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  • 19 November 2013

    U.S. Coast Guard crews intercepted five people suspected of working as refuelers for smuggling vessels approximately 100 miles south of San Diego, Sunday morning. At approximately 3:20 a.m., the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Midgett detected the panga. After a brief chase ending in the use of disabling fire on the vessel’s engine, the suspects […]

  • 12 February 2016

    NATO ships will be patrolling the Aegean Sea on the look out for people smugglers in the region. The patrols will monitor migrant and smuggler movement in waters between Greece and Turkey. This decision with immediate effect came from a joint German, Greek and Turkish initiative at a NATO meeting in Brussels which also outlined further security and […]

  • 5 May 2015

    The Colombian Navy recently interrupted a human smuggling attempt in the Gulf of Uraba. 41 migrants of different nationalities were being transported aboard three vessels operated by six Colombian smugglers who were arrested. The migrants were trying to reach Central America through Panama. The migrants, as well as the vessels they were travelling in, and smugglers were taken […]

  • 1 February 2016

    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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 30 November 2011

    Fast Attack Craft P 480 attached to the Northern Naval Command arrested 08 persons along with 02 kilograms of heroin and 02 vessels in the seas west of Iranathive Island on 28th November 2011. The arrest was made close to midnight with the assistance of Inshore Patrol Craft P 157. Fast Attack Craft P 480 […]

  • 26 October 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    UK warship HMS Richmond has joined the EU mission in the Mediterranean to tackle migrant smugglers. HMS Richmond has new powers to stop and detain suspected migrant smugglers and disable their vessels. The Type 23 frigate’s arrival comes after the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2240 (2015) which gives her Commanding Officer […]

  • 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 […]

  • 6 October 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The Royal Canadian Navy’s frigate HMCS Calgary assisted the US Coast Guard in stopping more than $1 million worth of marijuana off the coast of Mexico. As reported by U-T San Diego, two suspected drug smuggler aboard a 35-foot panga were spotted on Wednesday about 100 miles off the coast of San Diego. HMCS Calgary joined the pursuit […]

  • 16 June 2016

    Having spent more than 2 months in the Central Mediterranean Sea as part of EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia efforts in fighting human smugglers and traffickers and preventing the further loss of life at sea, the German frigate FGS Karlsruhe left the mission today. Commenting on ship’s achievements, EUNAVFOR MED Force Commander stated that it has been “A […]

  • 23 June 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The European Council yesterday launched the EU naval operation against human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean called “EUNAVFOR Med”. Its mission is to identify, capture and dispose of vessels and enabling assets used or suspected of being used by migrant smugglers or traffickers. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini […]

  • 31 August 2018

    As part of Operation Unified Resolve, the US law enforcement agencies have interdicted two go-fast vessels off Puerto Rico, seizing $2 million worth of cocaine and arresting seven smugglers. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin transferred four suspected smugglers and approximately one million dollars of cocaine to Ramey Sector Border Patrol Agents in Mayaguez […]

  • 4 May 2017

    The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday offloaded 1,735 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $56 million and handed over eight suspected drug smugglers to authorities. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon transferred the cocaine and suspected drug smugglers at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida. The contraband and detainees were seized April 12 through […]

  • 13 December 2016

    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 […]

  • 9 March 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The Colombian Navy, in a joint operation with the Colombian Air Force, seized about 120 kilograms of cocaine yesterday, March 8. The operation was conducted in the waters north of Isla de Providencia (Old Providence), Colombia, and resulted in the arrest of three individuals involved in the smuggling act. The smugglers were transporting the illicit cargo […]

  • 15 November 2013
    Training & Education

    Crewmembers aboard the United States Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous are scheduled to offload approximately 1,212 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated wholesale value of approximately $40 million today at Port Everglades in Broward County, Florida. The drugs are the results of two interdictions carried out as part of international Operation Martillo, which is one component […]

  • 11 July 2016

    European naval units on Saturday apprehended three persons off the coast of Libya suspected of organizing migrant crossings in the Mediterranean Sea. In an Operation Sophia action which took place in the morning hours of July 9, German tender Werra was assisted by Italian Navy ship Borsini and other mission assets in apprehending the suspicious boat and embarking 146 migrants rescued […]

  • 18 August 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark offloaded approximately 900 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $800,000 at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida.   The cargo was recovered from the water off the coast of Cap Du Mole, Haiti, after it was dropped from a go-fast vessel by suspected smugglers. The […]

  • 6 January 2015

    The end of year 2014 coincides with the end of the operations carried out by the Italian Maritime Security and Surveillance Naval Fleet (Dispositivo Navale di Sorveglianza e Sicurezza Marittima – DNSSM) activated to perform Operation Mare Nostrum. The DNSSM operated to protect human lives at sea, tackle illegal trafficking, seize smugglers and motherships, carry […]

  • 31 December 2015

    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 […]

  • 9 October 2015

    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 […]

  • 19 November 2015

    Belgian frigate Leopold I said farewell to the European Task Force EUNAVFOR MED operation SOPHIA after 38 days of activity in the Mediterranean Sea. The crew, composed of 158 sailors, including 9 women, provided support to Operation Sophia. They ran on duty within a Task Force composed of 8 naval units and 9 air assets, […]

  • 23 March 2016

    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 […]

  • 24 November 2014

    HMS Argyll has dealt another blow to drug smugglers after seizing more than 850 kg of cocaine in a high speed midnight chase. It is the third drugs bust for HMS Argyll in as many months. This latest haul has a wholesale value of £36 million – in total she has now seized 1,600kg of […]

  • 18 December 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Decisive offloaded approximately 1,328 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $44 million at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Tuesday. During an Operation Martillo patrol on Nov. 29, crewmembers from the Decisive detected a 170-foot bulk freighter motor vessel northeast of Punta San Blas, […]

  • 23 January 2019

    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 […]

  • 10 April 2017

    German Navy tender ‘Main’ is set to return to its homeport in Eckernförde on April 13, concluding her deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. The tender spent six-months resupplying other EU ships deployed to the EU NAVFOR led operation Sophia which fights against human smugglers in the Mediterranean Sea. Apart from her crew, ‘Main’ was home to […]

  • 18 February 2014

    The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Melbourne is on a winning streak in its battle against illicit drug-trafficking, this time in partnership with the Pakistani Naval Ship (PNS) Alamgir. Both ships are deployed on patrol in the Indian Ocean under tasking to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).   The crews of the two navies have seized […]

  • 10 May 2016

    Dutch Navy’s air defense and command frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (F802) intercepted 320 kilos of drugs in the Caribbean Sea between Venezuela and Jamaica. Four suspected drug smugglers were arrested during the operation. A Caribbean Coast Guard maritime patrol aircraft discovered a small, fast-sailing ‘go-fast’ vessel and informed the frigate. De Zeven Provinciën then […]