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EU and Japan hold joint counter-piracy exercise

EU News 418/2014

17 October 2014

On Thursday 16 October, the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia-Operation Atalanta and Japan's Self-Defence Forces (SDF) conducted a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden.

This was the first joint exercise between EU NAVFOR and the SDF in counter-piracy activities. Led by the Italian Navy Destroyer “ANDREA DORIA” of EU NAVFOR-Atalanta and the Japanese Destroyer “TAKANAMI”, it aimed to increase interoperability and mutual knowledge between the respective navies, through various actions related to communications, tactical manoeuvring, flying operations, and boarding team.

The preparation for this joint exercise followed an agreement between EU and Japanese leaders during the 22nd Japan-EU summit last May in Brussels. The EU and Japan are global partners sharing common values of democracy, the rule of law and human rights. The EU intends to continue advancing cooperation with Japan in a broad of range of areas.

The EU NAVFOR press release on this joint exercise can be found here:

Source and additional information:

EU Naval Force Flagship ITS Andrea Doria Conducts Counter-Piracy Exercise with Japanese Warship JS Takanami in the Gulf of Aden (C)EUNAVFOR, 2014 URL