Shipping: Piracy

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of The Duke of Montrose The Duke of Montrose Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British naval ships are currently involved in anti-pirate duties in the internationally recommended transit corridor and the Somali basin; and what success they have had in the past year.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The UK is providing a sizeable contribution to the coalition military effort and has a leading role in countering pirate activity off the coast of Somalia. The Ministry of Defence has been at the forefront of the European Union mission-Operation Atalanta-since it was introduced in December 2008, providing the operation commander and Operation HQ at Northwood.

There are currently two Royal Naval ships involved in counterpiracy operations in the internationally recognised transit corridor and the Somali basin. HMS "Montrose" and RFA "Fort Victoria" are both currently tasked to NATO counterpiracy mission (Operation Ocean Shield).

Over the past year the Royal Navy has successfully disrupted a number of pirate action groups, continued to promote the best management practice to industry to increase resilience to attack as well as seeing eight pirates successfully prosecuted by the Kenyan authorities and passing over another six for prosecution. Coalition forces (including the Royal Navy) have disrupted 123 pirate attack groups so far in 2010.

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