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  • 22 December 2017
    Vessels

    LÉ Niamh, the first Irish Naval Service ship deployed as part of the EU Naval mission operation Sophia, has returned from the Mediterranean Sea. The ship, with a total of 57 members of the Defence Forces onboard, arrived at Haulbowline Naval Base, Cork in the morning hours of December 20, 2017. The ship departed the naval […]

  • 26 November 2015
    Authorities

    290 migrants were rescued at sea from three dinghies off the coast of Lybia on November 24. With the contribution of the Spanish aircraft Cisne10 Orion P3, that spotted one of the dinghies during a patrol and surveillance flight, the German supply ship FGS Berlin and the British frigate HMS Enterprise saved respectively 236 and […]

  • 4 November 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The German frigate FGS Schleswig-Holstein concluded its mission as part of the EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia’s Task Force. The vessel set sail back home on October 31, after spending 122 days deployed in the Central Mediterranean Sea. During her 4 months on task, the German frigate conducted more than 60 hailing to suspect vessels and 5 rescue […]

  • 13 October 2015
    Authorities

    The EU anti-migrant smuggling operation in the Mediterranean sea, known as Operation Sophia, has entered its operational phase, aimed at boarding and seizing vessels suspected of being used for human smuggling and trafficking. The operational phase follows the first phase, launched June 22, which involved intelligence gathering on smuggling routes and networks. Phase II is intended to precede […]

  • 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 August 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Italian Navy amphibious ship ITS San Marco has become a flagship of the EUNAVFOR Med operation Sophia Task Force. San Marco has replaced landing platform dock (LPD) San Giusto which completed six months of deployment in the operation, from February 1 to August 1, 2018. This was the vessel’s second involvement in SOPHIA Task Force. Since her […]

  • 9 October 2015
    Authorities

    The French frigate FS COURBET and the German FGS SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN have been taking part in a complex rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea from October 7. The German frigate FGS SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN, together with the Italian Ship ITS AVIERE belonging to the “Mare Sicuro” mission, was firstly requested to intervene in favour of three […]

  • 18 November 2015
    Authorities

    German frigate FGS Augsburg will set sail for the EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia to join the already employed German replenishment ship FGS Berlin on Friday, November 20. Lead by Commander Senior Grade Jorg Mascow, the crew of Augsburg, together with the replenishment ship FGS Berlin, will be the German contribution to the mission in the Mediterranean. Looking […]

  • 2 October 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Spanish Navy’s Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Canarias (F86) is on its way to join the EU Naval Force’s Operation Sophia. The vessel departed its homeport of Rota Naval Base yesterday to take part in the efforts of decreasing illegal trafficking off the coast of Libya. Canarias will spend some three months on this deployment, from early October until January. […]

  • 26 October 2015
    Authorities

    After a pre-deployment training underway from Belgium, frigate F930 Leopold I joined EUNAVFOR MED – Operation Sophia Flagship Cavour on the 16th of October. Before heading towards the assigned areas at sea, Commanding Officer, Captain Luc De Maesschalck, and key functionaries of Leopold I were welcomed on board Cavour by the Force Commander, Italian Navy […]

  • 7 April 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy corvette FGS Ludwigshafen am Rhein has bid farewell to ships from EUNAVFOR’s operation in the Mediterranean Sea, code-named Sophia. The ship is scheduled to return to her homeport in Warnemünde, Germany on April 8. Since Ludwigshafen left her homeport January 11, she has sailed 14.910 nautical miles during the three month deployment. 65 sailors were led […]

  • 12 September 2018
    Vessels

    The German Navy’s frigate Augsburg (F213) will set sail for the Mediterranean Sea next week to participate in the EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia.  The Bremen-class ship is scheduled to depart its Wilhelmshaven homeport on Monday, September 17. Following an extensive training program, Augsburg is to replace the navy’s tender Mosel which joined the EU-led operation […]

  • 9 November 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Belgian Frigate LEOPOLD I, part of EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia Task Force, entered Augusta harbour, in Italy, on November 6 to disembark 258 migrants saved from a wooden fishing vessel. While sailing towards Italy, the involved Belgian personnel has individuated, among the 254 male and 4 female saved, 4 suspect smugglers now in the hands […]

  • 27 October 2015
    Authorities

    British HMS Richmond and the Slovenian SNS Triglav completed their first integration training in EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia, October 23. By joining the Operation Sophia, the two ships have now made the Task Force complete for the second phase in high seas. On board the Italian Aircraft Carrier Cavour, the mission flagship, the Force Commander international staff […]

