On 3 April 2013,¬†whilst on counter piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, Rear Admiral Pedro Garc√≠a de Paredes, who is the Force Commander of EU NAVFOR, met with the Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-piracy task force, Rear Admiral Giam Hock Koon.
The meeting between the two force commanders was an excellent opportunity to reaffirm the high level of co-operation that exists between the two forces to counter piracy off Somalia. Both Rear Admiral Garc√≠a de Paredes and Rear Admiral Hock Koon stressed the importance of maintaining the co-ordination and information sharing between EU NAVFOR and CMF.
Speaking about the meeting held onboard the EU NAVFOR¬†flagship ESPS M√©ndez N√∫√±ez, Rear Admiral Garc√≠a de Paredes said: ‚ÄúBoth the EU Naval Force and CMF understand the need to maintain the joint effort to deter and disrupt piracy off the coast of Somalia. ¬†This will be even more important during the forthcoming inter-monsoon period, when weather conditions make it easier for pirates to deploy at sea. ¬†For this reason, counter-piracy forces and seafarers sailing through the High Risk Area need to keep a watchful eye. ¬†This is not the time to lower our guard‚Äù.