NATO Counter-Piracy Flagship Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Somalis

While patrolling off Somali waters last weekend, ITS San Marco, the flagship of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield, conducted a Medical Civil Action Program (MEDCAP) to help people from Bender Beyla, Somalia.

With the same commitment shown during a previous MEDCAP in Hobyo last March, the San Marco deck was transformed into a hospital, where the medical team and the crew organized a first aid station.  Medicines and supplies were distributed to 105 children, men and women, suffering from various diseases.

Observing on board were Rear Admiral Antonio Natale, Commander Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO, and Captain Massimo Esposito, Commanding Officer ITS San Marco.

The activity falls within NATO’s confidence building program, which has the task of building and enhancing Somali people’s trust towards NATO and participating countries.

“We have once again had the opportunity to provide meaningful assistance to the Somali people,” said Natale.  “These valuable engagements not only bring welcome help to those in need, but they also help our forces establish the trust necessary to partner with the Somali people in eradicating the scourge of afloat piracy from their shores.”


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