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Italian forces on “high alert” (Maj1)

The arrival of two Mirages in Maltese territory sounded the alarm in neighboring Italy, which shares with Malta, being one of the two (European) territories geographically closest to Libya. The air bases of Gioia del Colle (Bari) and Trapani were thus placed on “maximum alert”. The crews of the Eurofighter (in the first) and F16 (in the second) are “ready to take off immediately, if necessary, to neutralize aerial threats” indicate the Italian authorities. “Other measures could be taken in the future depending on the evolution of the risk.”

Credit: Italian defense

An electronic eavesdropping vessel

(updated 23 p.m.) We learned on Monday evening that a ship, the INS Elettra, was sent off Libyan waters. On board a team of Italian special forces. This support vessel, 93 meters long, 15 meters wide and weighing nearly 3.000 tonnes, with a crew of 35 soldiers and 65 technicians, has one specificity: electronic eavesdropping. It is not quite the suitable vessel for evacuations or treatment. It is thus equipped with multiple electronic information supports and can carry out logistical and information support tasks for special operations, research operations, collection, analysis and evaluation of acoustic and electromagnetic emissions, etc.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).