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EU NAVFOR Flagship ESPS Galicia Welcomes Official Representatives from Galmudug Authorities Aboard

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During their European Union counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Hobyo, the commanding officer of EU NAVFOR’s Spanish flagship, ESPS Galicia, took the opportunity to welcome on board Galmadug’s State Minister of Home Affairs, Omar Mohamed Diriye.

Other officials were also invited on board, including the Mayor of Hobyo, Abdulahi Ahmed Ali, Deputy Commander of the Galmudug Coast Guard, Farah Adan Ali and the former Minister of Fishery, Marine Resources and Ports of Galmadug, Mohamed Aden.

The visitors were briefed on the recent piracy incidents off the coast and Operation Atalanta’s efforts to deter acts of piracy and protect World Food Programme vessels as they transit along the coast of Somalia.  After the meeting, a tour of ESPS Galicia was arranged to enable the Galmudug visitors to meet members of the Spanish crew, as well as the Force HQ team, led by Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas.

The visit was seen by all as an excellent opportunity to strengthen ties between the European Union and Galmudug authorities.

Suqia implements two projects in Somalia to provide drinking water to 90,000 people

The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has implemented two projects to provide drinking water to over 90,000 people in Somalia. Suqia has implemented these projects in cooperation with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment. This is one of Suqia’s humanitarian projects to support international efforts to combat poverty and disease by finding sustainable and innovative solutions to water scarcity around the world. The projects also support the ‘For Your Sake, Somalia’ campaign.

Suqia’s first project, in Ufayn in the eastern region of Somalia, includes building a 300-cubic-metre water collection point near the water springs at the foot of the mountain and 600 cubic metre water reservoirs. The project also includes repairing and replacing the three-kilometre pipeline network. Solar-powered pumps will be provided to pump water from the ground reservoir to an elevated water tank in the town. The project will make it easier for residents to access potable water, reducing the distance they have to travel to obtain water for drinking, irrigation, or livestock. The project will benefit about 50,000 people in the town and neighbouring villages.

Operation Atalanta Warship ITS Espero Conducts Maritime Training with Team from Bossaso Port Police

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On Saturday 13 May 2017, EU Naval Force’s Italian warship, ITS Espero, welcomed representatives from the Bossaso Port Police (BPP) on board whilst at sea conducting counter-piracy operations.

As well as protecting World Food Programme humanitarian aid vessels, key roles for Operation Atalanta are to deter armed pirates from attacking ships as they transit along the coast of Somalia and to help EU sister mission, EUCAP Somalia, train regional forces to help develop maritime capabilities.

Sailors and Marines Aboard EU NAVFOR Warship ESPS Galicia Assist Staff from EUCAP Somalia to Train Somali Police Force and AMISOM’s Marine Unit off Coast of Mogadishu


Following their successful hosting of the Somali Prime Minister and the EU Ambassador to Somalia on Monday,
sailors and marines from EU NAVFOR’s Spanish flagship, ESPS Galicia, have been assisting staff from EUCAP
Somalia, to train members of the Somali maritime police unit together with the AMISOM’s marine unit at sea off
the coast of Mogadishu.