EU NAVFOR has been bringing EU and regional
partners together to focus on counter-piracy and maritime
security as efforts continue to build on a more secure maritime
From 17th to 19th May 2018, the flagship of EU
NAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta, ITS Carlo Margottini, made a
logistic and operational stop in the port of Mombasa, Kenya,
after an intense period of counter-piracy patrolling along the
coast of Somalia.
She hosted a Maritime Security forum on board aimed at
supporting and encouraging regional governments that has seen
the recent establishment of the Kenya Coast Guard as a good
example of the development of maritime capacity.
During the forum EU NAVFOR Force Commander, Rear Admiral
Simone Malvagna, highlighted that:
"More security and awareness of the maritime situation
throughout the region is essential to overcome the barriers of
illegality and being able to use the precious resources of the
He added that: "in November this year we will see an
International Conference on the Blue Economy here in Kenya".
EU Deputy Ambassador Mr. Bruno Pozzi of the EU Delegation in
Kenya, the Italian Deputy Ambassador Dr. Angela Loi and members
of Defence and Foreign Relations Committee of the Kenyan
Parliament were received on board the Margottini.
The results achieved so far by Operation Atalanta and the EU
Critical Maritime Route Indian Ocean project (EU CRIMARIO) were
The guests showed interest in the activities of the naval and
air units of EU NAVFOR around the Horn of Africa and the Indian
They followed with interest a presentation on the recent
developments of CRIMARIO’s project, aimed at strengthening
maritime safety and security in the Indian Ocean region.
The project supports coastal countries through a web-based
information-sharing tool, the Indian Ocean Regional Information
Sharing and Incident Management (IORIS-IM) network, which
enables collaboration with regional partners and a resulting
increase in maritime situational awareness.
During the port visit, ITS Margottini carried out
humanitarian initiatives aimed to support the civilian
population through donation of food and medicines to local
health and welfare structures.
The Margottini provided aid to the ‘Mahali Pa Usalama’ Rescue
Centre, an infant rehabilitation centre for victims of sexual
At the end of the visit, the Margottini set sail to continue
her mission, with a focus on freedom of navigation to
international merchant vessels, maritime security and the
deterrence of piracy in the Indian Ocean region.
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EU NAVFOR ships and commanders meeting in the Indian Ocean
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