EU NAVFOR to Suspected Pirates: We’re Watching You

Mike Schuler
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April 16, 2013

Having joined the EU Naval Force just over a week ago, the crew from the Swedish HSwMS Carlskrona has been busy conducting counter piracy patrols.

It was during one of these patrols last Friday that the ship’s helicopter saw a suspicious skiff being launched from the Somali coast.

“We can see you.”

The helicopter crew maintained a close watch over the skiff as it ventured out to sea.

“Where you going?”

After a while, and fully aware that the helicopter was watching them, the group decided to call it quits and head back to shore.

“Just fishing, huh?”

Once on land, the group was seen removing equipment from the skiff and they overturned it.  No fishing activity was observed in the skiff or on the beach.

“Pack it up, guys.”

“One of the greatest challenges we face in such a huge sea area is to be in the right place at the right time to apprehend suspect pirates and their vessels,” said Commanding Officer of HSwMS Carlskrona, Commander Mathias Jansson. “We work closely with the EU NAVFOR flagship, NRP Alvares Cabral, who will ensure that the areas deemed to be high risk from piracy are monitored by EU NAVFOR assets. We remain ever watchful of the threat.”

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