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  • 16 August 2017

    The Libyan Coast Guard detained a Spanish migrant-rescue NGO vessel near Libyan waters, holding the vessel and crew captive for nearly two hours. Proactiva Open Arms said on Tuesday that their vessel Golf Azzurro, a former fishing trawler, was “kidnapped” by a Libyan Coast Guard ship in international waters off the coast of Libya. According to […]

  • 29 November 2013

    HMS Bulwark has visited the Libyan port of Tripoli in support of a ministerial visit from the UK. The ship, which is part of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) and has been taking part in the Cougar 13 deployment, called in to Tripoli to support a visit by UK Minister for the […]

  • 17 March 2014

    A team of U.S. Navy SEALs has taken over control of the seized commercial tanker Morning Glory, the Pentagon officials announced this morning.   The operation, approved by the U.S. President Obama, was conducted last night around 2am GMT on the request of the Libyan and Cypriot governments. “No one was hurt tonight when U.S. […]

  • 8 July 2013

    Survey ship HMS Echo has completed a successful mission to make Libyan waters safer and pass on specialist knowledge to the Libyan Navy. HMS Echo used her sophisticated sonar equipment to map unseen wrecks, reefs and rocks off the Libyan coast and make navigation less hazardous. Significant discoveries included a number of uncharted wrecks in […]

  • 31 January 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Maritime law and operations training that EU and Libyan Navy and Coast Guard started in October 2016 entered the second phase on January 30, EUNAVFOR announced. Delivered by EUNAVFOR’s Mediterranean Sea mission called operation called Sophia, the training will continue in a maritime training centre in Crete, Greece. Twenty Libyan Navy Coast Guard and Libyan Navy […]

  • 25 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    EU and Libya have signed a memorandum of understanding under which European navies will provide training for the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy. The memorandum was signed by in Rome, Italy, by Commodore Abdalh Toumia, commander of Libyan Coastguard and Port Security and Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, EUNAVFOR MED operation commander, on August 23. “The Memorandum Of Understanding […]

  • 19 September 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Members of the Libyan Navy and Coast Guard arrived in Italy on September 17 to attend new training modules at the Italian Navy Petty Officer Academy in Taranto. Libyan authorities have sent a total of 87 candidates (Officers and Petty Officers) to EUNAVFOR Med for the training. The trainees will attend two different training modules […]

  • 20 April 2016

    High Representative of the European Union and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, accompanied by Pedro Serrano EEAS Deputy Secretary General and General, Michail Kostarakos, Chairman of EU Military Committee (EUMC), visited the Italian Aircraft Carrier Cavour, EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia flagship.   “I am honoured and proud to pay this first visit here. We […]

  • 24 March 2014

    The U.S. Navy’s USS Elrod relieved the USS Stout of its escort duties for the Morning Glory tanker ship on March 19, Army Col. Steven Warren, a Defense Department spokesman, told Pentagon reporters on Friday.   The Navy initially took control of the commercial tanker in international waters by request of the governments of Libya […]

  • 20 March 2014

    Twenty-five U.S. Navy personnel remain aboard the oil tanker Morning Glory after a team of Navy SEALs boarded and took control of the ship on March 17, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said yesterday. U.S. forces took control of the tanker in international waters at the request of the governments of Libya and […]

  • 15 June 2016

    The UN Security Council authorized member states’ ships to “use all measures” to intercept suspected vessels sailing in Libyan waters in an effort to implement the arms embargo imposed on Libya. The adopted resolution urged members to combat, by all means, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. Arms travelling to and from the […]

  • 5 April 2013
    Training & Education

    The first Royal Navy frigate to be invited to Tripoli in over 40 years has concluded a successful visit. HMS Kent, a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, berthed in the busy port of Tarabulus and was one element of Britain’s continued support to Libya. The visit was symbolic of the UK’s commitment to Libya’s transition […]

  • 14 September 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond joined the European operation Sophia by replacing HMS Enterprise, another Royal Navy ship which was part of the mission for several months. Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors from HMS Diamond conducted their final boarding exercise with HMS Enterprise prior to officially taking up their position as part of operation Sophia, the European […]

  • 15 February 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Italian Navy amphibious transport dock ITS San Giorgio wrapped up her participation in the EU-led operation Sophia and headed home on February 14. ITS San Giorgio had been part of the maritime group from October 22, 2016, and was in charge of training Libyan Coast Guard and Navy personnel in no-combat skills at sea, in particular […]

  • 27 October 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    EUNAVFOR operation Sophia has started training activities with the Libyan Navy and Coast Guard this week, and will continue doing so over the next three months. The training is taking place on board of two EUNAVFOR MED vessels on the high seas for 78 embarked trainees and their mentors. The initial training package comprises various models, ranging […]

