The mission has been renamed to EU NAVFOR SOMALIA - ATALANTA Operation as of 30th March 2017. The operation keeps its mandate to protect vessels which contribute to the World Food Programme. The Programme ensures supplies of food and additional relief for refugees in Somalia.


The mandate of the operation is also set to help deter, prevent and repress acts of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia.

This operation - the European Union’s first naval operation - was established in December 2008 and was scheduled for an initial period of twelve months but it has been extended several times. During this period up to 20 EU ships and a number Maritime Patrol Aircraft operate at any time off the coast of Somalia.

At the present time, ten EU member states are making a permanent operational contribution to the operation: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.K. Contributions from third countries such as Norway or China are participating as well. Also, a number of Cypriot, Finnish, Irish, Maltese and Swedish military personnel supplement the team at the Northwood Operation Headquarters, the U.K.

The first group of three Czech military officers joined the Operation Headquarters in Northwood in April 2010, and at present, commander of the 18th group, which assumed its operational task on the 1st August 2018, is Major Petr Moravec, who serves as a planner with the Intelligence Division of the Northwood HQ, the U.K.

Other two officers contribute to tasks of the HQ at specific specialities' posts.

Visit website of the Operation:

Visit also info article on the first Czech group participating originally in "Atalanta" operation:

September 12, 2018