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Nato Commander meets Chinese Counterpart in Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 gennaio 2012

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Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Commander of the NATO Counter Piracy Mission Operation Ocean Shield, met with his Chinese counterpart Rear Admiral LI Shihong. They paid reciprocal visits to each others’ flagships on the same day while the Chinese Task Group ships were escorting a convoy and the NATO flagship, TCG Giresun was patrolling through the Gulf of Aden. During these warm and constructive meetings both Commanders had an opportunity to share information and experiences about their counter piracy operations, learn more of each other’s capabilities and also discuss matters of mutual concern in how to tackle piracy. Speaking about the visits, Rear Admiral Sinan Azmi TOSUN stated “the Chinese Navy has supported the counter piracy efforts by providing escorts to merchant vessels passing through the region in cooperation with other navies. These escort missions support provided by other actors in theatre allow NATO maritime forces to fight against piracy in different ways such as intercepting any upcoming threat to the maritime community which increase the effectiveness of our mutual efforts. We both expressed our determination to improve the cooperation between NATO and Chinese units.

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NATO Commander meets Russian Counterpart in Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 gennaio 2012

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Yesterday, Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Commander of the NATO Counter Piracy Mission Operation Ocean Shield, visited the Commander of Russian Warship Detachment of Russian Pacific Fleet, Captain 1st Rank Ildar AHMEROV on board his flagship ADMIRAL TRIBUTS in the Gulf of Aden. The Russian Federation warship, as part of its counter piracy operation, was escorting a merchant vessel convoy and passed the area where the NATO flagship TCG GIRESUN was patrolling. In addition to an exchange of briefings and a ship tour, the visit programme also allowed for open discussion and that opportunity was eagerly used. During a constructive meeting both sides shared information on their counter piracy operations and discussed possible opportunities to conduct training which will enable interoperability between NATO and Russian ships. Commanders expressed their clear determination to improve coordination which allows different task forces to tackle the piracy problem together. Following the meeting, Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN said, “We had a fruitful meeting. Our meeting will certainly help us to work together to tackle piracy in the region. We are all actors in the same area and good cooperation between our forces will enhance the effectiveness in keeping the shipping lanes safe as well as mutual understanding of the NATO and Russian units.”
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international actors to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.

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Nato Warship Disrupts Another Pirate Ship

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 gennaio 2012

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RFA Fort Victoria, part of NATO’s counter piracy task force Operation Ocean Shield has successfully disrupted a suspected pirate vessel looking to launch attacks on merchant vessels transiting through the Gulf of Aden.
On Thursday 12 January, USS Carney also part of Operation Ocean Shield discovered and tracked a suspected pirate vessel. Early on Friday 13th January, RFA Fort Victoria along with her embarked helicopter was tasked to intercept the suspected pirate vessel. At first light, Fort Victoria launched her helicopter to investigate the suspected pirate vessel. In order to stop the vessel, the helicopter fired several rounds of various warning shots. A Royal Marines boarding team in fast boats approached the vessel and successfully boarded it. Shortly after the Marines approached, the pirates surrendered moving to the front of their ship with their hands up. A thorough search of the vessel revealed numerous weapons including RPG launchers and machine guns. At this time the suspected pirates are still on the vessel and investigations are still ongoing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for prosecution. This is the third successful disruption of a pirate action group operating from a pirated mothership in the last seven days. This demonstrates NATO’s capability to track and stop target vessels by using information from the various maritime counter piracy forces operating in the area.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own. Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is permanently assigned to NATO. It is a multi-national Naval Group that provides the NATO Alliance with the ability to quickly respond to crisis situations anywhere in the world. A stand-alone task group and one of four standing maritime elements that form a flexible core around which NATO can build a larger force to meet a wide range of missions that will include non

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Nato and CMF Commanders Meet At Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 dicembre 2011

