A new EU anti-piracy mission will soon commence in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast.
The Swedish Navy will contribute by assisting in escorting World Food Programme vessels to Somalia, as well as other vessels in need of protection. This will be the fourth initiative since 2009. The mission will see the Netherlands and Sweden working together.
In order to start the operation at the beginning of the year, the Navy conducted intensive training to prepare for the mission. Combat vessels and other equipment were loaded aboard the Navy’s largest warship HSwMS Belos and sent to Den Helder, The Netherlands.
Naval Today Staff, Image: Swedish Navy