According to an article appearing today in the international edition of the New York Times (the International Herald Tribune), the European Union's fleet is taking over Somalian anti-piracy operations from NATO. Europe plans to manage the operation with six (6) warships and three (3) maritime anti-reconnaissance aircraft. The operation, per Javier Solana, is named "Operation Atalanta." Breaking news this morning was that a cruise vessel with 1,000 aboard was attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. The ships are being supplied by England, France, Greece, and Germany. Quoting from the International Herald Tribune article:
"The task force — codenamed Operation Atalanta — will be the EU's first naval operation. It will have the same duties as the NATO mission, including escorting cargo vessels, protecting merchant ships and deterring pirate attacks.
"These tasks will be done with very robust rules of engagement," Solana told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers."