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March 26, 2014

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Three EU Naval Force warships working counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden recently met up with the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command ship, USNS Pecos, for a joint replenishment at sea.

The warships FS Siroco, FGS Hessen and ESPS Relampago came together to meet the the U.S. Navy ship assigned to Task Force 53 on March 18 in the Gulf of Aden.

Not to toot anyone’s horn, but the logistics transfers were completed in just four hours. Here are some photos of the meet up:

Speaking about the successful replenishments, the EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Hervé Bléjean, expressed his deep satisfaction “I am once again very impressed with the coming together today of EU Naval Force warships with a Task Force 53 ship, USNS Pecos. I want to praise the crucial support that assets such as Task Force 53 provide, enabling counter-piracy warships to maintain a constant presence at sea in the piracy high risk area. These patrols help to ensure a safe and secure maritime environment and protect the economic interests of European Union countries in the region.”

A similar event also happened January, when more than half of the men and women serving with the EU Naval Force were togeher at sea, close to the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor in the Gulf of Aden.

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Above and below: FGS Hessen and FS Siroco hook up with the USNS Pecos for a dual replenishment. 

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Above: Wide angle view of USNS Pecos during from FS Siroco’s starboarding bridge.

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Above: And finally, here comes ESPS Relampago. 

Photos courtesy EU NAVFOR

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