The European Union is marking eight years of counter-piracy naval operations off the coast of Somalia protecting World Food Programme vessels and international shipping from acts of piracy.
EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta was launched in 2008 in the response to the surge in armed pirate attacks on commercial ships and other vessels in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast. After spreading further out into the Indian Ocean, Somali piracy reached its peak in 2011 with 176 total attacks on ships. One of the primary missions Operation Atalanta has been to protect World Food Programme (WFP) vessels delivering much-needed humanitarian aid to displaced people in Somalia.
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European Union Marks Eight Years Fighting Pirates Off Somalia