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E.U. naval forces arresting Somali pirates in Indian Ocean

One of the more curious aspects of the coverage of “Europe’s migrant crisis” is the apparent assumption that Europe couldn’t possibly do anything to keep Asians and Africans from crossing the Mediterranean because that would require naval forces, and whoever heard of Europe having boats in the water?

But European navies not only exist, they are currently policing the Indian Ocean to keep down Somali pirates. The E.U. has Operation Atalanta, while European nations participate as well in the U.S. headed Combined Task Force 150. Here’s Wikipedia’s description of the E.U.’s operation

Operation Atalanta:

Operation Atalanta, also known as European Union Naval Force Somalia (EU-NAVFOR-ATALANTA), is a current counter-piracy military operation at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean, that is the first undertaken by the European Union Naval Force. …

The following vessels have, among others, been committed to the Operation as of 25 February 2015.[25][26]

Belgium Karel Doorman-class frigate BNS Louise-Marie (F931), Belgium[27][28]
Belgium Karel Doorman-class frigate BMS Leopold I (F930), Belgium
Germany Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Brandenburg (F215), Germany[29]
Germany Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (F218), Germany
Germany Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Schleswig-Holstein (F216), Germany[30]
Germany Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Bayern (F217), Germany
Germany Bremen-class frigate FGS Rheinland-Pfalz (F209), Germany[29]
Germany Bremen-class frigate FGS Köln (F211), Germany[31]
Germany Bremen-class frigate FGS Niedersachsen (F208), Germany[32]
Germany Bremen-class frigate FGS Lübeck (F214), Germany[33]
Germany Sachsen-class frigate FGS Hamburg (F220)[34][35]
Germany Rhön-class tanker FGS Rhön (A1443), Germany[36]
Germany Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Berlin (A1411), Germany

Netherlands De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate HNLMS De Ruyter (F804), Netherlands
Netherlands De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F805), Netherlands[37]
Netherlands Karel Doorman-class frigate HNLMS Van Speijk (F828), Netherlands
Netherlands Karel Doorman-class frigate HNLMS Van Amstel (F831), Netherlands[38]
Netherlands Replenishment oiler HNLMS Amsterdam (A836), Netherlands[39]
Netherlands Rotterdam class amphibious transport dock HNLMS Johan de Witt (L801), Netherlands[40]
Netherlands Holland-class offshore patrol vessels HNLMS Groningen (P843), Netherlands
Italy Maestrale-class frigate ITS Maestrale (F570), Italy
Italy Maestrale-class frigate ITS Libeccio (F572), Italy[41]
Italy Maestrale-class frigate ITS Zeffiro (F577), Italy[42][43]
Italy Maestrale-class frigate ITS Espero (F576), Italy[44]
Italy Maestrale-class frigate ITS Scirocco (F573), Italy[45]
Italy San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock ITS San Giusto (L9894), Italy[46]
Italy Horizon-class frigate ITS Andrea Doria (D553), Italy[47]
France helicopter cruiser FS Jeanne d’Arc (R97), France[48]
France Mistral-class amphibious assault ship BPC Tonnerre (L9014), France
France Georges Leygues-class frigate FASM Jean de Vienne (D643), France
France Georges Leygues-class frigate FASM Georges Leygues (D640), France[48]
France La Fayette-class frigate FLF Aconit (F713), France[49][50]
France La Fayette-class frigate FLF Guépratte (F714), France[51]
France La Fayette-class frigate FLF La Fayette (F710), France[52]
France La Fayette-class frigate FLF Surcouf (F711), France[53][54]
France Tourville-class frigate FASM De Grasse (D612)[55]
France Floréal-class frigate FS Floréal (F730), France[56][57]
France Floréal-class frigate FS Nivôse (F732), France[25][58]
France Cassard-class frigate FAA Jean Bart (D615), France[59]
France D’Estienne d’Orves-class frigate FS Jacoubet (F794), France[60][61]
France Durance-class tanker FS Marne (A630), France[62]
France Foudre-class landing platform dock FS Siroco (L9012), France[63]
New Zealand Lockheed P-3 Orion P-3K2 Orion, New Zealand
Portugal Vasco da Gama-class frigate NRP Vasco da Gama (F330)[64][65]
Portugal Vasco da Gama-class frigate NRP Álvares Cabral (F331)[66]
Portugal Lockheed P-3 Orion P-3C Papa, Portugal[67]
Spain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Santa Maria (F81), Spain
Spain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Victoria (F82), Spain[68]
Spain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Numancia (F83), Spain
Spain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Navarra (F85), Spain
Spain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Canarias (F86), Spain
Spain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Reina Sofía (F84), Spain[69]
Spain Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate SPS Blas de Lezo (F103), Spain
Spain Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate SPS Mendez Nuñez (F104), Spain
Spain Descubierta-class corvette SPS Infanta Elena (P76), Spain
Spain Descubierta-class corvette SPS Infanta Cristina (P77), Spain[70]
Spain Descubierta-class corvette SPS Cazadora (P78), Spain
Spain Descubierta-class corvette SPS Vencedora (P79), Spain[71]
Spain Galicia-class landing platform dock SPS Galicia (L51), Spain[72]
Spain Replenishment oiler SPS Patiño (A14), Spain[73][74]
Spain Meteoro-class offshore patrol boat SPS Relámpago (P43), Spain[75]
Spain Lockheed P-3 Orion P-3M Orion, Spain
United Kingdom Type 22-class frigate HMS Cumberland (F85), United Kingdom
United Kingdom Type 23-class frigate HMS Northumberland (F238), United Kingdom
United Kingdom Bay-class landing ship RFA Lyme Bay (L3007), United Kingdom
Greece Hydra-class frigate HS Salamis (F455) Greece[76][77]
Greece Hydra-class frigate HS Psara (F454) Greece
Greece Elli-class frigate HS Elli (F450), Greece[78]
Greece Elli-class frigate HS Adrias (F459), Greece[79][80]
Sweden Stockholm-class corvette HSwMS Stockholm (K11), Sweden
Sweden Stockholm-class corvette HSwMS Malmö (K12), Sweden[81]
Sweden Akademik Shuleykin-class auxiliary vessel HSwMS Trossö (A264), Sweden
Sweden ocean patrol vessel HMS Carlskrona (P04), Sweden[82]
Norway Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310), Norway – (Non EU member contribution)
Finland Pohjanmaa class minelayer FNS Pohjanmaa, Finland[83][84]
Romania Type 22-class frigate Regele Ferdinand (221), Romania
Ukraine Krivak-class frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U130), Ukraine

