The week ending 8th January was marked by huge milestones for the Operation Atalanta-the the European Union counter-piracy military operation on the sea off the Horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean.
Operation Atalanta’s flagship ITS Carabiniere, Spanish warship ESPS Victoria and USNS Laramie were involved in Replenishment at Sea (RAS) which is among the most tasking efforts at sea during patrol.
Aircraft staffers and the technical team of ITS Carabiniere and ESPS Victoria’s helicopter were exposed to flight deck landing training exercise.
The counter-piracy off the Horn of Africa by the European Union Navy force was started in 2012 to eradicate piracy many by the Al Shabaab militants of the Western Indian Ocean waters. Operation Atalanta has over time provided military training involving various exercises that equip the personnel with necessary skills.
The week ending January 8th was marked by milestones in the training with two key activities taking place;
- Flight deck landing operations on the ITS Carabiniere by ESPS Victoria helicopter
- Combined Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with two warships being refueled at the same time.
A Spanish SH-60B Navy helicopter made history after successfully landing on the Italian operation Atalanta flagship warship provides technical and logistical training for the staffers which are very relevant in evacuation and supplies operation during a counter-piracy operation.
ITS Carabiniere, Spanish warship ESPS Victoria and USNS Laramie carried out one of the most complex procedures- Replenishment at Sea (RAS) that involves fueling two warship simultaneously. RAS is a complex procedure that involves high level co-ordination in the fuel delivery to both ships at a minimal time.
Operation Atalanta together with the US marine ships deployed in the Horn of Africa coast have reduce piracy in the region by maintain high maritime presence and I turn strengthening the maritime security in the region.