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    Adopt the Russian approach, ie, destroy all bar one boat, cram them all aboard with a modest quantity of water and Russian rations and point them in the direction of Somalia.......from a good distance out, of course...;-)

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    From the Examiner article on the gift to Malta, it's suggested that it will be a navy ship being sent to Africa:http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...ta-313305.html
    Meanwhile, the Naval Service looks poised to send ships to the Horn of Africa as part of an EU anti-piracy mission.

    The Department of Defence confirmed that initial work on a contribution by Ireland to the EU maritime mission, Operation Atalanta, is being undertaken.

    It is likely that the Naval Service would send one of its newer ships out to the north-east coast of Africa, where Somali pirates in particular have reeked havoc with commercial shipping.

    The EU launched Operation Atalanta in December 2008 in response to the rising levels of piracy in the Western Indian Ocean.

    Incidents of piracy have fallen recently from a peak in 2011 when Somali pirates launched attacks on an almost daily basis, sometimes holding cargo and crew hostage for huge ransoms.

    A number of the ships were heading for Europe with important cargoes.

    The EU decided to act to protect economic interests and vessels operating the World Food Programme in Somalia.

    It is expected that Irish vessels sent to the Horn of Africa would typically work two-week patrols with three days off over a three-to-four-month period.

    The Naval Service will shortly be back up to full strength after losing two of its eight vessels for a number of months due to asbestos contamination.

    The new €50m LÉ James Joyce is due to be delivered to the Navy around St Patrick’s weekend.

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    Just saw this on the Examiner.........

    "Meanwhile, the Naval Service looks poised to send ships to the Horn of Africa as part of an EU anti-piracy mission.

    The Department of Defence confirmed that initial work on a contribution by Ireland to the EU maritime mission, Operation Atalanta, is being undertaken.

    It is likely that the Naval Service would send one of its newer ships out to the north-east coast of Africa, where Somali pirates in particular have reeked havoc with commercial shipping."

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...ta-313305.html

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    I'd read that as up to a vessel

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    I'd read that as up to a vessel
    In reality two units allowing for transits.working up and refits.

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    Didn't the Minister say in the Dail last year that he was looking at proposals including deploying a PV for up to 4 mths

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    "As part of the European Union’s efforts to enhance regional states’ maritime security capabilities in the Horn of Africa, on 15 March EUCAP Nestor gave six Nissan 4x4 vehicles, as well as IT and communications equipment, to the Coast Guard of the Federal Government of Somalia."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    "As part of the European Union’s efforts to enhance regional states’ maritime security capabilities in the Horn of Africa, on 15 March EUCAP Nestor gave six Nissan 4x4 vehicles, as well as IT and communications equipment, to the Coast Guard of the Federal Government of Somalia."

    However according to Matt Bryden in "Somalia Redux" funding for enhancement and support is continually being recycled by elements of Somali Federal Government and Presidency for strategic and personal agendas. President Sharif gave a diplomatic passport to a pirate leader while the same gentleman had ships and hostages held for ransom. This pirate now runs a "rehabilitation" center for pirates to wean them from his former business? The embryo Coast Guard founded by Sharif operated in an area devoid of pirates. All in the region dress up their level of need in order to maximise funding, arms and supplies. He referred to a Somali Military commander who shelled African Union positions at night , blaming AL SHABAAB, so that he could demand extra weapons, ammunition, which he duly got.

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