EU NAVFOR Somalia (Operation Atalanta): statements on the taking of leading of EU naval force against piracy by Spanish vessel Numancia
End production: 06/04/2009 First transmission: 06/04/2009
Commander Juan Garat Caramé took office as the new EU Force Commander of EU NAVFOR Somalia (Operation Atalanta) in the Gulf of Aden. The change of command ceremony took place on board the Spanish frigate Numancia in Djibouti. Commodore Antonios Papaioannou was the first EU Force Commander of the first naval operation ever conducted under the European Security and Defence Policy.
On 11 November 2008, the Council of the EU adopted a Joint Action on an EU military operation to contribute to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast: EU NAVFOR Somalia (Operation Atalanta). This operation contributes to: (a) the protection of vessels of the World Food Programme delivering food aid to displaced persons in Somalia, in accordance with the mandate laid down in UN Security Council Resolution 1814 (2008); (b) the protection of vulnerable vessels cruising off the Somali coast, and the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast, in accordance with the mandate laid down in UN Security Council Resolution 1816 (2008).
EU NAVFOR Somalia is an EU autonomous operation conducted under the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). It is the first naval operation launched by the EU. Rear-Admiral Philip Jones is EU Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR Somalia (Operation Atalanta). The EU Operational Headquarters is located at Northwood (United Kingdom).
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||Spanish Numancia (left) and Greek Psara (right) EU NAVFOR frigates side by side in Djibouti harbor (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Commander Juan Garat Caramé, new EU Force Commander of EU NAVFOR Somalia (Operation Atalanta), (in SPANISH): it is important for Spain to provide a command for this period of EU NAVFOR operation because from the very beginning Spain and France took the lead to organize this operation; it is reflected in providing many Spanish assets such as ships, aircrafts and also in the commanding structure.
||Soundbite by sailor Ruben Serrano (in SPANISH): I am sailor Serrano, I come from Galicia, Spain; it is my first mission here and I am very proud to be there on the flagship of the first European naval operation because it is very important for Spain.
||Soundbite by sailor Ruben Serrano (in SPANISH): we are prepared to fight against the pirates; our vessel has navigation radars and helicopters.
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