There can be no sustainable development without peace and security. And in this region, countries highly depend on safety and security of the oceans. For several years, the EU has been implementing strategic initiatives to enhance maritime security in the region. The EU launched its first ever Naval Force, Operation ATALANTA off the coast of Somalia in December 2008. For over ten years, this operation has successfully been fighting piracy, and has greatly contributed to maritime security in this part of the world. Today, EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta continues to work closely with national maritime agencies to promote maritime security.