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Commander l'Herminier leaves Operation Sophia

(B2) After 30 days of deployment in the Mediterranean as part of the European anti-trafficking operation (EUNAVFOR MED Sophia), the French aviso Commander L'Herminier (F-791) left the sea force.

Since his arrival in the area of ​​operations (read: The FS Herminier replaces the Aconite in the Mediterranean Sea), the French ship has “ made a significant contribution to EUNAVFOR MED” explains an official press release of the operation, “ not only supporting our efforts in the core mission of combating human trafficking and smugglers, but also in the fight against arms trafficking ».

On the balance sheet, at least if we rely on official figures, the harvest is weak. The French ship carried out 39 merchant ship checks and a friendly approach (friendly approach) on a merchant ship. If this assessment is real (the communication of Operation Sophia is not always as optimal as hoped), we can ask ourselves the question: is this operation really effective?


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).