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On 14th December Rear Admiral Sinan Azmi TOSUN Commander of NATO’s Counter Piracy Force, hosted the Task Force Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Rear Admiral (UH) Kaleem SHAUKAT SI (Pakistan Navy).
The two Commanders met on board the NATO flagship, TCG GIRESUN, in the Gulf of Aden to discuss matters of mutual concerns such as cooperation in the most effective deployment of ships and aircraft in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. Rear Admiral TOSUN emphasized the importance of meeting with other actors in the counter piracy missions: “Personal relations have proven one of the keys to success in maritime cooperation. I am very pleased to host Rear Admiral Kaleem SHAUKAT SI on my flagship. It was extremely useful to meet face-to-face and share our thoughts on how to tackle piracy in the most effective way through coordination of the assets we have. As the main actors in this vast area, these kinds of constructive meetings help us to enhance the level of coordination.” Both CMF and NATO are undertaking operations to deter and disrupt piracy activities in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. Due to the huge size of the operating area, counter piracy is a joint and combined effort. Besides CMF, NATO works in partnership with the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and independent navies such as China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation. As maritime forces and the commercial maritime community have worked together we have seen the pirates’ success rate decrease significantly. In 2009, 45 ships were hijacked in the region; so far in 2011, only 21 ships have been hijacked effectively halving the number of ships taken. This is a tangible result of the work that NATO and its partners have been involved in for the past three years in the region. Pirates should not be under the illusion that the Christmas season is a good time to launch pirate attacks – NATO ships will be patrolling just as they have done throughout the year.

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NATO Warship Disrupts Suspected Pirate Activities

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 dicembre 2011

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The NATO warship USS De Wert prevented a suspected pirate dhow from engaging in acts of piracy and forced it back to the Somali coast making further acts of piracy impossible at this time. While engaged in a replenishment at sea, USS De Wert received intelligence reports that a dhow acting suspiciously was in the vicinity and looked to be preparing to conduct acts of piracy. USS De Wert was tasked with locating and tracking the dhow while being prepared to conduct a boarding the following morning. At first light, USS De Wert closed the range to the dhow in preparation to board the vessel, but a high sea state was not conducive for a safe boarding. USS De Wert continued to follow the vessel at close range as it proceeded back to the Somali coast, where it could be contained and prevented from patrolling the sea for victims. This disruption will cost the suspected pirates valuable lost time, and assets from unsuccessfully deploying an action group. “Although no suspected pirates have been taken into custody at this time, the outcome is equally successful. USS De Wert was able to intercept the suspected pirates and disrupt their actions before they were able to locate and hijack any merchant vessels transiting the seas. Furthermore, it demonstrates NATO’s ability to coordinate multiple assets in locating, identifying and disrupting the threat at sea. USS De Wert has done an excellent job.” Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Commander of the NATO counter piracy mission Operation Ocean Shield, commented on the action.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own. Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) is multi-national Naval Group that provides the NATO Alliance with the ability to respond quickly to crisis situations anywhere in the world. It is a capable, stand-alone task group and one of four Standing Maritime Elements that form a flexible core around which NATO can build a larger force to meet a wide range of missions. These include non-combatant evacuations, consequence management, counter terrorism, crisis response and embargo operations. Its command rotates amongst the contributing nations and SNMG 2 is currently commanded by Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Turkish Navy.

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Turkey Assumes Command of NATO’s Counter Piracy Task Force

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 dicembre 2011

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Yesterday, Rear Admiral Sinan Azmi TOSUN (Turkish Navy), assumed the command of Operation Ocean Shield, NATO’s counter piracy force, from Rear Admiral Gualtiero MATTESI (Italian Navy) who completed a 6-month deployment in the region.
As the handover was completed, Rear Admiral Sinan Azmi TOSUN stated “I am extremely proud to take over command of such a task force from my predecessor, Rear Admiral Gualtiero MATTESI. I would like to thank Rear Admiral MATTESI and his distinguished staff for the excellent job they have done over the period of last six months. They can be really proud of having played a considerable part in contributing to the decline in pirate activity in the Gulf of Aden in recent months. We had a smooth operational handover and now we are ready to continue this important task as NATO’s counter piracy Task Force. Powerful and resolute units under my command will continue to fight against piracy with the same enthusiasm in order to safeguard the merchant community on behalf of NATO during the next six-month period. I wish Rear Admiral MATTESI and his staff a safe trip back home and to their loved ones.”
During their deployment RAdm Mattesi and his flagship, the ITS Andrea Doria rescued 26 members of the crew of the Motor Vessel Pacific Express which had been hijacked by pirates. Just three weeks later, the flagship freed the 18 crew of the Italian Motor Vessel Montecristo which had been pirated but which was intercepted and freed soon after. Three days later ITS Andrea Doria stopped the mother ship that launched the skiffs responsible for the attack and arrested 15 suspected pirates who are now awaiting trial in Italy.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own. Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) is permanently assigned to NATO. It is a multi-national Naval Group that provides the NATO Alliance with the ability to respond quickly to crisis situations anywhere in the world. It is a capable, stand-alone task group and one of four Standing Maritime Elements that form a flexible core around which NATO can build a larger force to meet a wide range of missions. These include non-combatant evacuations, consequence management, counter terrorism, crisis response and embargo operations. Its command rotates amongst the contributing nations and SNMG 2 is currently commanded by Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Turkish Navy.

