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Navy: Piracy

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what Royal Navy assets will form the UK contribution to Op Atalanta in the (a) second quarter, (b) third quarter and (c) fourth quarter 2009; (249713)

(2) what Royal Navy assets are (a) currently participating and (b) planned to participate in (i) CTF 151 and (ii) Op Atalanta;

(3) which EU member states are contributing to the EU’s Op Atalanta; and what each is contributing.

The UK will contribute the Operation Commander and the Operation Headquarters to Op Atalanta throughout 2009, and the Royal Navy is currently providing HMS Northumberland for the first period of this EU counter-piracy mission.

Contribution of any further vessels is dependant on European Security and Defence Policy force generation requirements and UK operational priorities.

A number of European countries are contributing to Operation Atalanta. Questions regarding the specific contribution of other EU member states should be referred to the appropriate EU authorities.

HMS Portland will, on a case by case basis, support Combined Task Force 151 for counter-piracy operations. The UK will continue to provide a frigate to broader coalition operations in the region, including Combined Task Forces 150 and 151.