On November 15, 2021, the High Seas Patroller (PHM) Commandant Bouan set sail from Toulon to join the European Union operation EUNAVFORMED IRINI.
Launched on March 31, 2020, this operation aims to enforce the United Nations embargo on arms to Libya with air, space and sea resources, but also to prevent the illicit export of oil from Libya, to contribute capacity building and training of the Libyan coast guard and, finally, the fight against human trafficking.
France’s commitment in this area of operation is not recent since it began in 2015 with its European partners in the European Union operation EUNAVFOR MED SOPHIA. With the end of this operation in 2020, France has decided to maintain its commitment in the area to contribute to regional stability, by joining its European Union partners in the framework of the EUNAVFOR MED IRINI operation.
The Commander Bouan is the 4 th building of the Navy to participate in this operation. During his patrol in the central Mediterranean, Commander Bouan may be called upon both to interrogate merchant ships, but also to carry out visitation operations on the buildings designated by the operation command.