PICTURES: UAE vessel rescued by EU naval force
Pictures have been published by European External Action, the online media platform for the European Union Naval Force ATALANTA (EU NAVFOR) showing the rescue at sea of the UAE tug Alaa en-route to Somalia.
The tug Alaa of 260-gross tons issued a distress call after it suffered engine failure in the Arabian Sea and was left drifting in open water beam on to the seas, rolling heavily in the Indian Ocean swell.
The EU Naval Force warship, ITS Grecale was conducting a counter-piracy patrol in the Arabian Sea and came to the assistance of the tug. Engineers aboard the warship boarded the tug and fixed its engine.
The following day the tug’s owner sent ITS Grecale’s commanding officer an email thanking him and his crew for their assistance.
ITS Grecale is a Maestrale class frigate in the Italian Navy. The Maestrale-class frigates were primarily designed for anti-submarine warfare, however the ships are highly flexible so they are also capable of anti-air and anti-surface operations.
The European Union launched the European Union Naval Force ATALANTA (EU NAVFOR) in December 2008 within the framework of the European Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and in accordance with relevant UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean.