NATO and Indian Counter-Piracy Task Force Commanders Meet

The Com­man­der of NATO’s counter-pira­cy task force, Com­modore Chris­t­ian Rune, Roy­al Dan­ish Navy, met with the Com­man­der of the Indi­an counter-pira­cy task group, Cap­tain S. Srikant, Com­mand­ing Offi­cer of INS DELHI yes­ter­day.

Commodore Christian Rune, Royal Danish Navy
Com­modore Chris­t­ian Rune, Roy­al Dan­ish Navy, met with the Com­man­der of the Indi­an counter-pira­cy task group, Cap­tain S. Srikant, Com­mand­ing Offi­cer of INS DELHI yes­ter­day.
Source: NATO
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Onboard NATO’s flag­ship, HDMS ESBERN SNARE, in Salalah, Oman, they dis­cussed devel­op­ments in counter-pira­cy tac­tics and improve­ments in com­mu­ni­ca­tions and infor­ma­tion shar­ing between the forces. 

Com­modore Rune said “Indi­an naval forces’ con­tri­bu­tion to the counter-pira­cy oper­a­tion in the Horn of Africa region is piv­otal to the effort to pro­vide safe pas­sage for inter­na­tion­al mer­chant ship­ping through this very busy mar­itime cor­ri­dor. The escorts of mer­chant ship con­voys pro­vid­ed by the Indi­an Task Force com­pli­ments the counter-pira­cy efforts of the oth­er inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing NATO’s Oper­a­tion Ocean Shield, in this effort to stop pirates.” Rune added that “The co-oper­a­tion of all the forces pro­vide the syn­er­gy that we need to pre­vail. We need to ensure that our efforts are employed effi­cient­ly. The only solu­tion to repel the scourge of pira­cy at sea is co-oper­a­tion between our Naval forces.” 

The Indi­an Navy has deployed a task group to the Gulf of Aden, cur­rent­ly con­sist­ing of INS DELHI, who con­ducts escorts of con­voys for inter­na­tion­al mer­chant ves­sels tran­sit­ing through the Inter­na­tion­al­ly Rec­om­mend­ed Tran­sit Cor­ri­dor (IRTC).

While con­duct­ing the escorts, Indi­an Navy assets co-oper­ate and share infor­ma­tion with the inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tions con­duct­ing counter-pira­cy in the Horn of Africa region includ­ing task forces from NATO (Oper­a­tion Ocean Shield), the Euro­pean Union (Oper­a­tion Ata­lan­ta), Coali­tion Mar­itime Forces, and oth­er nations pro­vid­ing uni­lat­er­al sup­port to the effort. 

Source:
Allied Com­mand Oper­a­tions
NATO 

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