French warship joins fight on piracy off Somalia coast
Operation Atalanta’s French warship, La Fayette, has been warmly received into the port of Mombasa.
This was the first time an EU Naval Force ship has had the opportunity to visit the Kenyan port in over a year.
During the visit, La Fayette’s Commanding Officer, Commander Stanislas Delatte, took the opportunity to meet with staff from the Kenyan military. He spoke with Kenyan Navy Commander, General Mghalu, and discussed the current maritime situation in the waters off Somalia.
The meeting was an opportunity to strengthen ties between EU NAVFOR and the Kenyan Navy; a key regional partner in the area.
The Kenyan Navy is, and will continue to be, a crucial player in efforts to deter and disrupt Somali piracy and ensure maritime security is maintained in the Indian Ocean.
On completion of her visit to Mombasa, La Fayette resumed her counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia and the protection of World Food Programme vessels delivering humanitarian aid to the Somali people.