It is being reported that both Estonia and Slovenia are set¬†to end their participation in the European Union anti-piracy operation Atalanta, and alarm bells are ringing that this could see more nations back out from their security roles.
Despite a period of success against the Somali pirates there are still clear warnings that piracy has not been defeated, and pirates are still determined to get out to sea and will attack if presented with an easy target.
The Estonian navy has participated in Operation Atalanta since 2010. Five 10-member Estonian ship protection crews have taken part in the operation, serving on Germany and France-flagged ships along the coast of Somalia.
It is understood that Estonia will withdraw support this month, while Slovenia will pull out at the end of June.