EUNAVFOR Atalanta and also both the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Center (RMIFC/Madagascar) and also the Regional Coordination Operations Center (RCOC/Seychelles) performed their very first joint procedure from September 21 to 24. This initially Operation, called MARLIN, was focused on enhancing maritime safety in the Western Indian Ocean via lasting partnership in between the States of the area and also global companions. It added to the execution of the teamwork arrangement authorized in between EUNAVFOR Operation ATALANTA and also both local facilities in December 2021, as component of the advancement of the Western Indian Ocean Maritime Security Architecture executed by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) via the EU-funded Regional Maritime Security Program (MASE).
Operation MARLIN concentrated on combating medication trafficking and also unlawful, unreported and also uncontrolled angling (IUU angling). It was carried out in the Exclusive Economic Zone ofSeychelles The procedure entailed the release of a number of marine air properties, such as the ATALANTA Flag Ship ESPS NUMANCIA, with a helicopter AB212 and also a SCAN EAGLE UAV, the Seychelles Coast Guard patrol watercraft PS ETOILE and also the Seychelles Air Force maritime patrol airplane DORNIER 228.
The joint procedure made it feasible to discover and also keep an eye on greater than 20 vessels in a location of regarding 150,000 kilometres ² many thanks to the info supplied by the air properties. It stays an essential advance in structuring and also enhancing the required technological and also functional teamwork to get to an ideal degree of interoperability.
According to the Indian Ocean Commission, it has likewise allowed the 7 signatory states of the MASE arrangement (Comoros, Djibouti, France (Reunion), Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius and also Seychelles) to take advantage of the specialist experience of the European Naval Force and also to share ideal methods via their intermediary police officers based in both local facilities.
This brand-new procedure has actually shown the brand-new difficulties linked to maritime procedures. In enhancement to security and also sea control, this kind of procedure is a means to examination, enhance and also enhance the technological and also human abilities of the local maritime safety design in order to much better react to the safety difficulties in the maritime rooms of the Western Indian Ocean in partnership with nations and also companions in the area in the long-term.