Monday, December 03, 2012
The event was the first opportunity for Somali journalist to meet the EU Naval Force Commander at sea. This embarkation provided the regional media with an opportunity to observe the capabilities of EU Naval Force units tackling piracy in the Gulf of Aden and in the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, the journalists were briefed on mandate and objectives of Operation Atalanta in detail, as well as the wider EU approach to piracy off the Horn of Africa.
"This day at sea is an outstanding opportunity for us to explain our mission and capabilities" said Rear Admiral Credendino, who added " my message to the people in Somalia and the region is that we are here to work with them to combat piracy, which has had such a detrimental effect on their country"