Operation Atalanta

Operation Atalanta is an EU-led maritime security operation designed to protect commercial shipping vessels in the Indian Ocean. Our mission? To prevent an armed robbery at sea and stop pirates in their tracks.


What are we doing?

Acting on intelligence reports or sightings by merchant vessels, participating warships pursue and apprehend suspected pirates and bring them to justice. Their mere presence in the area also acts as a strong deterrent to would-be criminals.

Royal Navy vessels to have taken part so far include the Type 23 frigates HMS Richmond and HMS Northumberland, and RFA Lyme Bay – a Bay-class landing ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Atalanta’s area of operations covers the Southern Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and a large part of the Indian Ocean, including the Seychelles, Mauritius and Comoros. The operation also covers the Somali coastal territory, as well as its territorial and internal waters.