1. The following is an update on the incident in last week’s report:
‘The combined military assessment of the incident reported in the Southern Red Sea 22nd July, concludes this was not an attack or act of attempted piracy but an encounter with local Yemeni Security Forces from the Hanish Islands investigating a ship conducting legitimate operations and responding to warning shots from the on-board Armed Security Team. Although an isolated incident, mariners should remain vigilant when transiting the area and report any suspicious activity to UKMTO’.
2. An informative article in the UK’s ‘Telegraph’ by Vernon Bogdanor covers the events leading up to the Suez crisis 60 years ago, 26 July 1956 (c). Op Atalanta warships demonstrate multiple refuelling with the German tanker, FGS Spessart, during their Counter Piracy mission off Somalia (f).