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NATO Warship Renders Assistance to Stricken Dhow

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 gennaio 2012

Over the weekend, ITS GRECALE, part of the NATO’s Counter Piracy Task Force Operation Ocean Shield, was tasked by NATO Task Force Commander to render assistance to the Iranian flagged dhow, Tahriri, which had reported an engine failure and was dead in the water. The dhow, with 5 Iranian and 9 Pakistani crew members, had recently been released from suspected Somali pirates by another NATO Task Force unit, HDMS ABSALON, on 7th January. On reaching the dhow, ITS GRECALE gave the crew food and water. Then a dedicated technical team worked through the night to fix the mechanical engine failure. Despite their best efforts, the ITS GRECALE team assessed that the engine was too badly damaged to repair at sea. NATO offered to transfer the crew to the closest port, but they chose to stay with their vessel. Tahriri’s crew said that after having assistance they felt safer and preferred to coordinate with their national authorities for further assistance. They expressed their appreciation for the assistance of the NATO warship.
ITS Grecale is remaining in the area to monitor the situation, ready to provide further assistance if required. 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.

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NATO Warship stops pirate attack group

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 dicembre 2011

London. The Royal Navy vessel, RFA Fort Victoria was patrolling in an area approximately 420 nautical miles from the Seychelles and 350 nautical miles from the Somali coast as part of NATO’s counter piracy task force 508.
Early that morning, she received information that a Spanish fishing vessel operating to the north of their position had come under attack from a group of pirate vessels to the North of their position. The ship’s Lynx helicopter was quickly despatched to investigate. Once at the scene, the helicopter identified two suspect vessels, a whaler and a skiff, in the vicinity of the fishing vessel. The faster of the two, a skiff, sped away at over 25 knots as the helicopter gave chase. When the skiff ignored orders to stop, the Lynx helicopter fired warning shots ahead of the fleeing vessel which stopped and the suspected pirates onboard were then transferred to Fort Victoria via boat. Fort Victoria’s Royal Marines boarding team then boarded the whaler and another skiff in the vicinity. As a result of the day’s action, a total of seven suspected pirates were detained onboard Fort Victoria along with their whaler as evidence, with no injuries being sustained by either side.
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.
NATO has announced its continuing commitment to counter-piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012. (FH110244007)

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Nato warship rescues m/v pacific express crew

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 settembre 2011

Andrea Doria (DDG 553)

Earlier today, NATO’s counter piracy flag ship, Italian Ship (ITS) Andrea Doria, rescued the crew of M/V Pacific Express, 180 nautical miles off the coast of Kenya. M/V Pacific Express had reported being under pirate attack on September 20, 2011. ITS Andrea Doria responded to the distress call and closed in on M/V Pacific Express during the night of September 20. After evaluating the situation, the NATO warship assessed that pirates were no longer on board. As heavy smoke was coming out of the M/V, ITS Andrea Doria decided to send a boarding team to evacuate the crew and rescued all 26 crewmembers (25 Filipinos and 1 Ukrainian) who had locked themselves inside the safety zone of the merchant ship. According to the crew, the fire was the result of the pirates’ attempts to force them out of their confinement. They also reported hearing gun shots and possibly a RPG being fired during their time in the safety zone. They suffered no injuries and are now being transferred to Mombasa. ITS Andrea Doria has been engaged in Operation “Ocean Shield” to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia under the command of Rear Admiral Gualtiero Mattesi since June 14, 2011.

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NATO warship intercepts pirate mother ship

