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Somali Pirate Attack on VLCC Repelled


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

Suspects Apprehended in 2014's First Pirate Attack


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

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

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

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)

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

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

New Counter-Piracy Force Flagship on Station

HNLMS Johan de Witt: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

The Dutch Landing Platform Dock 'HNLMS Johan de Witt' has joined the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta. For the next 4 months, Johan de Witt will be the EU Naval Force flagship, hosting the Force Commander, Commodore Peter Lenselink, and his multinational staff on board. HNLMS Johan de Witt is a Landing Platform Dock, 176.5 metres in length and 16,948 tonnes displacement. She can accommodate up to 600 persons and has many different assets

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

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

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

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.  

Collective Efforts Helped Curtail Piracy Attacks


  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

Sea Breeze 2015 Kicks off in Odesa

Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. James G. Foggo III (center) speaks with Ghanaian Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur (right) at the closing ceremony for Exercise Obangame Express in Accra, Ghana, March 27, 2015.

  Maritime forces from 11 nations kicked off the U.S.-Ukraine co-hosted multinational exercise Sea Breeze 2015 in Odesa, Ukraine and the Black Sea, Sept. 1. Sea Breeze, now in its 14th iteration, is an annual exercise held in Odesa, Ukraine and the the Black Sea which seeks to enhance

Iranian Ship, Crew Escape Captivity off Somali Coast

An Iranian fishing vessel and its crew have escaped after being held captive for five months by Somali fishermen, maritime piracy experts said on Friday, but it was not clear how many crew members had escaped. Jaber, an Iranian fishing vessel believed to have up to 19 crew

CSG8 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Rear Adm. Robert Burke, right, is relieved by Rear Adm. Daryl Caudle as Commander, Submarine Group EIGHT (CSG 8) during a change of command on U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Capodichino July 29, 2015.

  Rear Adm. Robert  Burke turned over command of Submarine Group EIGHT (CSG8) to Rear Adm. Daryl Caudle, during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, July 29, 2015. Presiding at the change of command ceremony were Commander, U.S

China's Navy Drills in South China Sea

China said it conducted air and sea drills in the South China Sea on Tuesday as it stakes an increasingly assertive claim to virtually the whole sea despite rival claims by neighbours. The live-ammunition drills involved more than 100 ships, dozens of aircraft

U.S. 3rd Fleet Shifts Command

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, left, assumes command of U.S. 3rd Fleet from Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet change of command and retirement ceremony

  Vice Adm. Nora Tyson relieved Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd as commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet during a change of command and retirement ceremony held on Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while pierside at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego July 24.

Disabled Ship Towed into Port of Djibouti


Operation Atalanta warships assist stricken Italian merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden   Italian merchant vessel MV Altinia was towed into the Port of Djibouti after encountering engine problems which left the ship adrift in the Gulf of Aden.  

US Navy Promotes Security in South China Sea

U.S. Navy photo

The U.S. Navy reports its Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) has continued to patrol the South China Sea since the end of May 2015 in support of security and stability in the region, a major sea line of worldwide communication for commercial shipping traffic  

EU NAVFOR Consults Somali Fisherman

(Photo: EU NAVFOR)

Sailors from Operation Atalanta Warship ITS Libeccio speak to local fishermen about European Union’s efforts to deter Somali piracy   Sailors from Operation Atalanta warship ITS Libeccio met local Somali fishermen at sea during a counter-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden.  

Turkey Completes Ay-class Submarines Upgrade

AY Class Submarine. Photo by STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş

 Turkey has completed upgrades on two Ay-class submarines, contractor STM, an Ankara-based defense technologies company, said.   The modernization project comprising renewal of Electronic Support, Attack and Search Periscopes and Inertial Navigation Systems has been carried out by STM

North Korea Fires Anti-Ship Missiles

Photo: Korean Central News Agency

 North Korea has test-fired newly deployed anti-ship rockets -  three short-range KN-01 type missiles - with a reported range of 120km just weeks after the country claimed it tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile, , the North's media said.  

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