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Rear Admiral Hank Ort

Chief of staff, Allied Maritime Component Command, NATO

The number of reported pirate attacks last year soared to a seven-year high, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Over half of these occurred off the Horn of Africa despite the presence of three multinational naval task forces. However, the areas patrolled by the EU’s Operation Atalanta, NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield (pictured) and the US-led Task Force 151 have been virtually scoured clear and the pirates were forced to extremes, tackling ships 1,000 miles…



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