The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is deliberating a plan for the regional group to deploy a military force to Mozambique to help stabilise the northern Cabo Delgado province where Islamist insurgents are overwhelming security forces.
The SADC’s Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security Co-operation held a meeting in Maputo on 28 April to discuss a report by a team that was sent to Mozambique to assess the situation and recommend how the group could provide military assistance.
Spanish Navy deploys counter-UAV system on Santa María-class frigate for the first time
28 February 2024
by Neil Dee
The Santa María-class frigate
with the now-removed Meroka CIWS above the hangar. The frigate has embarked a counter-UAV system for the first time.
(Spanish Ministry of Defence)
The Spanish Navy has deployed a counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system on the Santa María-class frigate Canarias (F 86) for the first time ahead of the frigate's deployment to European Union Naval Force's (EU NAVFOR's) Operation ‘Atalanta' in the Indian Ocean.
Greek frigate Hydra departs for Red Sea to join Operation ‘Aspides'
28 February 2024
by Kate Tringham
The Hellenic Navy's frigate
is pictured at Salamis Naval Station prior to departing for the Red Sea on 26 February.
The Hellenic Navy has despatched its lead Hydra (MEKO 200 HN)-class frigate to the Red Sea where it will participate in the European Union's (EU's) new maritime security mission Operation ‘Aspides'.
The EU officially launched Operation ‘Aspides' on 19 February to help protect commercial shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden from the ongoing attacks by Iran-backed Ansar Allah (commonly known as Houthis) militants in Yemen.
The situation in Yemen is particularly complex. Even before the start of the attacks on shipping in November 2023 by Ansar Allah (commonly known as the Houthis), the country has been of interest to many. A large-scale humanitarian crisis has em...