Ship Photo of The Day – Pirate Defenders Unite!

A pirates worst nightmare. From left to right: the Korean frigate Wang Geon (Combined Task Force 151), the FS Marne (Atalanta) and the Dutch frigate Evertsen (Ocean Shield – NATO)

On July 18th in the Gulf of Aden, the three Head Honchos of international piracy deterrence met face-to-face to swap sea stories and discuss some pirate-fighting strategies. The meeting marks the first time that all three Force Commanders of the three main Counter-Piracy forces –the EU Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR), NATO Operation Ocean Shield (TF-508) and Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151; operated by the Combined Maritime Forces – CMF)– met face-to-face to coordinate their operations.

During their meeting the three commanders discussed the strategic and tactical situation and the broader evolution of piracy since the end of 2011. The Commanders also agreed that although the increased pressure on Somali pirates and their business model has seen promising results, it needs to be maintained.

The Head Honchos

On board Dutch frigate Evertsen. From left to right: Rear Admiral Dupuis, Atalanta force commander, Commodore Ben Bekkering, commanding the TF 508 (NATO) and Rear Admiral Chung Anho, commanding the TF 151 (Combined Task Force).