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Somali Pirate Attack on VLCC Repelled

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EU Naval Force confirms that a fully laden Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) was fired upon by eight armed men in two ‘skiffs’ 230 miles off the Somali coast, 11, October 2013. The attack was successfully repelled by the Armed Security Team on board the super tanker and the vessel is now safe. The Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa), based at the EU Naval Force Operations Centre, Northwood, UK, has issued an alert about the whereabouts and nature of the attack, to warn other ships transiting the area to be vigilant. Speaking about the incident, the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant said “The attack this morning demonstrates that there is still a clear and present danger from pirates off the Somali coast.  It is crucial that naval counter-piracy forces maintain pressure on these criminals and that the maritime industry remains vigilant, taking appropriate precautions to deter an attack.”  


This Day in U.S. Naval History – November 15

1882 - LCDR French Chadwick reports to American Legation in London as first Naval Attache. 1942 - Although U.S. lost several ships in Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Naval Force under Rear Admiral Willlis Lee, USS Washington (BB-56), turns back Japanese transports trying to reinforce Guadalcanal. The Japanese never again try to send large naval forces to Guadalcanal. 1960 - First Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine, USS George Washington (SSBN-598), leaves Charleston, SC


RPG Pirate Attackers Sent to Court

EU Naval Force transfers 12 suspect pirates to Mauritius for prosecution after attack on merchant vessel off Somalia. At the time of the attack on 5th January, 2013, the master of the merchant vessel sent out a distress call reporting that he and his crew were coming under attack from a fast moving boat, armed with rocket propelled grenades (RPG).  Sailors from the EU Naval Force French Frigate Surcouf  were later able to arrest the men suspected of carrying out this attack and


Counter Piracy Commander Warns of Continuing Threat

Admiral Bob Tarrant, Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia (Photo: European Union)

The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, has issued a renewed warning that Somali pirates are still determined to get out to sea and, if presented with an easy target, will attack. “I am very concerned that seafarers and nations will lower their guard and support for counter piracy operations in the belief that the piracy threat is over. It is not; it is merely contained," he said


Yachties Keep Out of Pirate Hi-Risk Area Warns EUNAVFOR

ISAF members visit: Photo courtesy of EUNAVFOR

If there was ever a good reason to heed naval forces’ warnings about the continuing threat from Somali piracy, then an attack on a super tanker is surely one of them. A fully laden super tanker was attacked by eight armed pirates recently, 230 miles off the Somali coast, with the attack only being thwarted by the armed security team on board. Because of their vulnerability, it is highly recommended that all sailing yachts, under their own passage


Suspects Apprehended in 2014's First Pirate Attack

Photo: EU NAVFOR

On January 18, 2014, the French EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta flagship FS Siroco in cooperation with Japanese assets released the crew of a Dhow that was suspected to have been used as pirate mother-ship. The flagship apprehended five suspected pirates believed to be responsible for an attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden a day earlier. The oil tanker issued a distress call to the UK Maritime Trade Operation (UKMTO) on the evening of Friday, January 17


This Day in Naval History - Nov. 15

From the Navy News Service 1882 - Lt. Cmdr. French Chadwick reports to American Legation in London as first naval attache. 1942 - Although U.S. lost several ships in the naval battle of Guadalcanal, Naval Force under Rear Adm. Willlis Lee, USS Washington (BB 56), turns back Japanese transports trying to reinforce Guadalcanal. The Japanese never again try to send large naval forces to Guadalcanal. 1960 - First Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine, USS George Washington (SSBN 598)


German Warship Joins Horn of Africa Counter-Piracy Force

Photo credit EUNAVFOR

German Frigate FGS BREMEN Joins EU NAVAL FORCE off The Horn Of Africa FGS BREMEN has commenced her tour of duty patrolling the waters of the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa as the tenth ship of the EU NAVAL FORCE (EU NAVFOR). Having left her home port of Wilhelmshaven on 7th May BREMEN arrives on station after a 14 day transit. Originally designed as a submarine hunter BREMEN is now equipped as a multi-role vessel equally capable in the roles of escort and maritime protection as anti air and


Ferguson Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, left, says goodbye to Vice Adm. Mohamed Lagmari, chief of naval operations for the Royal Moroccan Navy, after an office call and lunch at the Moroccan navy’s h

  Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples and commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF), received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor during a ceremony May 9, 2015 on Ellis Island. The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) presented the award to Ferguson during the 29th Annual Ellis Island Medal of Honor Ceremony. This annual award ceremony honors American citizens who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and


USS Ross Conducts PASSEX in Black Sea

USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct anti-submarine warfare training and advanced ship maneuvering during a passing exercise with ships from Romania and Turkey while operating in the Black Sea Dec. 15, 2015.

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from Turkey and Romania Dec. 15, 2015. The PASSEX was conducted in order to improve maritime capabilities between the U.S. and Black Sea naval forces. The participating nations joined in advanced ship maneuvering and anti-submarine training exercises. The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with international law.


