The European Union Naval Force’s (EU NAVFOR) Italian flagship, ITS Virginio Fasan (F591) multi-purpose frigate has conducted training with the Djiboutian Coast Guard.
The training included Force Protection, Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Basic Life Support exercises.
A statement from EU NAVFOR said that the training was a great opportunity for the Djiboutian Coast Guard to refine skills that will enhance the level of maritime protection they provide in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast. It added that this type of interaction between EU Naval Forces and local maritime agencies assists all seafarers in the local region.
EU NAVFOR operates in the region to repress piracy and armed robbery and provides protection for the UN’s World Food Programme shipping to Somalia.