On Sunday, March 7, 2010, the French frigate Nivôse acting within the framework of the European operation Atalanta stopped eleven pirates operating off the coast of Somalia. Those captured were added to the twenty-four suspected pirates already held aboard the frigate. L'Atalante transaction records and the most important decision made by pirates in the Somali Basin.
This capture is the result of a combined European military capabilities implemented by the operation Atalanta: the French frigate Nivose, the Italian oil tanker "Etna", flagship of the operation, and a Spanish aircraft maritime patrol.
The oil tanker "Etna" since December 2009 is the flagship operation of the Atalante and take on board the General Staff, commanded by Admiral Italian Giovanni Gumiero.
MM Etna (A 5325) is Italian.
See also the Turkish Navy capture of additional pirates as set out here.