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  • 23 March 2016
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    Since EUNAVFOR’s mission to tackle human trafficking and smuggling in the Central Mediterranean Sea and off the coast of Libya entered its second phase, Op Sophia ships have seized 98 vessels and helped arrest 58 suspect smugglers. The Op Sophia mission started June 22, 2015 with the first phase of operation aimed at gathering intelligence on […]

  • 3 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Op Sophia military personnel who recently left the EUNAVFOR operation in the Mediterranean have been awarded mission medals. The operation commander Rear Admiral (UH) Enrico Credendino awarded the medal February 2, after little more than 6 months since the operation was launched. 45 officers, petty officers and enlisted, coming from 11 different European Union Member States, […]

  • 1 March 2018
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    The commanders of NATO’s operation Sea Guardian and EU-led operation Sophia met at sea on February 24 to discuss closer tactical level coordination and information sharing in the central Mediterranean Sea. The task group commander for NATO’s maritime security operation Sea Guardian (OSG) visited the European Union operation Sophia force commander onboard the Op Sophia flagship ITS […]

  • 1 February 2016
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    Operation Sophia, the EU-mission in the Mediterranean, has been making headlines with migrant-rescue operations. The main goal of the mission, however, is to disrupt the networks of migrant smugglers. The German Navy says the Op Sophia is succeeding in this undertaking. The EU-operation entered the second, operational phase around four months ago. During this phase, […]

  • 2 May 2016
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    European naval vessels rescued a total of 587 migrants trying to reach Europe in five unseaworthy boats. In the morning hours of April 29, a Spanish maritime patrol aircraft spotted the migrants and reported that one of the boats was in poor condition and semi-sunken. Four ships assigned to EUNAVFOR’s mission to prevent loss of […]

  • 20 April 2016
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    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 […]

  • 27 June 2016
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    After a non-governmental organization ship reported spotting around 500 people in a wooden barge, 84 kilometers north-west of Tripoli, Libya, on June 24, German Navy combat support ship Frankfurt am Main was sent to the location to assist the rescue efforts. After arriving at the destination, the German ship found a total of two wooden barges and four […]

  • 7 April 2016
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    The Irish government has approved a proposal from the Minister of Defence for the deployment of an Irish Naval vessel to the humanitarian search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea. While subject to finalisation of operational arrangements, the decision calls on sending one ship with a crew comprising approximately sixty (60) to EUNAVFOR’s Op Sophia. According to […]

  • 12 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy’s F123 Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will depart her homeport in Willhelmshaven on August 16 to join the EU mission against human trafficking in the Mediterranean Sea. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is expected to join the EUNAVFOR Op Sophia at the beginning of September, the German Navy said. The frigate will first sail in the Baltic Sea where she will conduct […]

  • 30 March 2016
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    German Navy’s combat support ship EGV Frankfurt am Main, part of EUNAVFOR’s Op Sophia mission saved 105 migrants 50 kilometers north of the Tripoli coast on March 29. Once all migrants were taken on board the warship, sailors sunk the rubber boat which was used by migrants. EGV Frankfurt am Main later transferred the rescued persons to […]

  • 18 July 2017
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    Following an EU Committee report into the operation Sophia which said the undertaking is not working, EU members seem less willing to continue the mission. The mission which, as the report says, was failing to deliver its mandate of disrupting the migrant smugglers’ networks, was supposed to be extended to the end of 2018. It […]

  • 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 […]

  • 14 March 2016
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    Slovenian patrol ship SNS Triglav departed EUNAVFOR’s Mediterranean operation Sophia and headed home after almost five months of deployment. The Triglav, when compared to other Op Sophia vessels such as frigates and auxiliary ships, is a relatively small ship crewed by only 34 men and women. EUNAVFOR however said the Slovenian ship performed in the open […]

  • 23 January 2019
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    German Navy units will no longer be taking part in operation Sophia – an EU-led effort to tackle migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean sea, German officials have announced. Bremen-class frigate FGS Augsburg is currently deployed to operation Sophia and will not be replaced by another German Navy ship once its deployment ends early February. Bundeswehr […]

  • 31 December 2015
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    An EH101 helicopter embarked on Op Sophia’s flagship, ITS Garibaldi, spotted two rubber boats in international waters during a patrol on December 29. The rubber boats were sailing from the Lybian coast. The Royal Navy warship HMS Enterprise was tasked by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center to intervene and take the migrants on board. As a […]

  • 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, […]

  • 16 March 2016
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    German Navy’s Bremen-class frigate FGS Karlsruhe is scheduled to leave its homeport Wilhelmshaven on March 18 to join EUNAVFOR’s Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean. Led by Commander Christian Clausing, the ship’s crew will join another German ship in the operation, the combat support ship EGV Frankfurt am Main. FGS Karlsruhe will be taking over the roles of […]

  • 20 January 2016
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    German Navy’s combat support ship FGS Frankfurt am Main and the corvette FGS Ludwigshafen am Rhein left their homeports January 11. They will take part in Operation Sophia, EUNAVFOR’s mission of stopping human trafficking and saving lives in the central Mediterranean Sea. Looking forward to the upcoming task, the commander of the auxiliary ship said: “The […]

  • 16 December 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    EUNAVFOR Med operation Sophia air units have recently been augmented by the Hellenic Air Force aircraft Erieye EMB-145H AEW&C and a Spanish Navy AB-212 Helicopter. The Greek aircraft, based in the Hellenic Air Force Base of Elefsis in Greece, is an airborne Command and Control Platform with the capability of participation in air and surface […]

  • 2 August 2016
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    German Navy minehunter FGS Datteln rescued 133 migrants 75 kilometers north-west of Tripoli, Libya on August 1. The ship was initially tasked by the Force Headquarters to neutralize two empty rubber boats. While doing so, the ship’s crew spotted an overcrowded rubber boat in the vicinity. Upon rescuing the migrants, Datteln handed them over to […]

  • 17 June 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Admirals hanging on a rope meters above water surface is not something sailors would consider a routine procedure. Italian Navy Admiral Andrea Gueglio, however, really wanted to try transferring from one ship to another via a material transport line. Having witnessed a resupply at sea conducted between the German Navy ships ‘Frankfurt am Main’ and ‘Karlsruhe’ […]

  • 10 November 2015
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    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 […]

  • 26 July 2017
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    The European Union migrant-rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea has been extended and will now run until December 31, 2018. EU leaders reached the agreement on July 25 after Italy curbed its protest against how the migrant crisis was being handled by other member states. The extension was expected to be agreed upon last Monday […]

  • 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 […]

  • 21 January 2016
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    Having spent less than two months idle in the port during her routine maintenance period, the Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour now rejoined the EUNAVFOR Med operation Sophia. The Italian light aircraft carrier ITS Garibaldi assumed Cavour’s role on November 25, 2015. Now that the original mission flagship is back, ITS Garibaldi is leaving the European Union […]

  • 9 December 2015
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    Improved weather conditions in the Central Mediterranean Sea have led more migrants to embark on the dangerous voyage towards European coasts. In order to avoid the further loss of life at sea, operation Sophia vessels saved 374 migrants in the last couple of days. According to EUNAVFOR Med’s press statement, the migrants have been rescued […]

  • 29 October 2015
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    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 […]

  • 19 October 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The German Tender Werra has left Operation Sophia after over four months of deployment. Werra was substituted by the German combat support ship, FGS Berlin. With Commander Marcel Rosenbohm at the helm, FGS Berlin arrived to the Italian port of Augusta, Oct 14, to begin its EU Naval Force deployment. FGS Berlin will constitute the German operation contingent in the Operation Sophia along […]