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Nato and pirate activity

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 ottobre 2011

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NATO’s counter piracy flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, has just completed a successful port visit to the Seychelles between September 30 and October 4, 2011. This visit focused on NATO’s cooperation with the Seychelles Coast Guard and other key actors involved in combating piracy, as pirate activity is increasing after the monsoon season. The commander of NATO’s counter piracy taskforce, Rear Admiral Gualtiero Mattesi engaged in a series of meetings with the Seychelles Defence Forces and local authorities to discuss cooperation between Victoria and NATO in the field of counter piracy. This is NATO’s eighth visit to Port Victoria in 2011. Previous port visits this year have been opportunities for NATO and the Seychelles to share experiences and to conduct mutual counter piracy exercises. On this last occasion, Rear Admiral Mattesi and his staff visited the Seychelles’ Coast Guards and Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), two organisations deeply committed to counter piracy efforts in the Indian Ocean.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own. Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is presently assigned to NATO. It is a multi-national Naval Group that provides the NATO Alliance with the ability to quickly respond to crisis situations anywhere in the world. A capable, stand-alone task group and one of four standing maritime elements that form a flexible core around which NATO can build a larger force to meet a wide range of missions that will include non-combatant evacuations, consequence management, counter terrorism, crisis response, embargo operations, etc. http://www.manw.nato.int

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NATO Chief Warns of Increasing Pirate Activity

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 ottobre 2011

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London. In the last few days the number of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia has increased highlighting the fact that now the monsoon is weakening, the pirates are once again ready to attack merchant ships transiting through the Indian Ocean. MC Northwood’s Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Hank Ort (NLD N) states, “in the last few years, it has been the case that come October when the South West monsoon weakens, the pirates have been able to put to sea and we have seen the number of attacks on merchant vessels increase. We are warning vessels that reports show that there are pirate groups operating already in the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden. Merchant vessels should ensure that Best Management Practices are followed and that vessels continue to make it as difficult as possible for pirates to board and take control of their ships. Our Naval forces are not complacent and remain vigilant. Despite the lull in pirate attacks over the summer due to the monsoon they have continued to patrol throughout the region.” During the last week of September, there were three attacks and one approach in the Southern Red Sea (SRS), two incidents of suspicious activity in the Gulf of Aden (GOA), one incident of suspicious activity in the Arabian Sea and a disruption of a whaler Pirate Action Group (PAG) in the central Somali Basin. Increased pirate activity continued over the weekend with three ships reporting attacks on Sunday 2nd October in the Gulf of Aden, Southern Somali Basin and Arabian Sea. All three are safe having managed to repel the pirates. The ships did have security teams on board and were aware of self protection measures. Version 4 of Best Management Practices for merchant ships (BMP4) has been released and provides useful updates to masters in implementing Ship Protection Measures to deter piracy. The new publication is designed in a well-organised layout with greater clarification of terminology and procedures. The changes from BMP3 to BMP4 are based on lessons learned from ships’ masters and provide guidance on HOW to implement the recommended practices. BMP4 can be downloaded from the NATO Shipping Centre websitewww.shipping.nato.int where you will find information about the latest pirate attacks and where they occurred.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.
Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is permanently assigned to NATO. It is a multi-national Naval Group that provides the NATO Alliance with the ability to quickly respond to crisis situations anywhere in the world. A capable, stand-alone task group and one of four standing maritime elements that form a flexible core around which NATO can build a larger force to meet a wide range of missions that will include non-combatant evacuations, consequence management, counter terrorism, crisis response, embargo operations, etc.