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 Mag 2011

London: Last week, a fully equipped pirate action group heading from the Somali coast into the Indian Ocean was intercepted and disabled by the American warship USS BAINBRIDGE, part of NATO’s task force supporting Operation Ocean Shield, NATOs counter piracy mission. When hailed to stop by the USS BAINBRIDGE the pirates surrendered to the NATO warship without any shots being fired. Subsequently the crew of the dhow comprising 15 hostages were released.
Tasked with a surface search mission along the Somali coast to suppress pirate action groups and prevent them from putting to sea, the crew of USS BAINBRIDGE observed a suspicious dhow as she headed out to sea under the cover of darkness. Maintaining a strategic distance so as not to alert the suspected pirates to her presence the USS BAINBRIDGE followed the dhow until it was well off the coast of Somalia. At first light with the ship’s Seahawk helicopter providing air cover a boarding team from the US warship approached the dhow. On sighting the naval forces approaching their dhow the pirates quickly surrendered and USS BAINBRIDGE was able to establish communications with the master of the vessel. The Pakistani master claimed to have been pirated over six-months ago and his vessel used as a mother ship to attack merchant ships. During a search of the dhow to ensure that all pirates were accounted for the boarding team found fifteen Pakistani crewmembers and seven Somali pirates on board as well as seven fully loaded AK47 assault rifles, two Rocket Propelled Grenade launchers, seven grenades, and several ammunition canisters as well as ladders and grappling hooks used to climb aboard ships that are to be attacked. The pirates confirmed that they had replenished the day before with ten barrels of fuel. This tied in with earlier observations by the NATO warship which had seen several dhows at the pirate camp exchanging fuel barrels with small skiffs. All of the pirate paraphernalia and weapons were safely disposed of by the boarding team. Meanwhile, the crew of the dhow were given medical checks and sufficient diesel fuel to finally return to their homes after being held captive for so long.
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 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. NATO has announced its continuing commitment to counter-piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012.

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NATO Commander meets Russian Counterpart in Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 gennaio 2011

London: Commodore Michiel Hijmans, commander of the NATO counter piracy mission Operation Ocean Shield, met with Commander Podkopailo of the Russian task group at sea in the Gulf of Aden. The Russian Federation warship Admiral Vinogradov was escorting a convoy of merchant ships and passed the area where the NATO flagship HNLMS De Ruyter was patrolling.    During a constructive meeting both sides shared information on their counter piracy operations, discussed issues and possible opportunities to conduct operations and exercises as partners. Both Commanders showed their willingness to improve communications and tackle the piracy problem together, illustrating the improving relationship between NATO and the Russian federation, following the NATO Summit in Lisbon in November 2010.  The Russian Federation has been sending ships to the Gulf of Aden to protect shipping from piracy for several years now. They focus on escorting convoys from the Red Sea far into 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.

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Nato: Piracy mission handover

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 agosto 2010

Whilst NATO warships continue to patrol in the Gulf of Aden in the counter piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield, the two flagships from Standing NATO Maritime Groups 1 (SNMG1) and 2 (SNMG2) met in Djibouti for an operational handover. Since the 30th of June Commodore Michiel Hijmans (Royal Netherlands Navy) has been in charge of the NATO counter piracy Task Force and today he passed this command to Commodore Christian Rune (Royal Danish Navy).   On completion of the handover, Commodore Hijmans said: “Trying to locate and identify a small pirate skiff amongst large numbers of small craft conducting their legitimate business in one of the world busiest shipping lanes is a real challenge. It is a careful balancing act of concentrating our resources where they are most needed whilst providing protection and reassurance elsewhere and I am very confident that SNMG1, under the command of Commodore Rune, is up to the task. By rotating the groups, NATO demonstrates its commitment towards counter piracy operations.”   Upon assuming command of Operation Ocean Shield, Commodore Rune said: “My staff and I will do our outmost to keep up the good work done by Commodore Hijmans and SNMG2. It is an honourable task to contribute to the creation of a safer environment for all in this area. My staff and I are eager to start the work and establish good relationships with our counterparts in the region.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.   NATO has recently announced its continuing commitment to counter-piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012.  NATO Task Forces currently in Operation Ocean Shield:  HDMS ESBERN SNARE (Flagship) – Denmark HNLMS DE ZEVEN PROVINCIËN – The Netherlands USS KAUFFMAN – United States of America

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Nato warship makes dramatic rescue

