Search

 


Cablegate: Greek Frigate Completes Eu Anti-Piracy Mission

VZCZCXRO8952
RR RUEHAG RUEHAST RUEHDA RUEHDBU RUEHDF RUEHFL RUEHIK RUEHKW RUEHLA
RUEHLN RUEHLZ RUEHNP RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSK RUEHSR RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHTH #0467 0931340
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 031341Z APR 09
FM AMEMBASSY ATHENS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0029
INFO EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUEHTH/AMEMBASSY ATHENS

UNCLAS ATHENS 000467

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL PTER MOPS GR
SUBJECT: GREEK FRIGATE COMPLETES EU ANTI-PIRACY MISSION

1. The Hellenic Navy frigate Psara is winding down a 4-month
deployment in the Gulf of Aden as part of a European Union naval
force battling piracy off Somalia. April 4 marks the end of Greek
Commodore Andionios Papaioannou's four-month tenure as the first
tactical commander of the EU's first naval mission. Dubbed
Operation Atalanta, the mission is led by Britain, from a
headquarters in Northwood, near London.
2. During Commodore Papaioannou and the HS Psara's 4-month
deployment to combat piracy and protect commercial shipping in one
of the world's busiest sea lanes, the Greek warship intervened on
two separate occasions to thwart Somali pirate skiffs. On March 29,
Psara intercepted a pirate craft soon after its crew had
unsuccessfully attempted to board a German-flagged tanker. Greek
commandos arrested several Somali suspects, whom they later turned
over to a German frigate. On April 1, Psara again intervened to
assist a Norwegian freighter that had just successfully evaded the
pirates. Greek commandos again detained a Somali crew, whom they
later released for lack of evidence.
3. Comment: Operation Atalanta has offered an opportunity to the
Hellenic Navy to operate in a top role of a critical multinational
command environment and hone its high seas patrol and escort
skills. It also offered Greece the opportunity to exercise
successful naval diplomacy, including with Chinese Admiral Du Jing
Tsien, Admiral-in-Command of Chinese TG 169 Somalia task force. On
March 20, the Chinese admiral paid a visit to Psara and met with
Commodore Papaioannou and Psara's officers, stressing the
"excellent" relations between Greece and China, and praising the
Hellenic Navy's anti-piracy mission. End comment

SPECKHARD

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Death Of Fidel Castro

New Zealand likes to think we played our part – via the 1981 Springbok tour – in bringing the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end… Jacob Zuma treated the death of Fidel Castro at the weekend as an occasion to pay a heartfelt tribute to the thousands of Cuban soldiers who travelled across the world to inflict the first significant military defeat on the forces of white supremacy. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Election Home Stretch

Once again at the business end of a US election, the result will hinge on the same old bits of geography as always: the Five Crucial Counties in Ohio, the Two Crucial Counties in Pennsylvania and the I-4 Interstate Corridor in Florida that runs from Tampa Bay through Orlando to Daytona Beach. More>>

ALSO:

Meanwhile:

Haiti: $5 Million To Kick-Start Aid In Wake Of Hurricane Matthew

UN emergency fund allocates $5 million to kick-start assistance in wake of Hurricane Matthew More>>

ALSO:

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

Not Helen Clark: António Guterres Favourite For Next UN Secretary-General

Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has emerged as the clear favourite to become the next United Nations Secretary-General following the sixth secret ballot held today by the UN Security Council, which is expected to take a formal decision tomorrow and forward Mr. Guterres’ name to the 193-Member General Assembly for final confirmation. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
WikiLeaks
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news