The Netherlands Defence organisation deploys various ships and security teams off the coast of Somalia with the objective of counteracting piracy in the area. Since 2012, there has been a sharp reduction in the number of ship hijackings in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin. Counterpiracy missions nevertheless remain essential in the area. Dutch participation in the EU’s Operation Atalanta is scheduled to run until the end of 2017. Training the army is just one way in which the Netherlands is helping Somalia to improve its security and stability.