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  • 16 August 2017
    Authorities

    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 […]

  • 30 June 2016
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    The Italian Navy has recovered a migrant boat which sank in April 2015 thereby claiming lives of over 600 people. Of the 700 migrants on board, barely 30 were rescued in what became one of the biggest, documented, Mediterranean Sea migrant tragedies. Fourteen months after the tragic incident, the Italian Navy staged an elaborate recovery operation at […]

  • 9 October 2017
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    Tunisian authorities have recovered bodies of at least eight drowned migrants while some 20 more are still missing after a Tunisian Navy vessel collided with a migrant boat off the country’s coast. The migrant boat was carrying between 70 and 80 migrants according to survivor testimonies reported by Reuters. The migrant vessel sunk following the […]

  • 11 July 2016
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    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 21 July 2017
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    Authorities have reportedly surrounded and detained a ship chartered to obstruct migrant-rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea. The vessel in question is the ‘C-Star’ and was chartered by an organization called Defend Europe which aims to prevent migrants reaching Europe through the Mediterranean Sea route. Authorities have now detained the vessel in Port Suez, however, […]

  • 1 August 2016
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    U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) aided in the rescue of 97 migrants adrift in the Mediterranean Sea on July 29. According to the Navy, Carney provided aid for the migrants until the SOS Mediterranee ship MS Aquarius arrived and took the migrants to safety. SOS Mediterranee was founded in 2015 and […]

  • 8 May 2015
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    The Irish Navy vessel LE Eithne has completed its preparation for the deployment in the Mediterranean Sea humanitarian mission. Once the legal clarifications were made, the vessel started its preparation for the mission and is now on standby in Haulbowline, Cork. Officials expect that it will deploy by the middle of next week. According to Ireland’s […]

  • 6 September 2016
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    German Navy’s mine hunting ship FGS Datteln saved 273 migrants and recovered one dead from rubber boats off the coast of Libya on September 5. The ship found the migrants some 80 kilometers north-west of Tripoli on Monday morning travelling on three boats. After consulting the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Rome, Datteln was tasked with […]

  • 13 May 2015
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    Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark is conducting its largest tasking to date as part of the coordinated response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. The Royal Navy flagship was alerted to four craft in potential distress approximately 40 miles off the coast of Libya. Each 30-foot inflatable boat were reported to be carrying approximately 100 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 4 October 2016
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    Irish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett rescued 128 migrants during two search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea on October 3. Following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, the LÉ Samuel Beckett first located and rescued 19 migrants, 42 nautical miles NE of Tripoli. The migrants were brought on board LÉ […]

  • 23 August 2017
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    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 […]

  • 26 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    European Navy vessels rescue migrants on a daily basis in the Mediterranean Sea; Op Sophia mission alone has rescued over 13,000 people so far. However, pictures released by the Italian Navy on May 25 show just how out of the ordinary a rescue operation can become. In the morning hours of May 25, Italian Navy patrol ship […]

  • 13 December 2016
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    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 […]

  • 13 June 2018
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    The US Military Sealift Command-operated expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Trenton rescued 40 people in the Mediterranean Sea, the US Navy has announced. The rescued people were provided food, water, and medical care on board Trenton. The operation took place June 12 while the ship was on routine operations, according to the navy. Sea Watch, the […]

  • 23 May 2017
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    Irish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel LÉ Eithne departed the Haulbowline naval base on May 23, starting her Mediterranean Sea deployment. Commanded by Commander Brian FitzGerald, the 72 crew of LÉ Eithne will help fight smuggling and prevent loss of life at sea off the Libyan coast. The operation is dubbed Pontus by the Irish ministry of […]

  • 7 March 2016
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    Royal Navy’s amphibious landing ship royal fleet auxiliary (RFA) Mounts Bay together with three border force cutters will join the NATO mission in the Aegean Sea that aims to reduce the flow of migrants from Turkey to Europe, the UK Prime Minister said ahead of an EU sumit. RFA Mounts Bay, supported by a Wildcat helicopter, is expected […]

  • 25 July 2017
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    Belgian Navy frigate BNS Louise Marie concluded her deployment to the EU-led migrant crisis operation in the Mediterranean Sea setting sail home on July 23. The multi-purpose frigate left operation Sophia after the scheduled 34 days of duties, despite calls for the frigate’s earlier withdrawal due to the mission’s perceived inability to reach set goals. […]

  • 10 August 2017
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    French Navy Gowind-class patrol vessel FS L’Adroit has concluded a month-long deployment to the Mediterranean Sea where it helped tackle the migrant crisis off the coast of Libya under the EU-led operation Sophia.  FS L’Adroit provided support to the operation, contributing to deter the illegal trafficking of arms, to gather relevant information about the smuggler’s […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 5 December 2016
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    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 […]

  • 11 July 2016
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    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 […]

  • 23 June 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Italian Navy hosted its Algerian counterpart in the Italian port of Augusta for the bilateral exercise Medex-17. Medex consisted of a harbor and an at sea phase, taking place between June 12 and 16. Now in its ninth edition, the exercise is part of the 5 + 5 defense initiative aimed at enhancing security […]

  • 15 February 2016
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    Attending the NATO Defence Ministers, meeting in Brussels, Canadian Defence Minister, Harjit S. Sajjan supported the decision and confirmed the participation of the Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Fredericton in the Aegean Sea patrols. NATO Defence Ministers, meeting in Brussels, agreed on February 11, 2016, to provide support to Greece and Turkey with the current refugee and migrant crisis. […]

  • 6 July 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton returned home in Halifax on July 5, following a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean and Black Seas on Operation Reassurance. The ship departed Halifax on January 5, 2016, and began Operation Reassuranceduties on January 8, 2016. It served with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2), which engaged in maritime situational awareness […]

  • 8 May 2020
    Authorities, Vessels

    On 4 May, the European Union Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI commenced its activities in the Mediterranean Sea with the French naval vessel Jean Bart and a maritime patrol aircraft contributed by Luxembourg. The military operation was planned in a very short timeframe and launched by the European Union on 31 March 2020 to enforce the UN […]

  • 21 September 2015

    Royal Navy’s HMS Enterprise has provided further assistance to Italian-led EU rescue operations in the Mediterranean on Saturday, September 19, in a mission that saved the lives of 377 migrants. Working as part of a wider EU mission to detect and disrupt people smuggling gangs, HMS Enterprise was tasked to rescue 377 migrants whose lives were […]