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  • 29 December 2015

    Frontex, the European member-states’ external border management agency, initiated the deployment of 293 officers and 15 vessels to the Greek islands on December 28. The units are assigned under a new operation called Poseidon Rapid Intervention after Greece requested additional assistance at its external borders in the Aegean Sea earlier this month. This intervention is established […]

  • 20 January 2015

    Italian Navy’s Cassiopea class patrol boats Libra P 402 rescued almost 500 migrants on Thursday night, January 15. As part of the Frontex Triton operation, the vessel encountered two boats carrying migrants 60 nautical miles off Tripoli. The boats were carrying 111 and 175 migrants respectively. Once they were rescued by a port authority vessel, the migrants boarded […]

  • 10 November 2015

    EUNAVFOR Med operation Sophia Force Commander, Rear Admiral (LH) Andrea Gueglio, visited the Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Tyr, operating under Frontex agency mission’s Triton, on November 8. Arriving on board, Admiral Gueglio was welcomed by Tyr’s Commanding Officer, CDR Finar H. Vaisson, who guided him throughout the ship describing her capabilities and main activities conducted since […]

  • 9 March 2016

    German Navy’s combat support ship EGV Bonn, flagship of NATO’s SNMG 2 was the first ship to enter the area of activity for a first patrol around the Greek island of Lesbos last weekend. In the last days, NATO expanded the area of activity into the territorial waters of Turkey and Greece, in close coordination with […]

  • 1 June 2015

    UK Border Force officers were among a rescue team that saved more than 100 migrants in the Mediterranean on Saturday, May 31. HMC Protector, one of Border Force’s cutters, was on patrol for Operation Triton south of Sicily when it was alerted by the Italian Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Rome to a migrant boat […]

  • 21 March 2016

    French patrol ship FS Commandant Bouan joined NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Aegean Sea last week. Commandant Bouan is the second ship to reinforce the mission against human traffickers as the Dutch frigate HNLMS Van Amstel sailed for the Aegean on March 10. SNMG2 is conducting reconnaissance and monitoring activities in […]

  • 1 June 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    More than 5,000 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued in the Central Mediterranean over the weekend. British, Maltese, Belgian and Italian vessels and Icelandic and Finnish planes deployed in EU operation Triton coordinated by Frontex were fully engaged in this rescue effort. Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said: This is the biggest wave […]

  • 29 April 2015

    After the latest Mediterranean Sea migrant tragedy, the European Council made a decision on April 23 to bolster efforts in preventing further loss of lives at sea. Many EU member states immediately pledged to provide assistance by sending additional vessels and aircraft to avoid future tragedies. According to the Council, the funding for the Mediterranean operations will […]

  • 23 June 2011

      On Thursday 16 June, during a patrol for the Frontex border control operation in the Mediterranean, naval ship HNLMS Mercuur intercepted 400 kilos of cannabis. The two crew members of the boat, who threw the drugs overboard, were arrested by the Spanish authorities. HNLMS Mercuur spotted the suspect boat during a patrol. The boat […]

  • 9 May 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Denmark is sending a Bombardier Challenger 604 maritime patrol aircraft to support the monitoring of shipping traffic in the Indian Ocean, the country’s ministry of foreign affairs announced on May 5. It was further said that Denmark would make a Challenger airplane available for the Mediterranean efforts to monitor EU’s outer borders under Frontex. “With the deployment of our […]

  • 7 July 2016

    The European Parliament has backed the European Commission proposal to establish a European border and Coast Guard with the aim of protecting Europe’s external borders. “We welcome the endorsement of the proposal for a European Border and Coast Guard by the European Parliament today. If we want to manage migration better and preserve our Schengen […]

  • 15 September 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The European Union Council gave its final approval to the European Border and Coast Guard on September 14 and the EU now estimates the body will start its activities in mid-October. The main role of the European Border and Coast Guard is to help provide integrated border management at the external borders. It is designed to ensure the effective […]

  • 5 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Italian aircraft carrier, ITS Cavour, currently flagship of the EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia, on February 3 carried out cross training with the Norwegian Multipurpose Platform Supply Vessel Siem Pilot using one of its embarked helicopters. An Italian EH-101 helicopter took off from ITS Cavour testing the ability to hover on the bow deck of the Norwegian ship, and […]

  • 28 June 2016

    German Navy’s combat support ship EGV Bonn, flagship of NATO’s Standing Marititme Group 2, returned to her homeport in Wilhelmshaven, Germany after spending six months underway. During this time, the ship sailed a total of 26.000 nautical miles. First commanded by Flottillenadmiral (Rear Admiral) Jörg Klein and later by Rear Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach, the ship hosted German Federal Minister […]

