EU NAVFOR Trans­fers 11 Sus­pect­ed Pirates to Sey­chelles for pros­e­cu­tion

This morn­ing, 17 March, saw the cul­mi­na­tion of high­ly suc­cess­ful EU NAVFOR pirate dis­rup­tion activ­i­ties by the EU NAVFOR French war­ship NIVOSE against Pirate Action Groups (PAG) oper­at­ing in the Soma­li basin, approx­i­mate­ly 350 nau­ti­cal miles off the Soma­li Coast.
HSuspected pirates arrives at Seychelles
Sus­pect­ed pirates arrives at Sey­chelles

The PAG activ­i­ties on 4 March led to an imme­di­ate response by EU NAVFOR war­ships and Mar­itime Patrol Air­craft and the EU NAVFOR Flag ship ETNA despatched NIVOSE to seek out the PAGs oper­at­ing in the area. On 5 March, NIVOSE inter­cept­ed a PAG and board­ed two skiffs and a moth­er ship. The moth­er ship (whaler) was destroyed and she took on board two skiffs and detained 11 sus­pect­ed pirates in an area clear­ly linked to the unsuc­cess­ful attack on the Span­ish FV Inter­tu­na 2. With the evi­dence gath­ered and pre­sent­ed to the Sey­chelles author­i­ties, it was approved for the 11 detainees to be flown from Dji­bouti to the Sey­chelles for pros­e­cu­tion.

At 14.45 local time the 11 detainees arrived at Sey­chelles Inter­na­tion­al air­port. The detainees were hand­ed over to the Sey­chelles Author­i­ties. Present at the air­port was Deputy Com­man­der EU NAVFOR RAdw Bauza. After the detainees left RAdm Bauza was inter­viewed by the press and stat­ed: “Today is a good day but you mustn’t for­get the peo­ple at sea and the Sey­chelles Coast­guard which are doing a won­der­ful job”.

EU NAVFOR Soma­lia – Oper­a­tion ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort mer­chant ves­sels car­ry­ing human­i­tar­i­an aid of the ‘World Food Pro­gram’ (WFP) and ves­sels of AMISOM, and to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indi­an Ocean and to deter and dis­rupt pira­cy. EU NAVFOR also mon­i­tors fish­ing activ­i­ty off the coast of Soma­lia.

EU NAVFOR Pub­lic Affairs Office