Op Atalanta Force Commander Boards Italian Warship

Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Gómez de Cordoba visited Italian Warship, ITS Libeccio off the coast of Somalia on Friday, October 2.

The Force Commander was welcomed on board ITS Libeccio by the ship’s commanding officer, Commander Daniele Paolo Maria Martinuzzi, and afterwards he was given a briefing on the Italian warship’s capabilities and achievements during the past four months.

The Force Commander then transferred to the World Food Programme (WFP) ship, MV Douro, to meet the Operation Atalanta Lithuanian Maritime Protection team that is currently embarked on board.

During the visit Rear Admiral de Cordoba thanked the Lithuanian team for their important role of protecting MV Douro from potential pirate attack as she transits the Somali coast.

Since Operation Atalanta was launched in 2009, WFP vessels carrying nearly one million tonnes of food and other humanitarian aid destined for the Somali people have been protected by EU Naval Force warships.

Operation Atalanta Force Commander Boards Italian Warship2

Images: EU Naval Force

Share this article

Follow Naval Today


<< Aug 2019 >>
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

Defence Safety Conference 2019

The Defence Safety Conference returns to London this October as the only event solely dedicated to enhancing safety across all aspects of defence.

read more >


As the only comprehensive international exhibition of its kind in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, PACIFIC 2019…

read more >

Maritime Information Warfare 2019

SMi’s Maritime Information Warfare conference is returning to London…

read more >