May 11, 2020 (Google Translation) – On May 4, the anti-aircraft frigate (FAA) Jean Bart was deployed in the central Mediterranean for the benefit of the European Union operation EUNAVFORMED IRINI. Launched on March 31, 2020, the main objective of this prevention mission is to contribute to the implementation of the 2016 United Nations resolution on the arms embargo on Libya (UNSCR 2292).
For three weeks, the French building will patrol the central Mediterranean. Thanks to its significant detection and monitoring capabilities, particularly in the air, the FAA Jean Bart will contribute to the European effort to reduce the factors of instability in the region.
A few days earlier, the light stealth frigate (FLF) Aconit had preceded the Jean Bart in the area while en route to the eastern Mediterranean.
Sensitive to the risks that human, oil and armaments trafficking generated by the Libyan crisis poses to regional stability, France engaged with its European partners in 2015 in the European Union operation to combat trafficking of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, called EUNAVFORMED SOPHIA. In 2020, in the context of the end of the EUNAVFORMED SOPHIA operation, France therefore continues its commitment alongside its European Union partners in the context of the EUNAVFORMED IRINI operation.