Lithuanian naval officer receives medal for fighting piracy off Somalia

Lieutenant Captain Remigijus Zabiela awarded for service in EU naval operation

The awards ceremony took place aboard the Italian naval frigate ITS Carabiniere, which is one of the three warships assigned to operation Atalanta. The operation currently involves EU warships from Germany, Spain and Italy.

Lithuania has been contributing to Atalanta since 2011 by appointing an officer to its operational headquarters in Northwood, the United Kingdom, and to the operation’s flagship.

Another 16 Lithuanian officers are currently serving on the mission protecting a World Food Program ship carrying humanitarian shipments to Somalia.

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