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14-18 Sep. 2007

NATO naval force enters Indian Ocean

Following joint operations with the South African navy and prior to exercises off the coast of Somalia, a NATO naval force arrived in the Seychelles for a port visit.

The visit, taking place from 14 to 18 September, is the second stop in a two-month, 12 500-nautical mile circumnavigation of the African continent.

The aim of the mission is to demonstrate NATO’s capability to uphold security and international law on the high seas and build links with regional navies.

Next stop – Somalia coast

The force will go on to conduct exercises in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Somalia, where vessels carrying aid shipments have been the victims of pirate attacks.

It will then re-enter the Mediterranean via the Red Sea, completing the circumnavigation.

Ships from Canada, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal and the United States are taking part in the mission.