Planning for success: Exercise Obangame Express 2015

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) David R. Krigbaum

GULF OF GUINEA – Involving 23 countries and taking place across Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, Exercise Obangame Express 2015 is one of the largest military exercises in Africa. The annual U.S. Africa Command-sponsored multinational exercise is designed to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea. (more…)

Houthis promise safeguard Bab al-Mandeb Strait

CAIRO:  The Bab al-Mandeb Strait will “never be closed” and the international navigation of the Red Sea will “never be halted,” Houthi spokesperson Mohamed Abdel Salam told Youm7 Friday. (more…)

Navy Foils Attack on Iranian Tanker near Bab-el-Mandeb Strait

Iranian naval forces rescued one of the country’s oil tankers from a pirate attack around the Bab-el-Mandeb, a strait between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa. (more…)

Somali pirates are shifting their base towards India: Parrikar

Somali pirates are gradually shifting their base towards India, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said in Bhubaneshwar on Sunday. (more…)

Two Pirate Boardings in Malacca Straits

By Wendy Laursen

Two separate piracy incidents on Saturday have led the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) to issue a warning to masters transiting the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. (more…)

Two Egyptian sailors kidnapped by pirates off Nigerian coast

Ministry of Foreign of Affairs spokesman Badr Abdel-Atti said that two Egyptian sailors, a captain and a navigator, were kidnapped by armed pirates off the coast of Nigeria. (more…)

Crimes at sea affecting global trade — Mark Woyongo

The Minister of the Interior, Mr Mark Owen Woyongo, has observed that crimes at sea have assumed alarming proportions in recent times and are posing a huge threat to international trade. (more…)

Marine police cripple theft syndicate operating at sea

JOHOR BARU: The Region Two Marine Police Force (PPM) crippled a theft syndicate operating at sea while arresting four Indonesians along the Straits of Johor near Benut on Wednesday morning. (more…)

Ship attacks in Asia up 22% in 2014

Crystal Chan

More ships were the targets of pirates and armed robbers in Asia in 2014, as the number of incidents involving fuel siphoning grew. (more…)

SAAF no longer part of Op Copper in Mozambique

Written by Kim Helfrich

The decrease in pirate activity off Africa’s east coast has probably contributed to an SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Joint Operations decision to withdraw air operations from Pemba in support of the anti-piracy Operation Copper. (more…)