HMS Duncan patrols Mediterranean to prevent illegal activity

June 20, 2019 – HMS Duncan is conducting NATO security patrols with Spanish and French ships in the Mediterranean. The Type 45 destroyer left Cartagena this week to take part in Operation Sea Guardian – aimed at combating illegal activities and identifying and mitigating security threats, including terrorism-related, in the region. Portsmouth-based HMS Duncan is working alongside NATO maritime patrol aircraft to monitor shipping, using her state-of-the-art sensors to scan a wide area. During the operation, her boarding team has conducted friendly visits to private and commercial vessels sailing a…

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ESPS Rayo Deploys for Operation Sophia

February 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Monday, February 4, the Maritime Action Ship (BAM) “Rayo”, departed from its base in the Military Arsenal of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to join the Operation “Sophia” in the southern central Mediterranean. The farewell ceremony on the deck of the ship was presided by the Commander of the Naval Command of the Canary Islands, Rear Admiral Juan L. Sobrino Pérez-Crespo, who delivered a farewell address to the ship’s crew. It was also attended by numerous relatives and friends of the crew that…

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Spanish Frigate Numanica to Replace Sister Santa Maria on Illegal Immigrant Patrol

Google translation The frigate “Numancia” has set sail this morning for the Italian port of Catania to relieve the frigate “Santa María” deployed in the operation “SOPHIA” since December last year. The “Numancia” will be integrated into the mission until October 20, a month that will be relieved by another Spanish vessel. The crew of the frigate consists of 215 men and women under the command of the frigate’s captain Isidro Carrara Navas. The farewell ceremony was presided over by Rear Admiral Ricardo A. Hernández López, Commander of the Naval…

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Operation Sophia Change of Command in Messina

Google Translation On the 29th of December, in the port of Messina, on board of Nave RIZZO, the rotation ceremony of the Tactical Commander of the Safe Sea Operation took place. The event, in the presence of the Commander in Chief of the Naval Squadron, Admiral of Squadra Donato Marzano, sanctioned the passage of the device command from Rear Admiral Davide Berna, Commander of the Mine and Hydrographic Countermeasure Forces, to the Admiral of Division Aurelio De Carolis , Commander of the Second Naval Division. At the same time, Nave…

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NRP Tejos Returns from Operation Sophia

Google Translation In total, the vessel sailed 759 hours and traveled more than 8000 nautical miles, of which 504 hours and about 5,200 nautical miles in the area of ​​operations. Of the 49 days of patrolling in Italian territorial waters, NRP Tejo participated in the interception of 3 sailboats, making a total of about 140 migrants saved at sea, with the collaboration of the Italian authorities, Guardia di Finanza and Guardia Costiera. for central aid in the control of European external borders and the reduction of illegal migration flowing mainly from…

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Commandant Ducuing integrates Operation Sophia

Google Translation Since 6 September 2017, the Ducuing High Command Patrol Officer (PHM) is deployed off the coast of Libya in direct support of Operation EUNAVFOR MED Sophia . It is placed under the tactical command of Rear Admiral Javier Moreno, embarked aboard the Spanish tanker-tanker Cantabria . Committed to the European operation, Commander Ducuing ‘s mission is to ensure compliance with and implementation of UN Resolution 2292 on the embargo on arms trafficking to Libya . As such, it may be necessary to carry out VHF interrogations as well…

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