The European Council has extended the mandate for European Union Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR) - Operation ATALANTA - until 31 December 2018, which means Cohort company MASS will continue to provide the Classified Mission Network for the enduring Operation.
Operation ATALANTA was launched in December 2008 to contribute to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast. The operation also protects vessels of the World Food Programme and other vulnerable shipping, monitors fishing activities off the coast of Somalia and supports other EU missions and programmes in the region.
MASS provides the core operational mission network for the effective command and control of this multi-national Operation both ashore and afloat. This advanced capability enables secure transmission of classified information over the open internet helping all users to achieve optimum access and connectivity wherever they are operating.
Jens Weber, Head of IT Systems for Op ATALANTA , commented "Due to the huge Area of Operations and geographical spread of assets and personnel, the Operation depends on a communications system that is flexible, reliable and robust. MASS has provided such a system since 2014. Working with MASS has ensured Op ATALANTA personnel know their communications needs are met allowing them to concentrate on the operation to protect seafarers from Somali pirate attack."
Ashley Lane, Managing Director of MASS, said "I am delighted that we continue to support the EU Naval Force in its fight against piracy. Our secure communication network, along with its 24-hour rapid-response support service, will allow those involved in the mission to maintain operational effectiveness through robust and secure connectivity, irrespective of their location."
Boarding team from EU Naval Force combat support warship FGS BERLIN stops a suspicious skiff. Photo courtesy Operation ATALANTA