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19 Maltese soldiers to take part in operation off the coast of Somalia
The Johan de Witt and one of its landing craft.
The Johan de Witt and one of its landing craft.

Times of Malta
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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The army will be deploying a Special Duties Enhanced Boarding Team made up of three officers and 19 personnel in other ranks from the 1 Regiment’s C (Special Duties) Company on board the Dutch Navy’s Johan De Witt.

The deployment, which shall form part of the exercise EU Navfor Atalanta, shall be made tomorrow and will last until September 27.

The role of the operation is to deter piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia with a view to strengthen the security within the area of operations.

Specific roles include:

* The protection of World Food Program vessels delivering aid to displaced persons in Somalia, and the protection of African Union Mission on Somalia shipping. The protection of vulnerable shipping off the Somali coast on a case by case basis; and

* The monitoring of fishing activities off the coast of Somalia.

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