  • 18 January 2017
    Authorities

    Spanish Navy’s Santa Maria-class frigate ESPS Canarias (F-86) left her homeport in Rota, Spain to join the EU mission of saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Coordinated by the EU Naval Forces, operation Sophia aims to stop human trafficking in the central Mediterranean Sea. The multinational mission was set up by the European Union on May […]

  • 27 November 2015
    Authorities

    The Italian light aircraft carrier ITS Garibaldi joined the EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia Task Force in the Central Mediterranean taking over the role of mission flagship from ITS Cavour November 25.  Having left her home base port of Taranto (Italy) last June 26, only 4 days after the mission launch, the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour, […]

  • 13 December 2016
    Authorities

    French Navy aviso FS Commandant l’Herminier bid farewell to EUNAVFOR’s Mediterranean Sea operation Sophia last weekend. The ship contributed to the prevention of arms and migrant smuggling since she joined the mission on November 12. During her time with the operation, Commandant l’Herminier was involved in several activities regarding the contribution to the UN arms […]

  • 12 October 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Belgian Navy’s frigate Leopold I officially joined EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia on October 10. The Belgian ship will work together with the other ships already deployed in the region. On 7 October, as announced by the EU Political and Security Committee, Operation EUNAVFOR MED – Operation Sophia moved to its second phase which will allow for […]

  • 1 March 2018
    Authorities

    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 […]

  • 14 October 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay has returned to her Mediterranean Sea duties and joined the EU mission Sophia. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary takes over from Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond, who carried out the role for two months while Mounts Bay underwent planned maintenance, as well as playing a role in a joint […]

  • 5 December 2016
    Authorities

    HMS Echo, a Royal Navy multi-role survey vessel, will be taking the place of sister ship HMS Enterprise which has represented UK’s contribution to the European migrant-crisis mission in the Mediterranean Sea. During her time spent with operation Sophia, Enterprise has saved over 9,000 lives of around 30,000 migrants rescued during the operation to date. The ship […]

  • 19 January 2016
    Authorities

    Spanish ESPS Numancia, based at Naval Station Rota, left her homeport in the morning of January 18 to relieve the frigate Canarias which was deployed in the Mediterranean Sea with EUNAVFOR’s Operation Sophia. The frigate sailed off to her area of operations after a ceremony which was presided over by the Admiral of the Fleet, Francisco […]

  • 13 April 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    On April 18, 2018, the German Navy’s tender Mosel will depart its homeport Kiel, heading to the Mediterranean Sea, the navy said. Under the command of Frigate Captain Jens Röder, the tender will participate in the EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia. Crewed by 106 members, Mosel will replace the air defense frigate Sachsen, which joined the EU-led operation […]

  • 2 February 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Italian Navy amphibious ship ITS San Giusto took over as flagship of the EU NAVFOR operation Sophia in the Mediterranean Sea relieving auxiliary ship ITS Etna. Etna left the mission after almost two months of operations fighting human trafficking and smuggling networks. During her time deployed to the mission, Etna also hosted the Italian prime minister […]

  • 28 October 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    After it was united with the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour, the Belgian Navy’s frigate Leopold I (F930) joined the rest of the EUNAVFOR Med fleet in the Mediterranean. The vessel marked its first week of patrol in the international waters off the coast of Libya as part of the Operation Sophia. During this time Leopold I was able to […]

  • 23 January 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    German Navy frigate FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has completed a six-month deployment to the EU-led migrant-rescue operation Sophia and is currently on her way home. The F123 frigate has departed the Mediterranean Sea and is scheduled to enter her homeport in Wilhelmshaven on January 26. During her time as part of operation Sophia, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern sailed close to 29,000 nautical […]

  • 15 December 2015
    Authorities

    Two rubber boats, sailing in poor conditions in the Mediterranean Sea, were spotted in the morning of December 14 by a Spanish P3 Orion patrol aircraft deployed to Operation Sophia. The Slovenian corvette SNS Triglav 11, operating within Operation Sophia since October this year, was asked to intervene by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC). […]

  • 13 February 2017
    Authorities

    One French ship was replaced by another in the Mediterranean Sea operation Sophia after FS Commandant Bouan took over from FS Commandant Ducuing on February 6. Both ships are D’Estienne d’Orves-class avisos most commonly used for anti-submarine defence and high sea escort missions. Commandant Ducuing ended her participation in EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia after a one-month deployment. Operation Sophia […]

  • 26 October 2015
    Authorities

    Spanish frigate Canarias participated in the rescue of more than 100 people off the coast of Libya after its embarked SH-60B helicopter sighted a boat adrift. The frigate Canarias, deployed in the EUNAVFOR operation Sophia, spotted an inflatable boat with over 100 people on board during a reconnaissance patrol on Tuesday, Oct 20. After informing the command of the […]