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Espada joins fight against Gulf piracy

Espada Logistics And Security Group : 12 December, 2008  (Application Story)
Manned security group to deploy on-ship security and shore based consultancy services in the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Aden
Espada Logistics and Security has expanded its base of operation from South America to the Gulf of Aden by providing onsite security and consulting services to the maritime industry.

'Despite the increase in military patrols from NATO, Russia and the Indian Navy, Somali pirates have increased their attacks against the ships that transit this region,' Jim Jorrie, the president of Espada Logistics and Security Group, said.

'This was a natural fit for us as we already had a large roster of ex-Special Forces personnel with anti-piracy and anti-insurgent operations experience,' Jorrie added. 'Our desire is avoid a conflict in the first place, but if necessary our highly trained and experienced team members can quickly and successfully defend a customer's assets from a pirate attack.'

Espada Logistics and Security Group has provided similar security services in South America for the past five years, protecting oil and gas exploration teams from FARC and ELN insurgent fighters. The company originally hired former American and Colombian military Special Forces personnel to provide security as well as logistical support services in the southern hemisphere.

'Like our work in South America, our security teams for the Horn of Africa have access to a vast information network that allows them to get the latest intelligence and threat assessments for our maritime customers,' Jorrie said.

The Espada chief executive said that his firm has partnered with Unlimited Technology to provide them with maritime security solutions and sensors to help his physical security teams deal with possible open water threats and provide an electronic command center for threat detection and response, making use of their teams between many vessels across the region.

'Having the resources of Unlimited Technology has given us a unique 'look down' capability to detect possible pirate ships at great distances and to gather on-board force data of monitored vessels. This aids us with further prevention measures for our clients and prepares us with real-time options to engage the pirates, should that become necessary,' Jorrie said.

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