During their counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia marines aboard EU NAVFOR’s Italian frigate, ITS Espero, carry out regular force protection training to ensure that they remain fully prepared to respond to a piracy-related incident or sea-borne attack from a hostile vessel. During the training the marines carry out a range of live-firing exercises.
ITS Espero has been deployed with EU NAVFOR since 26 March 2017 as part of Italy’s commitment to the European Union’s efforts to deter and suppress acts of piracy. As well as conducting counter-piracy patrols, the crew has also provided training support to staff from EU sister mission, EUCAP Somalia, who are working with regional states to strengthen maritime security and capabilities within the Horn of Africa region.
ITS Espero’s crew will commence their return home to Italy on 11 July 2017. The Italian Navy frigate, ITS Fasan, will ‘in-chop’ to EU NAVFOR on Thursday 27 July as the new flagship.