  • 4 November 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Croatian Navy’s Moma-class training ship Andrija Mohorovičić is expected to return to her homeport in Lora, Split, after a three-month participation in exercise Triton 2015, organised by Frontex. The ship is scheduled to enter the port tomorrow, November 5. The ship concluded its participation in exercise Triton 2015 by docking at the Catania port, Greece, on October […]

  • 17 March 2016

    Commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command, Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, visited the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 currently deployed to the Aegean with the task of combating migrant smuggling. The Commander went on board the German combat support ship EGV Bonn, the flagship of SNMG as the ship continues its activities in the Aegean Sea. During […]

  • 27 March 2018

    German Navy combat support ship EGV Frankfurt am Main has wrapped up its deployment to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 and is now en route to its homeport. Frankfurt am Main is scheduled to enter Wilhelmshaven on March 29 after spending five and a half months underway. The ship deployed to SNMG2 in October 2017 after undergoing […]

  • 1 August 2016

    Dutch Navy’s De Zeven Provincien-class frigate HNLMS De Ruyter will be taking over as flagship of the NATO mission in the Aegean Sea in September 2016. The German Navy said the Dutch ship would take place of the frigate FGS Karlsruhe which is currently at the helm of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 conducting […]

  • 10 March 2016

    The Royal Netherlands Navy’s Karel Doorman-class frigate HNLMS Van Amstel is joining NATO’s fight against people-smugglers in the Aegean Sea. The De Schelde Group-built frigate will integrate into NATO’s Standing Nato Mine Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2). The ship was already at sea and is now sailing towards the deployment region. In the last days, NATO expanded the […]

  • 29 October 2015

    Vessels of the Operation Sophia fleet conducted two rescue operations yesterday, Oct 28. The ships SNS Triglav and HMS Enterprise were the first to be called to action where they were required to help a wooden boat in distress. A few hours later, HMS Richmond and FGS Berlin carried out another rescue by taking up migrants sailing […]

  • 4 September 2019

    German Navy Sachsen-class frigate FGS Hamburg is scheduled to depart her Wilhelmsaven homeport on September 6 to join NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). Hamburg will set sail for the Aegean Sea where the international group is most active. The air-defense frigate and her crew will spend the next five months with the group. Hamburg’s […]

  • 6 March 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria has awarded Israeli defense company Elbit Systems a contract to supply combat suites and perform systems integration for the three new Hellenic Coast Guard patrol vessels. The three boats are built by Cantiere Navale Vittoria under a contract announced in January this year. Their construction is co-financed by the European Border […]

  • 2 August 2018

    German Navy’s frigate Lübeck will soon become part of the NATO’s Standing Nato Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Aegean Sea, the navy said.  The Bremen-class frigate will depart her homeport of Wilhelmshaven on August 6, 2018, in order to join the group. Lübeck has been preparing for this deployment since the beginning of this year […]

  • 7 November 2017

    German Navy’s Bremen-class frigate FGS Lübeck is on her way home having concluded 700 patrol hours as part of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). The ship and her 200 crew are scheduled to enter their homeport of Wilhelmshaven on November 10, after two months of operations in the Aegean Sea. Together with other ships […]

  • 10 October 2017

    The lead ship of the Portuguese Navy Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessels joined the European frontier and coast guard agency Frontex arriving at the Italian port of Catania on Monday. NRP Viana do Castelo will be contributing to the control and surveillance of maritime borders in addition to standing ready for the rescue of migrants at […]

  • 24 November 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Albanian Navy joined it’s first-ever NATO maritime mission by deploying its patrol boat ALS Oriku to Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 on Monday. The vessel will support NATO activities in the Aegean Sea as part of the international efforts to stop illegal trafficking and migration. ALS Oriku is an Iliria-class patrol boat manned by 21 […]

  • 11 July 2016

    Polish frigate ORP General Tadeusz Kosciuszko joined Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) on July 7. The former U.S. Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, one of two in the Polish Navy, will spend the next few months under NATO flag providing support to NATO maritime activities. ORP General Tadeusz Kosciuszko left homeport in Gdynia on June […]

  • 8 March 2016

    Op Sophia vessels, assisted by the Spanish air force aircraft Vigma D-4 rescued 208 migrants at sea, while they were sailing towards Europe on March 6. According to EUNAVFOR, migrants on board two rubber boats were spotted by the Vigma D-4 aircraft 30 Nautical Miles North of Tripoli. The aircraft then reported their position to the Italian Maritime Rescue […]

  • 17 October 2017

    German Navy’s combat support ship EGV Frankfurt am Main which damaged its stern in March this year is ready to deploy again after undergoing repair works in Kiel. The ship sustained stern damage while reversing into a sea lock at Wilhelmshaven navy base and had to sail for Kiel where it was repaired by German […]