EU Announces 'Operation Aspides' to Beef Up Red Sea Security

EU Announces 'Operation Aspides' to Beef Up Red Sea Security

Objective of the defensive maritime security operation is to restore freedom of navigation in the Red Sea

Following the latest multiple attacks on a US-owned and Greek-flagged ship in the Red Sea the European Council (EC) has announced the launch of 'Operation Aspides'.

According to an EC press release the objective of this defensive maritime security operation is to restore and safeguard freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and the Gulf.

Within its defensive mandate, the operation will provide maritime situational awareness, accompany vessels, and protect them against possible multi-domain attacks at sea.

The operation will be active along the main sea lines of communication in the Baab al-Mandab Strait and the Strait of Hormuz, as well as international waters in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, and the Gulf.

The Operation Commander will be Commodore Vasilios Griparis, and the Force Commander will be Rear Admiral Stefano Costantino. The Operation headquarters will be based in Larissa, Greece.

Operation ASPIDES will coordinate closely with the EUNAVFOR ATALANTA to contribute to maritime security in the West Indian Ocean and in the Red Sea,  as well as, with like-minded partners contributing to maritime security in its area of operation.

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