The past operations carried out to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden and in the Somali waters, highlight the need to support the Navy units deployed in the region with an Operational Detachment placed onboard Italian merchant vessels.

This necessity results in Military Protection Teams (NMP)who have the skills to work as detached units aboard Italian merchant vessels, with an adequate degree of autonomy in operations and logistics.

A study of records of pirate attacks shows that the affected area can be comprised between the waters off Somalia and the Indian Ocean – 1,300 nautical miles from the Somali shores. This is the area which will be secured by our men.