MASS to continue providing Atalanta network
Cohort company MASS will continue to provide the Classified Mission Network for Operation Atalanta until December 2018, the company announced on 23 January.
The European Council has recently extended the mandate for European Union Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta to continue until 31 December 2018. The operation is tasked with deterring, preventing and repressing acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast; monitoring fishing activities; and protecting vessels of the World Food Programme in the region.
MASS provides the core operational mission network for the effective command and control of this multi-national operation both ashore and afloat. The network allows for the secure transmission of classified information over the open internet helping all users to achieve access and connectivity wherever they are operating.
Jens Weber, head of IT systems for Operation Atalanta, said: ‘Due to the huge area of operations and geographical spread of assets and personnel, the operation depends on a communications system that is flexible, reliable and robust. MASS has provided such a system since 2014.
‘Working with MASS has ensured Operation Atalanta personnel know their communications needs are met allowing them to concentrate on the operation to protect seafarers from Somali pirate attack.’
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