New RPG threat sees naval coalition up presence in the Gulf of Aden

New RPG threat sees naval coalition up presence in the Gulf of Aden

The naval presence off the Horn of Africa is being upped in the wake of a spate of recent attacks. The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) said in a release today that the naval coalition will be increasing its coverage in the western Gulf of Aden.

“Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb have highlighted that there are still risks associated with transits through these waters. In addition to several attempts at piracy, attacks by small, high speed boats using small arms, rocket propelled grenades, and significant amounts of explosives have been conducted,” the CMF noted, saying this type of attack was a “new threat” to the maritime community.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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