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Former "Atalanta" mission has been renamed to EU NAVFOR SOMALIA 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 has been extended several times. During this period up to 12 EU ships and a number Maritime Patrol Aircraft operate at any time off the coast of Somalia.

At the present time, eight EU member states are making a permanent operational contribution to the operation: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.K. Contributions from third countries such as Norway are participating as well. Also, a number of Cypriot, Finnish, Irish, Maltese and Sweden 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 16th group, which assumed its operational task on 2nd July 2017, is Major Martin Sebesta, who serves as a planner in 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:

December 5, 2017