This video from Tokin Broderik shows the EU Navy Forces operating together to subdue Somali pirates. Operation European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR), also known as Operation Atlanta, has been the largest Navy operation against piracy in the coast of Somalia for the last 7 years. More than 200 hostages captured by the pirates have been rescued directly by EU NAVFOR forces.
According to their website, the EU NAVFOR deters, prevents, and represses acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast. The EU Naval Force also protects vessels of the World Food Programme (WFP) delivering aid to displaced persons in Somalia. It is part of a larger global action by the EU to prevent and combat acts of piracy in the Indian Ocean. It is one with the multinational Combined Task Force 151 of the US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and NATO’s anti-piracy Operation Ocean Shield. Additionally, Operation Atlanta monitors fishing activity on the regional seaboard.
In December 2008, they launched a mission that focused on protecting Somalia-bound vessels and shipments belonging to the WFP and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), as well as other vulnerable shipments. In 2012, the scope of the mission expanded to include Somali coastal territories and internal waters so as to organize counter-piracy operations with Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and regional administrations.
Piracy in the Indian Ocean has been a threat to international shipping since the Somali Civil War in the early 21st century. Since 2005, many international organizations have expressed concern over the rise in acts of piracy. Piracy impeded the delivery of shipments and increased shipping expenses, costing an estimated $6.6 to $6.9 billion a year in global trade according to Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP).
The Somali pirates have been taking hostages for years but incidents of piracy has since dropped to near zero thanks to extensive European anti-piracy efforts in cooperation with other countries.