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L'Adroit replaces Commander Blaison

L’Adroit (credit: French Navy)

(B2) The Deep Sea Patrol VesselAdroit (P-725) joined the European operation Sophia to combat trafficking in the Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED) on June 22, 2017. Its mission will essentially be to ensure control of the arms embargo and to actively participate in the collection of information relating to maritime traffic in the area. Under the rules of engagement of the European mission, and UN Security Council Resolution 2292, the crew of L'Adroit is authorized to carry out visits, searches and even divert ships on the high seas. .

He relieves the high seas patrol boat Commander Blaison engaged since May 3. During its two months of patrol off Libyan territorial waters, the French patrol boat made several “friendly” approaches with Libyan and Egyptian fishermen. This provides the opportunity for mutual knowledge between local actors and the buildings of the EUNAVFORMED Sophia operation. Above all, he carried out a visit to a Libyan speedboat suspected of arms trafficking, which led to the seizure of several weapons and ammunition found on board, then transferred to the French vessel (Read: New seizure of weapons off the coast of Libya. Commander Blaison in action (V2)).


NB: TheAdroit is an innovative, light vessel, weighing 1500 tonnes, with 32 crew members, capable of operating at 21 knots and accommodating a Dauphin or Panther type helicopter. It is not owned by the Navy but made available by the industrial company DCNS to test it in all conditions, thus benefiting from feedback and the “tested at sea” label (useful for equipment promised to export).

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).