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Pirate activity

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 16 agosto 2011

Today, the new, improved NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) website goes live providing more comprehensive and timely information about pirate activity around the Horn of Africa for the shipping community. Having received a briefing on the news website, the Commander of MC Northwood, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE said; “Piracy is a serious threat for the shipping community and anything that can be done to deal with and overcome this issue is to be welcomed. The NATO Shipping Centre has listened to their users and responded to their needs with a new, more interactive and relevant website demonstrating that NATO and the shipping community are working together to tackle the scourge of piracy.” Over the past few months, new products have been developed specifically for the website with the aim of ensuring that the shipping community has relevant information a click away. A new fully scalable map covering the Gulf of Aden, Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean plots the latest pirate attacks allowing vessels to avoid pirate hot spots. Electronic forms which are easier to complete will allow information processing to be quicker and surveys will make the site more interactive. The layout of the site has been simplified, giving a more professional structure and layout. Contact details for the NSC remain the same. The web address is http://www.shipping.nato.int and you can call on +44(0)1923 956764. The NSC has been in operation since 2001 and is the Alliance’s primary point of contact for commercial shipping. At present, its main focus in NATO’s counter piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield. Since its inception, the NSC has participated in several NATO maritime operations such as Operation Active Endeavour (counter terrorism in the Mediterranean) and Operation Unified Protector off the coast of Libya. (pirate)

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Seaman in the Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 luglio 2010

Puntland authorities contacted the NATO flagship HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën requesting aid for the dhow, Al Anwari. The dhow reportedly with a crew of 19, which was sailing from Oman to Boosaaso, had sunk off the North Eastern coast of Somalia.   A US Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), conducting counter piracy missions in the area, was asked by the Commander of Task Force 508 to fly to the last known location of the Al Anwari to investigate. Upon arrival the MPA saw oil and debris in the water and found a life raft with people in it and others in the surrounding water, waving a flag.  USS Elrod, which was also in the area, was assigned to participate in the search and rescue. She deployed her Seahawk helicopter, which arrived to find eleven people in a life raft and five people in a skiff (small boat). The helicopter rescued the seamen in two groups of eight and brought them on board of USS Elrod. The NATO warship TCG Gelibolu assisted in the rescue. Until it was confirmed the total crew consisted of those sixteen people found, the USS Elrod and TCG Gelibolu searched the area.   Commodore Hijmans, CTF 508, said, “Recent meetings by my predecessor between counter piracy forces and Puntland officials have led to a good working relationship. This relationship was used today in rescuing the crew of the Al Anwari. The USS Elrod did a terrific job with their helicopter.”  The Puntland authorities were very grateful to NATO and the USS Elrod and a Puntland spokesperson said “I can’t express in words how everyone in Puntland who has heard this good information about the survivors is happy and acknowledge your untiring efforts and 24/7 readiness not only to fight Pirates and Piracy activities but to save the lives of  traders and innocent people when they are in need and /or their life is in between death and life.”
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.  The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider to protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector.  In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is offering  countries in the region, upon their request, to help develop their own capacity to combat piracy.  This complements the existing international efforts as coordinated with the Contact Group on Piracy off the coast of Somalia (CGPCS).

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NATO returns to counter piracy mission

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 aprile 2009

NATO ships will resume their counter piracy mission earlier than planned and will make their way back to the Gulf of Aden this week.  With the great increase in pirate attacks, and the ensuing international concern, NATO’s recent contribution to the international counter piracy effort has been significant. NATO nations have revised their plan for Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), cancelling their port visits to Singapore and Australia and directed the Group to continue its important counter piracy mission, Operation Allied Protector, in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa. This mission will now patrol these dangerous waters until 28 June.  Cdr Chris Davies, Chief Public Affairs Officer at MCC Northwood said: “There is now a global recognition that piracy is a cancer and NATO intends to play its part in countering the effects of these criminal activities. Using NATO’s 60 years of experience in alliance building, SNMG1 will recommence its cooperation and coordination with other actors in the area.”  Regarding a longer-term solution – at the Strasbourg summit on 4 April, NATO leaders stated “The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia plays an important role in order to facilitate coordination among all actors involved. Addressing the root causes of piracy requires a comprehensive approach by the international community. We are considering options for a possible long-term NATO role to combat piracy, including by taking into account, as appropriate, regional requests for maritime capacity-building.”

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