Somali Security Forces receive four patrol vessels

The Somali Security Forces have taken delivery of four vessels, which will be used to patrol the the country’s ports and coastline.

Italy has donated the four rafts to the Federal Republic of Somalia.

This initiative is aimed at fostering reconstruction and strengthening the peace-establishment and stabilisation process in the African country, within the framework of European missions, ‘EUTM Somalia’ and Regional Maritime Capacity Building in the Horn of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean.

The European Union launched  EUTM Somalia military training mission in 2010 to strengthen the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the institutions of Somalia.

Since 2010, EUTM Somalia has contributed to the training of approximately 3,600 Somali soldiers, including non-commissioned officers (NCOs), junior officers, specialists and trainers.

EUTM Somalia operates in collaboration with the United Nations, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Uganda People’s Defence Forces and the US State Department.

These vessels, previously employed by the Italian Navy, have enough capacity to carry up to 15 people.

As transit across this area is deemed as a risk to navigation security, the Somali coast is patrolled by a number of national and international naval assets, including those from counter-piracy operation Eunavfor Atalanta, the European Union mission, which since March includes Italian Navy Frigate Espero.

Image: The four rafts can carry up to 15 people. Photo: courtesy of Ministero della Difesa.