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The FS Herminier replaces the Aconite in the Mediterranean Sea

(B2) The French opinion Commander L'Herminier (A-69) replaced the frigate Aconit (F-713), operating in Operation Sophia, aka EUNAVFOR MED, the European Union's anti-trafficking operation in the Mediterranean.

Since arriving in the area of ​​operation, the frigate Aconit provided " strong support for Sophia says Rome HQ. Aconite had notably saved in January “ 106 migrants almost certain to die as they attempted to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in unsuitable boats and without adequate life support " (read : Over 300 migrants recovered off the Libyan coast by EUNAVFOR Med in the past three days). The crew also acted “ with great professionalism by docking 18 merchant ships, contributing to the arms embargo » specifies the press release of the operation.


Last week, at sea, the commander of the European force, Italian Rear Admiral Alberto Maffeis, took part in a small tribute ceremony to the personnel of the French frigate in order to personally thank Commander David Desfougères and his crew.


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).