NATO Counter-Piracy Warship Visits Seychelles

Port Victoria, SEYCHELLES – Last week, NATO Warship TCG GELIBOLU paid a visit to Port Victoria to pursue the ongoing cooperation with the Seychellois Authorities in the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean.

NATO Forces have been visiting the Seychelles on a regular basis to train with the Seychelles Coast Guard, share information and coordinate efforts in the fight against piracy. The last NATO port visit to Port Victoria took place in July last year.

This time, Commander (TUR N) Olcay Yüksel, Commanding Officer of TCG GELIBOLU, paid courtesy calls to the head of the Port Victoria Port Authority, Lieutenant Colonel André Ciseau, and to the Commander of the Seychelles Coast Guard, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Dine.

One of the objectives of the visit was for the NATO delegation to identify training opportunities between the Seychelles Coast Guard and NATO Task Force 508 in order to improve interoperability and coordination in the field of counter-piracy operations.

Sharing views on the current situation, Commander Yüksel was also briefed on the Seychelles’ commitment to bringing pirates to justice, with over 100 cases of piracy having been judged by the Seychellois judicial system to this date.

“The visit to Port Victoria proved to be very beneficial for NATO-Seychelles cooperation.‚Äù Commander Y√ºksel said. ‚ÄùI am confident that the discussions we have had and the training opportunities we have identified for the future will help us to address together the challenges posed by piracy.‚Äù

Story hy HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office


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