  • 3 May 2017

    A German Navy fleet tender with an embarked team of Lithuanian boarding specialists intercepted a Libyan weapon-smuggling vessel on May 1. Tender ‘Rhein’ intercepted the Libyan-flagged vessel ‘El Mukthar’ in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. ‘Rhein’ is currently part of a EUNAVFOR counter-piracy and counter-smuggling task force called operation Sophia. According to EUNAVFOR, several […]

  • 10 October 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Libyan Navy and Coast Guard personnel started a new phase of training, dubbed “Package 2”, with the Italian Navy in La Maddalena, Italy, on October 8. The training is conducted as part of the EU-led Mediterranean Sea migrant-response operation Sophia. A total of 69 personnel will be trained in this phase. Hosted by the Italian Navy, […]

  • 9 March 2012
    Training & Education

    The Lynx-helicopter which has been sitting on the beach in the Libyan town of Sirte was transported to the capital, Tripoli, on 27 February 2012. There, the helicopter will be prepared for civilian transport to the Netherlands.The Lynx is no longer airworthy and will be dismantled and scrapped. The Libyan authorities are assisting in the […]

  • 1 September 2016

    RFA Mounts Bay has assisted in the removal of the last batch of known materials which could be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons from Libya. The UK provided RFA Mounts Bay to support the Danish-led maritime operation, escorting a Danish transport ship through the Mediterranean as it carried the chemicals, the Defence Secretary […]

  • 26 September 2011

      After six months and one day supporting the UK mission over Libya as part of Operation ELLAMY, RAF Typhoons have left Gioia del Colle in Italy and returned to the UK. The return of the aircraft is part of the strategy to optimise the air contribution to the current and future campaign which the […]

  • 25 June 2012
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A delegation from the Libyan Navy has visited HMS Raleigh and Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) for an insight into the methods used by the Royal Navy to train new recruits. The delegation was led by Commodore Hassan Ali Bushnak, Chief Of Staff Libyan Naval Force. During their time at HMS Raleigh, in Torpoint, the […]

  • 23 August 2017

    German Navy tender FGS Rhein is returning home after a five-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and the EU-led migrant crisis operation Sophia. The tender is set to return to her homeport in Kiel on August 28 after spending five months in the Mediterranean where she helped save lives and fight people smugglers. In addition […]

  • 15 September 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    A boat carrying up to 250 African emigrants has sunk off Libyan coast on Sunday, and according to a Libyan navy spokesperson, many passengers have died.   Navy spokesman Ayub Qassem said that only 26 people have been rescued after the incident which occurred near Tajoura, east of the capital Tripoli. The under-equipped Libya’s coastguard, which mainly exists on […]

  • 11 April 2013

    Leaders from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and U.S. 6th Fleet and the Libyan navy and coast guard, met to discuss maritime security in Naples, Italy, April 3-4. During the visit, the Libyans and U.S. personnel exchanged information on maritime domain awareness (MDA), discussed strategies and cooperation between the two navies, and toured the 6th […]

  • 7 August 2012
    Training & Education

    IF YOU don’t recognise the ancient ramparts – or the flag for that matter – it’s because no Royal Navy sailor has seen this historic fortress up close in decades. This is the Assaraya Alhamra (the Red Castle), bastion of Tripoli for more than half a millennium, as seen from the bridge of HMS Echo […]

  • 20 September 2018

    Italian Navy transport vessel Nave Caprera was used to smuggle cigarettes on the return trip from Libya where the ship was deployed in support of an EU migrant interdiction mission. The ship reportedly returned to the Italian Navy base Brindisi with over 700 kg of cigarettes on board. This was confirmed by the Italian Navy […]

  • 24 March 2014

    A commercial oil tanker, the Morning Glory, carrying cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company, returned to Libyan capital, Tripoli on Sunday, Reuters reports.   Once in port, the Libyan forces arrested three rebels from Libya, who had seized the tanker earlier this month at Es Sider port, together with the […]

  • 8 April 2019

    US personnel stationed in Tripoli were evacuated from the city in the wake of the advance of Libyan National Army forces, led by General Khalifa Hifter, towards the Libyan capital. LNA forces started their push on April 5. The UN-backed government says that 21 people have already been killed in fighting near the capital. The […]

  • 15 July 2013
    Training & Education

    A group of Libyan Sea Cadets had the rare opportunity to go onboard and experience life in Royal Navy Survey Ship HMS Echo. The group of 24 youngsters got to visit HMS Echo during her recent stopover in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, while she was carrying out survey work off the country’s coast. The group […]