Counter-Piracy Exercise Held in Seychelles

On Friday 10 January, the Seychelles Coast Guard, Air Force and Police Force, together with the EU Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta and EUCAP Nestor, carried out a counter-piracy exercise in the Seychelles.

 The exercise involved the boarding of a suspected pirate skiff that had attacked a local fishing boat. The ‘pirates’ were disarmed and taken into custody, along with evidence from the skiff. The Seychelles Coast Guard then handed over the pirates and evidence to the Police Force.

The purpose of the exercise was to practice cooperation between the Coast Guard, Police Force and EU Naval Force in a counter-piracy operation and, in particular, routines on evidence handling.

The EU Naval Force Italian frigate, ITS Libeccio, which is currently on a port visit to the Seychelles, took part in the exercise with a boarding team and embarked helicopter.

Speaking on completion of the exercise, the Commanding Officer of the ITS Libeccio, Commander Stefano Calvetti stated, “This was a highly successful exercise. Everything went as planned, and our Seychelles partners clearly demonstrated their high level of professionalism in fighting piracy.

The Seychelles has been at the forefront among the countries of the region in the fight against piracy.

The Seychelles is a showcase for the region in maritime security and counter-piracy,” said Etienne de Poncins, Head of Mission for EUCAP Nestor.As the Seychelles’ builds its capacity, it is increasingly becoming an exporter of know-how and expertise. The common efforts of the maritime security agencies of the Seychelles and the EU are an important step in the fight against piracy

Counter-Piracy Exercise Held in Seychelles2

 EUCAP Nestor supports institutions involved in ensuring maritime security in the Seychelles such as the Coast Guard, Air Force, Police Force, and Supreme Court. EUCAP Nestor experts work alongside their Seychellois partners in providing advice and training. This contributes to developing the Seychelles capacities and capabilities to ensure maritime security, in particular counter-piracy and maritime governance.

We are very grateful to our European friends and partners for their support in maritime security and counter-piracy,” said Lt Col Leslie Benoiton, the Operation Officer of the Seychelles Coast Guard. “While the number of pirate attacks may have decreased, the threat of piracy remains real. We must remain vigilant and ready to supress it

EU NAVFOR, January 16, 2014

 

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Dec 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) 2020

The three-day event includes an exhibition where an expected 600+ supply chain companies…

read more >

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology

As varied threats in the Mediterranean Sea continue to proliferate, the need to advance…

read more >

2nd GREENTECH IN SHIPPING GLOBAL FORUM

Forum you will find out from the regulators, government bodies and major ports’ representatives what the near…

read more >

7th Annual Arctic Exchange

Every year the Exchange invites delegates from across the globe to come together to listen to key senior management teams…

read more >