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 Mag 2010

London: The crew from NATO Flagship HMS Chatham made a dramatic rescue of 23 seamen from a merchant vessel off the coast of Somalia.  The Royal Navy warship had been busy patrolling the sea area approximately 80 miles west of Socotra as part of NATO’s counter-piracy operation ‘Ocean Shield’ when the drama began early morning Thursday 20 May.  HMS Chatham’s Bridge team received a distress call from the Master of MV Dubai Moon, who said that his ship was caught in a tropical storm 90 miles south west of Socotra and struggling to make headway in extremely rough seas and high winds.  The warship immediately made best speed towards the merchantman.  As HMS Chatham made her way into the storm, the weather worsened into a tropical cyclone and the situation onboard Dubai Moon became even more perilous.  Listing heavily, with her cargo of vehicles crashing around the deck, she drifted ever closer to a small island off the coast.  It was only due to the tireless efforts of the Master that she avoided running aground.
The Master and HMS Chatham’s Commanding Officer, Commander Simon Huntingdon Royal Navy, spoke throughout the night trying to determine the best way to save the vessel.  At daybreak on Friday 21 May Dubai Moon dropped her anchors in an attempt to hold her position as by now she was getting ever closer to another, larger island, Jazirat Samhah.   Whilst her anchors did not take permanent hold, they prevented her from running aground onto a reef, which she cleared by less than 1000 yards before being pushed offshore by the wind.  As the day wore on the weather improved slightly, presenting HMS Chatham with an opportunity to rescue the crew. In very challenging conditions, the warship launched her Lynx helicopter and, in an operation which lasted for over 3 hours, the 23 seamen were winched by helicopter to safety from the MV Dubai Moon.  The relieved seamen were given hot drinks and blankets when they landed onboard HMS Chatham.  After the rescue, Hassan Madar the Ethiopian Master of the MV Dubai Moon said “Normally we operate close to the coast, but we had to go far out to sea to avoid pirates.  That meant we could not find shelter from the storm.  If we had not been rescued by the Royal Navy and NATO we would have died with my ship.  They were the only people to respond to our distress call; we owe them our lives.”
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.

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Nato warship destroys pirate vessels

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 aprile 2010

Turkish warship TCG GELIBOLU destroyed a group of pirate vessels over the weekend 280 miles North East of the Seychelles. The operation marked another success for NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield, and reflected the close co-operation that exists between the NATO Alliance and other international forces.  The pirate gang consisted of 13 pirates, in 3 vessels.  As well as weapons, in their boats they carried ladders, used to climb onboard vessels and other piracy related equipment. As the Turkish warship approached, the pirates threw their guns and ladders overboard and claimed they were innocent seafarers – although they were unable to explain what they were doing 820 miles from the Somali coast, with no fishing nets or legal cargo.
TCG GELIBOLU had sailed to the sea area having receiving maritime intelligence which indicated that pirate gangs were hunting for innocent merchant shipping.  Working closely with an EU Luxemburg maritime patrol aircraft, operating out of the Seychelles, they were able to locate the pirates and disrupt their illegal activity. The Commanding Officer of TCG GELIBOLU, Commander Baybars Kucukatay Turkish Navy said:  ‘The Turkish Navy working under NATO is proud to be able to save innocent merchant vessels from acts of piracy.  Despite a huge search area, we have shown there is no hiding place for pirates at sea. TCG GELIBOLU will eventually find them.’ (SNMG2 2010 14)

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NATO Warships Meet Piracy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 marzo 2010

“After busy months on patrol in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin, a task force of NATO warships today handed over their counter-piracy mission, (code-named Operation Ocean Shield) to the new task force of NATO ships which had sailed to the area to take up the mission.  NATO warships have been conducting counter piracy patrols off the Horn of Africa, an area of strategic importance, since October 2008 and today it was the turn of the 5 warships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, who currently come from the UK (flagship), Greece, Italy, Turkey and USA to pick up the baton of this ongoing mission. Speaking about the handover between the two NATO groups, which took place at Djibouti, NATO’s maritime commander, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar commented “The continuing presence of warships from the Standing NATO Maritime Groups, together with warships from the EU Naval Force, Combined Maritime Force and other nations such as Russia, China and India is essential if we are to combat the scourge of piracy.  Piracy has the potential to affect us all given that 95% of the world’s trade goes by sea.  As we have clearly demonstrated NATO is making a real impact in deterring and disrupting piracy”.    Speaking from his flagship ‘Absalon’, the commander of NATO’s Maritime Group One, Commodore Rune (Royal Danish Navy) said “The last few months have been extremely busy for the NATO task force.  We have, together with our maritime partners, actively disrupted and prevented attacks by armed pirate gangs on innocent vessels, who carry the goods and food into our countries.  Whilst I am proud of what we have achieved, NATO remains ever vigilant.”  Embarked in HMS Chatham, the commander of NATO’s Maritime Group 2 is Commodore Steve Chick (Royal Navy).  Commenting on his return to the area he said “My task group is well-trained, well-equipped and ready to tackle the job ahead”. Last week, the NATO nations decided to extend Operation Ocean Shield until the end of 2012.

