Australia Sends the HMAS Arunta to Operation Manitou

12/02/2016
12/02/2016: HMAS Arunta and her ship’s company of 191 departed HMAS Stirling naval base at Rockingham, Western Australia for Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region. This is Arunta’s 3rd deployment to the area and the first time a ship will be deployed for nine months. HMAS Arunta and her ship’s…

An Update on Senegalese Maritime Security Challenge

07/25/2012
In common with much of the region, Senegal does not possess a large or modern navy and is unable to assert full maritime security presence over its coastal waters. However, counteracting this vulnerability is the involve­ment of the international community, particularly the EU, in policing Senegal’s waters. Although Senegal does…

Benin and Togo: Meeting the Piracy Challenges

07/25/2012
The upsurge in piracy attacks in the Bight of Benin in 2011 forced Benin to improve its maritime capabilities. Since late September 2011, joint patrols with Nigeria (Operation Prosperity) have significantly reduced the number of reported attacks within 40 nautical miles (nm) of Cotonou. Despite recent acquisitions of modern patrol…

Counter-piracy strategies in South East Asia: Myth versus reality

01/17/2012
01/17/2012 What is the primary tool to fighting piracy and armed robbery in South East Asia? Is it the bilateral aerial patrol initiative, ‘Eyes in the Sky’? Is it the information sharing agencies such as the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) or the Regional Agreement in Combating Piracy and Armed Sea…

Counter-piracy and Counter-terrorism exercise at Sea

09/28/2011
09/28/2011: Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force conduct a counter-piracy and counter-terrorism exercise Aug. 14. The 11th MEU is conducting its first seagoing exercise since becoming a complete Marine air-ground task force in May. Credit: 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit:08/14/2011

India: Bad cop in a predicament?

09/22/2011
By Karsten Von Hoesslin, Senior Analyst, Risk Intelligence Strategic Insights, No. 32, May 2011 09/22/2011 - On 29 September 2010, the Panama flagged asphalt tanker ASPHALT VENTURE was hijacked by Somali pirates off the Tanzanian coast. On 15 April 2011, after 200 days of detention and an estimated US$3.2 to…

Maritime Raid Force Trains to Take Back Hijacked Ship

09/09/2011
09/09/2011: Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force conduct a counter-piracy and counter-terrorism exercise Aug. 14. The 11th MEU is conducting its first seagoing exercise since becoming a complete Marine air-ground task force in May. Credit: 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit:08/14/2011