BERLIN, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- The German parliament on Friday approved the
use of a warship in an European Union anti-piracy mission off the coast of
This would be the first time for the German navy to go abroad to conduct an
Germany will send a naval frigate, the Karlsruhe, and up to 1,400 sailors,
airmen and other military personnel to participate in the EU mission, code-named
The German mission will last one year and cost about 45 millioneuros (about
63 million U.S. dollars).
Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet has agreed that the sailors on the
Karlsruhe should have a "robust mandate" to shoot at pirates and liberate
prisoners by force if other deterrence fails.The vessel normally has a crew of
The Karlsruhe will be allowed to capture pirates and send them to Germany
for trial only if they have harmed German citizens or ships.
The Atalanta mission is intended to protect sea lanes in the Gulf of
Aden and the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia, including routes for
aid shipments into Somali ports.