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Europe mobilizes its military forces (summary) (maj2)

Hms Cumberland in evacuation operation in Benghazi (Libya) (Credit: UK Royal Navy)

(updated Sun Feb 28, 23pm)

European countries have currently mobilized several military resources to carry out the emergency evacuation of European and other nationals from Libya.

According to an initial provisional assessment, I identified 22 military or official aircraft (C 130, Transall, C-27J, Airbus A-340, A-310), some of which have carried out several rotations. There is also 14 military ships (destroyers, frigates, listening ships, supply ship, support ship) carrying the pennant of one of the countries of the European Union.

More than ten EU countries are thus taking part in military support for the evacuation "operation" (Austria, Portugal, Greece, Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Romania, Bulgaria...). It is also necessary to mention the means of NATO (Turkey), with 2 ships. And add the civil means: many ferries are mobilized (Greece, Germany...).

It is therefore a "small" armada which is in the process of being deployed. Europeans carrying out the work of protection and safeguards of civilian ships not only on their behalf but also for the other means deployed by other countries (China, South Korea, India ...).

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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).

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