MASS has helped ensure the operational effectiveness of the multi-national counter-piracy mission, Operation ATALANTA. Providing ongoing support and keeping pace with ever-developing technical and regulatory requirements, the MASS command and control solution (CIS) underpinned the 10-year mission’s overall success.

Operation ATALANTA was established by the European Union (EU) in response to the escalating piracy problem in the Indian Ocean. The task grew to support 150 clients in the UK-based operational headquarters, with up to three forward headquarters covering 35 clients each, nine shipborne solutions of up to five clients and 15 liaison officers, and individuals deployed throughout Europe and the Middle East. 

MASS provided a secure and fully accredited EU Confidential solution utilising the latest technology to facilitate work from insecure locations. The commercial off the shelf (COTS) solution used the internet as the bearer to reduce cost while increasing flexibility. Alongside the secure operational system, MASS also developed a network-enabled business IT system to allow reports from and guidance to the international shipping industry.

Stuart Gray, Business Development Manager (Defence)at MASS said, “We’re delighted with the success of Operation ATALANTA. Using MASS technological expertise and through our proactive partnership, where our team was regularly deployed to dockyards across Europe and the Middle East to install, rectify and update equipment, the ATALANTA Classified Mission Network (ACMN) delivered a reliable continuous service.

“A novel CIS solution, the ACMN was progressively developed over the mission’s 10-year duration to meet new performance requirements as well as increasingly demanding accreditation and security standards.”

Major General Charlie Stickland RM OBE former COMUKAMPHIBFOR and final UK Operational Commander of EU NAVFOR Operation ATALANTA, and currently Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategic Operations), UK Ministry of Defence and Commandant General Royal Marines, added, “I and my predecessors as Commanders of the European Union’s anti-piracy mission Operation ATALANTA, delivered Command and Control of the multi-national force through the ATALANTA Classified Mission Network (ACMN) provided by MASS. Not only was ACMN at the cutting edge of IT delivery, it provided a very cost effective, secure and flexible solution to a dispersed multi-national force often working from insecure locations. ACMN proved robust and thoroughly reliable in supporting a 24/7 military operation throughout the first decade of the Mission, which is quite an achievement. MASS should be proud of the service they delivered in support of Operation ATALANTA.”