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Not strong enough to break the blockade: German High Seas Fleet, Jutland, 5/31/1916

From the translation in Gates of Vienna of an interview with Thilo Sarrazin, German central banker and author of the 2011 mega-seller Germany Abolishes Itself.

The translated interview from Die Zeit:

Thilo Sarrazin: “You Are Welcome to Ask Me What I Would Do if I Were Head of Frontex”[1]

Interview with Thilo Sarrazin by Tina Hildebrandt and Heinrich Wefing

September 13, 2015

Die Zeit: Except for perhaps North Korea, there are no border controls that function,

Thilo Sarrazin: … Africa, which has 1.2 billion people now and will have 4.4 billion by year 2100, is not a monkey on their back.

Die Zeit: Aside from the fact that we do not believe that billions of people will start out from Africa — if they did, no fence could keep them out.

Thilo Sarrazin: Yeah, you should study a little military history. The British managed in WWI — without radar and, until 1916 — without aerial reconnaissance, it sealed the entire North Sea against blockade runners.

Really not strong enough to break a blockade

Feel free to ask me what I would do if I were head of Frontex and had the political and financial means.

Die Zeit: So what would you do?

Thilo Sarrazin: I would capture every ship. Even if it were a not merchant ship, I would set its passengers ashore at the exact spot on the African coast where they started and destroy the boat. You may be sure — after six weeks, no more of them would start out and there will be no more boat refugees.

Die Zeit: Let’s think that through. You have a militarily secured, impenetrable border around the Schengen area. What do you do with war refugees from Syria?

Thilo Sarrazin: War refugees from Iraq and Syria should for then most part be accommodated near their homeland, that is in Turkey, northern Iraq and Jordan. And then, when the war is over, they can most easily return.

Die Zeit: That is, we should take no war refugees into Europe?

Thilo Sarrazin: I believe, to put it positively, war refugees should be accommodated near the location of he conflict.

Die Zeit: And if that overwhelms these countries? The situation in Lebanon is explosive, Jordan is extremely fragile, war against the IS prevails in Iraq…

Thilo Sarrazin: Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan are the neighbor states. And there are the Gulf States or Saudi Arabia which are stinking rich and have taken not one foreign Arab and co-religionist. They have the primary responsibility to keep order in their region.

The Australians and Israelis have shown that the naval equivalent of boots on the ground — boats in the water — works.

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