13 July 2011
On the 7th of July, the Spanish Minister of Defence, Carme Chacon, accompanied by the Chief of Defense, General José Julio Rodriguez, visited the Spanish frigate ESPS Santa MarÃƒÂa during her port visit in Djibouti.
“By accomplishing your mission, pirates are not the lords of these seas… you are the one and only boundary that impedes criminal attacks on sailors and fishermen” the Minister said. The Minister also conveyed a very supporting and encouraging message from the King of Spain and the President of the Government of Spain to keep on performing this demanding mission so far away from home.
EUNAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Program (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). EUNAVFOR also protects vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, deters and disrupts piracy and monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.