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May 15, 2012

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The EU Naval Force has used average airplane in order to destroy to equipment of the pirates on the coasts somalis

Up to now to the aircrafts recognition tasks were assigned alone

It is not an axiom that a naval threat must be contrasted from a naval force. Nevertheless until to hour it has been tried to contain spreading of the phenomenon of piracy, mainly in the waters that surround the Horn of Africa, using almost exclusively average naval, those of the European Union Naval Force (EU-Navfor), in order to in transit discourage the assaults to the ships in the area from fast boats. Up to now to means airplane recognition tasks were assigned alone.

Therefore the announcement of the command of the EU Naval Force to have carried out today an aerial action in order to destroy on the coast of the Somalia the equipment used from the pirates appears a meaningful change of strategy, even if the air forces have been employees on objectives to earth. The mission is put into effect as a result of the decision assumed 23rd March from the Council of the European Union that allows with EU-Navfor to destroy to the bases of the pirates on the mainland and the operation - has emphasized the command of the EU Naval Force - it is lead online with resolution 1851 of the UN Security Council and has had the full support of the transitory federal government of the Somalia.

Currently the naval force of EU-Navfor is constituted by nine ships and five reconnaissance aircrafts. The command of the European naval force has emphasized that the range of the pirates somalis is very immense and in transit reaches ships also to 1.7950 miles from the coast somali and that, therefore, to prevent to the pirates to put in water their boats is a step essential in order to prevent their assaults.

The command of the EU Naval Force has specified that, also being still in course an appraisal of the effects of the aerial mission, the first outcomes indicate that the action has not caused the wounding of people. "We consider that this action of the EU Naval Force - has said rear admiral Duncan Potts, in charge of the operations of the naval force EU - will ulteriorly increase the pressure on the pirates and will make useless their efforts in order to exit in sea and to attack mercantile ships and sambuchi. The local population and the fishermen somalis, many of which have a lot suffered because of piracy in the area, can be reassured approximately our fact that objective was turned against notes installations of the pirates and that so it will continue to being in future".

Rear admiral Potts has specified that the attempt of the European naval force is not that to widen own range to the mainland. "The action of the EU Naval Force against the installations of the pirates on the shoreline - it has explained - simply constitutes an extension of the actions of contrast lead against the ships of the pirates in sea and the engagement of the continuous Atlanta Operation to being turned against piracy to wide of the Horn of Africa and which the humanitarian mission in order protect the ships of the World Food Programme that carry aids of vital importance for the population somali".


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