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Several dozen migrants rescued 30 miles off the Libyan coast (update)

(Credit: EUNAVFOR Med/Sophia)
Seen from the Spanish plane (Credit: EUNAVFOR Med / Sophia)

(B2) This Sunday morning (March 6), an operation carried out jointly by the Italian and European navy off the coast of Libya made it possible to recover several dozen migrants, near the Libyan coast.

Spotting by a Spanish patrol plane

It was the Spanish VIGMA D-4 patrol aircraft which first spotted two rubber ships in distress, 30 nautical miles from the Libyan coast.

Rescue by German and Italian ships, and British relay

The alert was given to nearby ships. Le deep sea patrol boat  Aviere (F-583) of the Italian Navy (*) which participates in the national operation Safe Sea was recovering 87 immigrants. They were then transferred to the HMS Enterprise (H-88), the British oceanographic research vessel participating in the European operation EUNAVFOR Med / Sophia. For its part, the German corvette FGS Ludwigshafen on the Rhine (F-264) came to the aid of 121 other migrants.


(*) Translation 'house' from Italian Pattugliatori di Squadra. This ship – and its sisters – was built on the same model as the Lupo missile frigates but does not have anti-submarine weapons. It was originally intended for the Iraqi navy but remained in the arms of the Italian navy, due to the embargo put in place after the Iran-Iraq war and the first Gulf war, and was integrated into the fleet tricolor, after compliance with NATO standards

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update: 19 p.m., with details on the Italian-British rescue which was only one operation in fact, and the German reinforcement.

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).