Press Notice: Piracy off the Somali Coast

Immediate Release
Wednesday 13 January 2010


The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy will hear evidence on piracy off the Somali Coast in a public meeting on Thursday 14 January.

The Committee will question the Rear Admiral Peter Hudson who is the Operation Commander for EU Operation Atalanta.

The Atalanta Operation will be the focus of the meeting and the Committee will question the Rear Admiral on subjects such as the Operations priorities, strengths and weaknesses and how the Operations effectiveness could be improved. The Committee is also hoping to find out more about the interaction between Atalanta and the NATO and coalition maritime forces that operate in the area, as well as the resources such as maritime patrol aircraft that are part of the EU mission.

Questions will also be asked about the tactics of pirates and the frequency, type and location of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden and off the east coast of Africa.

The evidence session will take place at 10:35am on Thursday 14 January in Committee Room 2A of the House of Lords.

Notes to Editors

  1. The evidence session is open to the public; journalists wishing to attend should access Parliament via St Stephen's Entrance where they will be directed towards the Committee Corridor. Please arrive in plenty of time to allow for security screening.
  2. The evidence session will be webcast live at:
  3. For more information on the Lords European Union Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs please see