U.S. Navy Chief: South China Sea Arms Race could Develop

The U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander has warned of a possible arms race in the disputed South China Sea which could engulf the region, as nations become increasingly tempted to use military force to settle territorial spats instead of international law.


Iran Denies Rocket Launch Near U.S. Warships

Iran denied on Thursday that its Revolutionary Guards launched rockets near the U.S. aircraft-carrier Harry S. Truman and other warships as they were entering the Gulf on Saturday. "The naval forces of the Guards have not had any exercises in the Strait of Hormuz during the past week and


Cutlass Express 2016 Commences

Maritime forces from various nations attend the opening ceremony for Cutlass Express 2016 Jan. 30. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mat Murch

Maritime forces from Eastern Africa, Western Indian Ocean island nations, Europe and the United States, as well as several international organizations began the fifth iteration of the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 30.


Europe-Africa Sailors of the Year

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Adm. Mark Ferguson and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNECNA) Fleet Master Chief Steven Giordano recognize CNE-CNA Shore Sailor of the Year, Legalman 1st Class Stephani Pavoni, CNE-CNA Junior Sailor of the Year, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Dawn Weston, and CNE-CNA Sea Sailor of the Year, Operations Specialist 1st Class Amparo Balderas in a ceremony at U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Capodichino, Jan. 29, 2016. Pavoni will advance to c

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Mark Ferguson announced the 2015 CNE-CNA Shore Sailor, Sea Sailor and Junior Sailor of the Year in a ceremony held at Naval Support Activity, Naples, Capodichino, Jan 29, 2016. Operations Specialist 1st Class Amparo Balderas, from Commander


Collective Efforts Helped Curtail Piracy Attacks

EU COUNTER-PIRACY OPERATION ATALANTA EXTENDED TO END OF 2016

  Collective effort by maritime industry and naval forces keep pirate attacks suppressed: EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE   At a breakfast meeting earlier today with senior shipping industry representatives, the EU Naval Force Operation Commander


Collective Effort Keeps Piracy at Bay, Risks Remain

Major General Martin Smith addresses senior shipping industry representatives earlier this week (Photo: Port2Port Maritime)

Though the maritime sector has seen a decline in Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, there is no room for complacency regarding the ongoing threat, says EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE.  


USS Porter Hosts Albanian Dignitaries

Cmdr. Blair Guy, commanding officer of USS Porter (DDG 78), provides remarks during a distinguished visitor visit while anchored off the coast of Albania Sept. 26, 2015.

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted a reception for senior Albanian defense officials aboard the ship September 26. The reception was an expression of Porter’s appreciation for hosting the ship and its crew in Vlore


Weapons Bound for Yemen Seized on Iranian Boat

Saudi-led coalition forces said on Wednesday they had seized an Iranian fishing boat loaded with weapons on its way to deliver them to Houthi fighters in Yemen.   The announcement came a day after tribal fighters backed by the coalition won control of a strategic dam in central Yemen from


Turkey Launches Amphibious Ship

Image Credit: AA Photo

Turkey launched the 140-meter amphibious ship "Bayraktar," the first of two vessels that are part of a domestic Landing Ship, Tank (LST) project, reports Local media.   The two ships boast local design and construction and are aimed at meeting the operational requirements of the


Vigilance Still Crucial in Indian Ocean

  Organisations representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced that the size of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean has been reduced and issued new advice to merchant ship operators. This reduction to the High Risk Area is in response to the


USS Porter Conducts PASSEX in Black Sea

USS Porter (DDG 78) fires its close-in weapons system during a live-fire exercise as part of a passing exercise with allied and partner nations Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in the Black Sea

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in a bilateral passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from the navies of Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in the Black Sea, Oct. 13 and 14, 2015.


IDF's First-Ever Submarine Rescue Exercise

Photo: IDF spokesperson

 Israeli navy (IDF) holds special exercises with their Italian counterparts in order to perfect joint methods for rescuing the crew of a sunken submarine, reports Ynet.   This type of exercise is rare among navies, and the first of its kind in Israel


U.S., Korea Conclude Exercise Clear Horizon

Exercise Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies that focus on increasing capabilities and coordination between ships, and aircraft in mine countermeasures in international waters surrounding the Korean peninsula Photo USN

   Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14, Detachment 1, and Mine Countermeasure Squadron (MCMRON) 7, completed the bilateral mine countermeasures exercise Clear Horizon with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, Nov. 13.  Exercise Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral


Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar JV is 5

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (Courtesy Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar)

  On 23 November 2015, Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar celebrated its first 5 years of operation. With 40 vessels delivered or under construction, the yard has proven its capability to support Qatar’s national strategy for economic diversification.


Gonzalez Passing Exercise with Turkish Navy

Guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) participates in a passing exercise with Turkish Navy ship TCG Gokceada (F-494) Photo USN

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) participated in a bilateral passing exercise (PASSEX), Dec. 11, with the Turkish Navy. PASSEXs are conducted to improve maritime capabilities between the U.S. Navy and other naval forces






 
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