As a part of EU Naval Force since 2008, the German Navy has been playing a crucial role in Operation Atalanta. Its Naval Eagle P-3C Orion flies regularly upon the Oceanic waves in patrolling the coast of Somalia for Maritime Reconnaissance, Transmitting the Intel to the Flagship, currently Frigate Bayern, for the Force Commander to evaluate, determine and command the next stage.
On the achievement of imposingly successful– flying 5000 hours in the Operation, the Commanding Officer of the German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft ‘MPRA’ Detachment, Lieutenant Commander Kai Hansen, elaborated:
“5,000 hours in the Air can only be achieved with a Strong Team. The cooperation between Crew, Technicians and Support Staff is excellent and means we can continuously contribute to the Success of the Operation.” ©die Bundeswehr/EU NAVFOR April 11,2016
Lieutenant Commander Kai Hansen, also personally congratulated the two Bundeswehr’s Pilots from the MPRA Team, each with 4000 hours of successfully fly in the Operation Atalanta.
By Catherine Stella Schmidt