After a long-time absence, the UK is set to beef up its naval presence in the Indo-Pacific region.
Somali piracy threat diminished
Piracy threats off the Horn of Africa have been suppressed but not eliminated, according to the Deputy Commander of EUNAVFOR, the European Union maritime force that patrols the region.
Brig Gen Dick Swijgman told the OPV14 conference in Dublin: ‘The international community must remain vigilant or piracy will return. EUNAVFOR remains part of an EU comprehensive approach to the Horn of Africa.’
That approach to the region, focused on Somalia, meant concentrating on elements such as economic development, education and humanitarian aid, in parallel with maintaining maritime security.
‘While there has been an improvement in the Somali government situation ...
A construction programme for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces also includes technology transfer for Saudi Arabian Military Industries.
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The Royal Australian Navy has extended its Camcopter S-100 contract by three years.
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