near Tajoura, east of the capital Tripoli. The under-equipped Libya’s coastguard, which mainly exists on […]

Top News of the Week of Sep 08 – 14, 2014

Top News of the Week of Sep 08 – 14, 2014

Abbott Government to Spend $20 Bln on Japanese Submarines The next generation of Australian submarines could be the Japanese-built Soryu Class submarines which will replace the Collins Class vessels.   Keel Laying Held for Singapore Navy’s First Littoral Mission Vessel The keel laying ceremony for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)’s first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) […]

Italian Predator Completes First Tasking with EU NAVFOR

On Tuesday 4 September the 32nd wing of the Italian Air Force, which operates the remote controlled aircraft known as Predator, completed their first tasking with the EU Naval Force.   The Italian Predator team, which is based in Djibouti, carried out a successful 11 hour check test flight and was able to highlight its […]

HNLMS Van Speijk and BNS Leopold I Host EU Force Commander

HNLMS Van Speijk and BNS Leopold I Host EU Force Commander

Between 6 – 7 September, the EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Guido Rando took the opportunity to embark HNLMS Van Speijk and BNS Leopold I.   Both frigates recently joined the EU Naval Force to conduct EU counter-piracy operations and they will remain in the area of operations off the coast of Somalia until early […]

Top News of the Week of Aug 30 – Sep 05, 2014

Top News of the Week of Aug 30 – Sep 05, 2014

Marine Helicopter Crashes in the Gulf of Aden A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) crashed at 2:00 p.m. (GMT), yesterday, at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).   HMS Queen Elizabeth Undergoes Inclining Test […]

HNLMS Van Speijk Conducts First Friendly Approach

HNLMS Van Speijk Conducts First Friendly Approach

EU Naval Force warship HNLMS Van Speijk has carried out her first friendly approach in the Gulf of Aden. Following a routine logistical stop in Djibouti, HNLMS Van Speijk was assigned to patrol in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC), monitoring merchant traffic and safeguarding shipping.   Whilst patrolling the IRTC, the Dutch frigate’s boarding […]

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