On Friday 4th August Force Commander, Rear Admiral Fabio Gregori, visited EU NAVFOR’S highly trained Montenegrin maritime protection team which is currently deployed on board World Food Programme (WFP) chartered vessel, MV Esbjerg, off the coast of Somalia.
One of EU NAVFOR’s primary roles is to protect WFP and other vulnerable vessels from potential pirate attack as they transit the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.
Since December 2008 over 1.5 million tonnes of food and other humanitarian aid has been protected at sea by EU NAVFOR.
During his visit Rear Admiral Gregori thanked the Montenegrin team for their valuable commitment and hard work to keep MV Esbjerg safe.
The leader of the Montegrin team thanked the Admiral for his visit and said how proud he was of his team. They have spent more than ninety days at sea aboard MV Esbjerg and kept it safe as it delivered more than 10,000 metric tonnes of humanitarian aid to ports in Somalia.