EU Naval Force Ships are to friendly-approach local vessels and speak to the crew in the Western Indian Ocean aiming to enhance the mutual understanding and trust between the EU Naval force and local seafarers and also get a first-hand insight about possible piracy incidents in the area.
Specifically, crewmembers from the Spanish vessel ESPS Relámpago, met with the crew of Somali dhow in the Gulf of Aden. The friendly interaction was between the Spanish crewmembers and Somali fishermen.
In addition, the Spanish crew discussed with the local fishermen about piracy incidents off the coast of Somalia and talked about any possible concerns they had. They also had the chance to get first-hand information about piracy incidents in the region.
This kind of conversations reflect EU NAVFOR’s commitment to upholding maritime security in the area.
Concluding, it is of great importance for EU NAVFOR to acknowledge local maritime security situations ad detect armed robbery and piracy incidents.