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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.


‘Aggressive’ Russian Aircraft Buzz by US Warship

U.S. Navy photo

A U.S. destroyer vessel operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft on April 11 and 12, the U.S. Navy announced, calling the encounter “unsafe”, “aggressive” and “unprofessional”.  


Pirates Attack Containership off Nigeria

Turquoise. Photo: CMA CGM

 Pirates have attacked the Liberian-flagged 4,360 TEU CMA CGM Turquoise, kidnapping two crew members off the coast of Nigeria, with the remainder of the crew said to be safe.   Turquoise, managed by Dioryx Maritime Corp. in Greece


France to Help Libya with Naval Security

Image: French Navy

 France has expressed its willingness to help Libya’s new unity government with maritime security as the fledgling administration seeks to assert its authority over the chaos-wracked country, reports AFP.   "We must wait for [Libyan] Prime Minister [Fayez Sarraj] to tell us


Philippines: Coordinated Patrols Needed to Protect Shipping

The Philippines has been discussing coordinated naval patrols on its southern maritime borders with Indonesia and Malaysia to protect shipping after attacks and kidnappings by Islamist militants, its foreign minister said on Thursday. Indonesia is trying to free about 14 of its citizens seized


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


DARPA All Set To Launch Submarine Hunting Drone

The concept for the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, an unmanned seafaring ship that would hunt quiet diesel submarines. Courtesy of DARPA

 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will launch in April a sleek, 132-foot warship from Portland, OR, testing its abilities over a succeeding period of 18 months. The ship is entirely autonomous, fully operational without an onboard crew.  


Libyan Navy Seizes Foreign Tanker

Libyan Assad class missile corvette Photo Libyan Navy

Libyan naval forces have seized a Sierra Leone-flagged oil tanker on suspicion of illegally entering Libyan waters in an attempt to smuggle gasoline, authorities said on Saturday. The vessel, the Captain Khayyam, was stopped in Libyan waters on Friday night 25 miles northwest of Zuwarah city


This Day In Naval History - February 19

The crew assigned to the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) bring her to life as they board the newly commissioned Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine at Naval Submarine Base Groton, Conn., February 19, 2005. (U.S. Navy photo: Roadell Hickman)

1900 - President William McKinley signs an Executive Order placing Tutuila (Samoa) and nearby islands under the Navy Department.   1942 - The Japanese attack Darwin, Australia in the largest attack by a foreign power on that country. USS Peary (DD 226)


US Bolsters Navy Alliance with Korea

Rear. Adm. Bill Byrne, commander U.S. Naval Forces Korea; Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander, U.S. Forces Korea; VAdm. Ki-sik Lee, commander Republic of Korea Fleet; Maj. Gen. James Walton, director of transformation and re-stationing for U.S. Forces Korea; Hon. Mark Lippert, U.S. ambassador to the ROK; Jung Gyung-jin, mayor of Busan for administrative affairs and Lee Jong-cheol, Nam-gu district mayor (U.S. Navy photo by Jermaine M. Ralliford)

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony February 19, officially opening its headquarters in Busan and ushering in a new era of U.S. and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) alliance.    The ceremony, attended by dignitaries and senior U.S


New Era of US, ROK Navy Alliance Begins in Busan

Ceremony marking  opening of CNFKs new headquarters building in Busan since their relocation from Seoul. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Jermaine M. Ralliford

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 19, officially opening its headquarters in Busan and ushering in a new era of U.S. and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) alliance. The ceremony, attended by dignitaries and senior U.S


Submarine Warfare: NATO Strengthens Anti-Sub Skills

Public Affairs Office: Allied Maritime Command

NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2016 (DYMA 16) began today off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 8 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.


Commander, Task Force 64 Established

The official party renders honors as U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Color Guard parades colors during the Commander, Task Force 64 (CTF 64) command establishment ceremony at U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples Photo USN

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa established Commander, Task Force 64, a command focused on Ballistic Missile Defense in Europe, in ceremony held in Naples Italy. Commodore Jeffrey Wolstenholme assumed command of the newly established Commander, Task Force 64 (CTF 64) during a ceremony held on U


Somali Pirates on trial in Paris

Rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and other armaments lay on the deck of USS Cape St. George (CG 71) after being confiscated during an early-morning engagement with suspected pirates. Cape St. George and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) were fired upon while preparing to board a suspect vessel operating in international waters off the coast of Somalia. One suspect was killed and 12 were taken into custody. Coalition forces conduct maritime security operations to ensure security and safety in international w

Seven Somali men accused of hijacking a French yacht in an assault in which its owner was killed and his wife abducted in the Arabian Sea four years ago appeared before a French court on Tuesday, all facing life sentences.   The men have not been charged with homicide


Bulgarian Navy to Add Two New Ships by 2022

Bulgaria's navy is preparing to acquire two fully equipped multifunctional ships by 2022 in a deal estimated to cost about 820 million levs ($477.80 million), Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on Thursday.   The Balkan country's government approved on Wednesday plans to buy new military






 
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