EU NAVFOR Force Commander Thanks German Maritime Air Patrol Team for Invaluable Contribution to Operation Atalanta off Coast of Somalia.
EU NAVFOR Force Commander Thanks German Maritime Air Patrol Team for Invaluable Contribution to Operation Atalanta off Coast of Somalia. During an aerial patrol the aircraft is able to fly over large areas of the Somali coastline and importantly, monitor beaches that have previously been used by pirates to plan attacks.
The aircrew can also capture high quality imagery of dhows and skiffs that are deemed to be acting suspiciously and pass this information to the Force Commander on board ESPS Galicia, who will then assess the situation and take action as necessary.
Together we not only improved the operational capabilities of the Detachment, we also provided front line support to the Force Commander and importantly, helped to keep seafarers safe. I am extremely proud of my highly motivated and professional team who have worked tirelessly to deter acts of piracy.”
Before EU NAVFOR’s German P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) and its detachment of 85 personnel depart their current base in Djibouti to fly home to Germany later this week, Force Commander, Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas, took to opportunity to meet the crew to thank them for their outstanding support.