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Nato warship hms chatham in mercy mission

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 febbraio 2010

London: Royal Navy warship HMS Chatham, deployed on NATO’s counter piracy mission Operation Ocean Shield, yesterday provided urgent medical assistance to a seriously ill merchant seaman in the Gulf of Aden.  The British frigate came to the rescue after the Master of the MV Zakynthos, a Liberian flagged oil tanker passing through the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC), radioed her to say that one of his Filipino crew had been suffering severe abdominal pain since Sunday 14 February and needed help.  HMS Chatham’s Medical Officer, Surgeon Lieutenant Sarah Droog, assessed it was most likely an appendicitis, which required urgent treatment.  HMS Chatham’s Commanding Officer, Commander Simon Huntington, quickly made the decision to dispatch Surgeon Lieutenant Droog to the Merchant Vessel in one of the Ship’s seaboats, so that she could provide some immediate care.  When the patient had been stabilised, the Ship’s Lynx helicopter, piloted by Lieutenant Pete Higgins was launched. Under difficult conditions, the helicopter’s crew winched the patient into the aircraft and transferred him safely to the Warship.  Once on board HMS Chatham he received continued medical care whilst best speed was made toward the port of Salalah in Oman.  Several hours later, once Salalah was in range for her helicopter, the stricken seaman was transferred by air from HMS Chatham, to a local hospital where he received the urgent medical treatment he needed.  Surgeon Lieutenant Droog later said “it was great to see the whole team working together to enable the safe transfer of this patient to hospital.  Humanitarian assistance is an important part of my role, especially in our current operating area and it’s good to be able to put all those skills into practice in challenging conditions.  We all wish the patient a very speedy recovery.”  Commander Huntington, said “For the second time in 2 weeks we have been called upon to render assistance to our fellow seafarers.  This is one of the many roles that we are performing daily as part of the NATO Task Force working to protect one of the world’s most important trade routes.  Our core business is maritime security and we are here to safeguard merchant shipping and the interests of law abiding mariners.  As my Ship’s Company have demonstrated today, we are trained and equipped to respond to rapidly changing circumstances wherever we are needed; that is what navies do.” (snmg)

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Nato warship Absalon saves ship from pirate attack

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 febbraio 2010

London: Danish warship HDMS Absalon, who is part of NATO’S counter piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden today rescued the cargo ship MV Ariella which came under attack by pirates. The master of the Ariella had sent out a may-day call that pirates, armed with guns had boarded his ship and he needed urgent assistance.  The crew had managed to lock themselves away in a safe room, enabling the NATO warship to send a team of specially trained forces to board the ship and regain control. The Commander of the NATO Maritime HQ in Northwood, London, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar commented “Absalon’s action today demonstrates NATO’s resolve to deter and disrupt piracy off the Horn of Africa.  Once NATO were absolutely sure that the crew onboard were safe, the decision was made to send in teams of trained specialists. I am also delighted with the ongoing co-ordination between our maritime partners, the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and Combined Maritime Force 151 (CMF151), together with maritime nations, such as the Russian and Indian navies who assisted in this successful operation”.  At the same time as NATO ship Absalon boarded Ariella, sailors from the Russian Navy ship Neustrashimyy, operating nearby, successfully boarded and detained a second pirate skiff.  NATO’s counter-piracy mission is code-named Operation Ocean Shield.  Commodore Rune (Royal Danish Navy) who is in charge of the NATO Task Force at sea in the Danish Flag ship Absalon, commented “NATO is making a significant contribution in the fight against piracy, but we recognise that there is still a lot of work to do”.  Since the NATO mission started, there has been a 50% drop in piracy incidents in the Gulf of Aden.

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