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Lessons for Mediterranean? Euro force hunting Somali pirates

The EU anti-piracy fleet, known as Operation Atalanta, is fighting piracy on the key shipping route through the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea and Suez CanalThe hulking P-3C Orion aircraft prepares to take off from a military base in the Horn of African nation of Djibouti, on the latest mission hunting pirates off Somalia’s coast. Equiped with surveillance cameras, the German military aircraft will head along Somalia’s long desert coastline searching for “suspicious activity” and the tell-tale signs of pirates. The nine-hour flight is a key part of the European Union anti-piracy fleet, known as Operation Atalanta, that is fighting piracy on one of the world’s most important and busiest shipping channels, through the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea and Suez Canal.

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