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Somalia: Piracy

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Royal Navy assets are (a) participating and (b) planned to participate in Operation Atalanta. (269186)

HMS Northumberland participated in Operation Atalanta from the start of the operation in December 2008 until the end of February 2009. Throughout the mandate of the operation (which expires on 13 December 2009) we have and will continue to provide the operational commander and associated headquarters. No decision has yet been taken on any continuance of the operation beyond its existing mandate.