A key role for the EU Naval Force is to protect World Food Programme (WFP) vessels carrying humanitarian aid to the Somali people from possible pirate attack. On Monday 22 December the EUROMARFOR flagship ITS Andrea Doria took on the important duty of escorting WFP ship, MV Liberty, 500 nautical miles from Mombasa to Mogadishu.Read more
In this truly special time, we recall humanity and community, the true pillars of civilization, the only ones that can offer us a good present and an auspicious future.
In this time of renewal, reflection, opportunity, sharing, be higher. We warmly hope that this spirit transforms itself into such will that flood the future with the best colors and the biggest smiles. We will do our best and EUROMARFOR will remain at sea for peace.
We at EUROMARFOR wish you an astonishing Happy New Year!Read more
During their recent port visit to Djibouti, on 30 December 2014, ESPS Rayo (warship of EUROMARFOR task group integrated in EU Naval task force) welcomed the Spanish Chief of Defence Staff, General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez, on board.
The Spanish Fleet Admiral, Admiral Santiago Bolíbar Piñeiro, actual EUROMARFOR Operational Commander (COMEUROMARFOR) was also on board, so did the Spanish Joint Operations Commander, Admiral Teodoro Lopez Calderon.Read more
During what is the festive season for many, ITS Andrea Doria, has remained at sea conducting counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia. The Italian Navy destroyer has spent time escorting a World Food Programme (WFP) vessel along the East coast of Somalia to protect it from possible pirate attack.Read more
On Sunday 21 December whilst conducting counter-piracy patrols, Spanish Navy warship, ESPS Rayo, met local seafarers in the Gulf of Aden.
This is the third meeting that the crew from ESPS Rayo has carried out with local fishermen since her departure from Spain. ESPS Rayo belongs to EUROMARFOR Task Group, integrated in the EU Task Force, that is fighting against piracy in the Horn of Africa.Read more
During the morning of 19th December, EUROMARFOR warship ESPS Rayo (unit of EU Naval Force) and the South Korean destroyer ROKS Daejoyeong met at sea to to enhance the relationship between EU Naval Force warships and those of other task forces operating in the area.Read more
On 16 December, during her port visit to Antsiranana, the EUROMARFOR flagship (and EU Naval Force flagship), ITS Andrea Doria, conducted Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB) training with personnel from the Madagascan Navy.Read more
On Monday 15 December, during her port visit to Djibouti, EUROMARFOR warship (within EU Naval Force) ESPS Rayo conducted Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB) training in support of and in coordination with, the EU maritime capacity building mission, EU CAP Nestor.Read more
On 10 December 2014, Spanish Navy warship (ESPS) NAVARRA started her trip back home, after completing a deployment in Atalanta Operation. ESPS NAVARRA had been integrated in EUROMARFOR task group, which is the major contributor with assets to the EU Naval Force in the Indian Ocean.Read more
On Monday 8 December Spanish warship ESPS Rayo joined EUROMARFOR and then the EU Naval Force. The ship will be deployed at sea in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden for the next 6 months.Read more
On Friday, 5th December, the EUROMARFOR task group ships meet at sea. The Spanish frigate Navarra rendezvoused off the coast of Somalia with the EUROMARFOR flagship Andrea Doria. These two EUROMARFOR ships are integrated in the EUNAVFOR task force and ITS Andrea Doria is the flagship.Read more
Over the past few weeks, the EUROMARFOR warship ESPS Navarra (In the EUNAVFOR task force), has carried out several friendly approaches to fishing dhows off the northern coast of Somalia.Read more
On 2 December the Flagship of EU Naval Force ITS Andrea Doria paid a port visit to Djibouti. Rear Admiral Rando visited Brigadier-General Philippe Montocchio, the Commander of French Forces in Djibouti.Read more
During their recent port visit to Dar es Salaam, the EU Naval Force flagship (EUROMARFOR flagship), ITS Andrea Doria conducted Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB) training with personnel from the Tanzanian People’s Defence Force. The trRead more
On the 25th of November 2014, EUROMARFOR participated in the "Youth and European Defense” forum that has been organised by the French Defense Commission “Youth and Defense” in the French “Ecole Militaire” in Paris.Read more
The Council has extended the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta by two more years, until 12 December 2016. The Operation’s main focus is the protection of World Food Programme vessels delivering humanitarian aid to Somalia; and the deterrence, repression and disruption of piracy off the Somali coast. In addition, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activities off the coast of Somalia.Read more
Spanish Navy’s Meteoro class Offshore patrol vessel Rayo P42 waved goodbye to its Las Palmas Naval Base this morning. The vessel started its journey to the Indian Ocean where it will participate in EU NAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta under EUROMARFOR flag.Read more
On Monday 10th November, the EUROMARFOR Flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, and the Chinese Flagship CNS Changbaishan met at sea in the Gulf of Aden.
The Commander of Chinese Naval Escort Task Group 989, Rear Admiral Zhuang Chuanshu, and the Commanding Officer of CNS Changbaishan, Captain Deng Xianwu, took the opportunity to visit the EU Flag Ship and to conduct a courtesy visit on the Commander of EUROMARFOR Task Group and EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Guido Rando. This was the second time that the force commanders were able to meet at sea since Rear Admiral Rando assumed the Force Command of EU Naval Force in August 2014.Read more
On Sunday 9 November the Spanish Ambassador to Oman, His Excellency Mr Juan José Urtasun, paid a visit to ESPS Navarra during her port visit to Muscat, Oman. Port visits such as this are an opportunity to resupply the Spanish warship with food and storRead more