Spanish warship ESPS INFANTA ELENA
joins EUNAVFOR in the Horn of Africa
Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR Somalia
Launched in December 2008, EU NAVFOR- ATALANTA has been escorting WFP and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) shipments to Somalia. This naval protection is conducted within the EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa. It includes several warships and reconnaissance aircraft between the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. The need for this military aid was confirmed in July 2011 by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).