On December 1, EU Navfor’s Operation Atalanta was represented by the Italian Navy’s ITS Federico Martinengo alongside Royal Navy of Oman’s (RNO) Al Shamikh Q40 (Khareef class) as the two warships carried out in Passing Exercise (PASSEX). The occasion closely followed the Italian ship’s port pay a visit to to Salalah. The PASSEX activity incorporated exchange of personnel and helicopter operations. Navies conduct such activities to aid realize every other’s capabilities and to make sure they are in a state of higher readiness to perform with each other.
Commander Andrea Quondamatteo of the Italian Navy and commanding officer of ITS Federico Martinengo stated not too long ago, “Exercises and training means readiness, and keeping standards in the field of maritime security at a very high level.”
EU Navfor has continued to be in a state of higher readiness given that December 2008 when Operation Atalanta was launched for counter-piracy mission in the regional waters.
Information Source: Muscat Daily