November 13, 2020 (Google Translation) – Deployed in the central Mediterranean since 1 st October, the frigate anti-submarine (MDTF) Brest Latouche Treville completed on November 7 its mandate under the European operation EURONAVFOR MED Irini.
The integration of Latouche-Tréville into Task Force (TF) 464 marked the return of France to this European Union (EU) operation, the main objective of which is to enforce the embargo on arms destined for Libya, imposed by United Nations Security Council resolutions 2292 (2016) and 2526 (2020). Throughout its deployment, the frigate Latouche-Tréville carried out:
- 71 questions on commercial ships bound for or coming from Libya to determine their cargo, their origin, their destination;
- 13 friendly approaches (embarkation of a team of the frigate aboard merchant ships in order to discuss with the sailors of the merchant ships on the local maritime situation);
- 2 visit operations for suspicion of arms transport.
In order to extend its detection capacity, the Latouche-Tréville benefited from the occasional deployment of French air assets such as the E3-F AWACS and an Atlantique 2 (ATL2).
The FASM worked in collaboration with German, Italian and Greek frigates under the operational control of the Rome-based Operation IRINI Headquarters.
These actions made it possible to show the presence and determination of the EU to deter any attempt to violate the embargo.