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Ship and plane relay in the Mediterranean for Operation Sophia

(B2) Germans and Poles relayed their assets in the European operation responsible for combating trafficking in the Mediterranean (operation EUNAVFOR Med Sophia). French and Portuguese came home.
The German frigate FGS augsburg (F-213) joined the European naval force in the Mediterranean at the end of September. She takes over from the auxiliary supply ship Mosel (A-513), returned home. During his 148 days of mission, the Mosel made four friendly approaches ('friendly approach') and verified in passing the identity of 85 ships, specifies the operation's headquarters in Rome. It can be noted that with this departure, the operation no longer has its own means of supply (see box). A " recurring gap » according to an officer of the operation, who is fulfilled either on the Italian navy, or on other ships cruising offshore, in particular NATO (as part of the operation Sea Guardian).
The Augsburg F-213 frigate (credit: German Navy / B2 Archives)
Airplane relay for the Poles Another relay, for the Polish airmen. The M28B 1R Bryza n°1008 returned to the Sigonella base, after returning to Poland for overhaul and modernization. He replaces his compatriot n°1017, nicknamed the White Lady and who is one of the successors of his intrepid ancestors of the Battle of the Atlantic. A return to Sicilian terrain for the 1008 which was there at the start of the Polish engagement from March to June.
The Bryza 1008 and 1017 (credit: MOD Poland / Polish contingent Sophia)
Returns to the country for Cdt Bouan and the Portuguese P3 The French high seas patrol boat Commander Bouan (F-797) left the operation, after 26 days of presence, to participate in the Frontex operation in the Mediterranean. He mainly participated in the arms embargo control task (CIAT). He thus carried out 5 checks of merchant ships and carried out a 'friendly approach'. Ditto for the P-3 C Orion maritime patrol aircraft returned to Portugal, accumulating 74 flight hours. (Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)
Fewer resources Operation Sophia currently has more reduced resources:

four ships : the Italian landing ship Saint Mark (L-9893) who has been in command since last August (read: Relay at the head of Operation Sophia), the German frigate augsburg, the Spanish frigate Numancia (F-83), the Irish high seas patrol vessel THE'. James Joyce (P-62) arrived in July (read: Irish relief for Operation Sophia);

three/four patrol aircraft : a Polish M28 Bryza (Poland engages in Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean), two Luxembourg SW3 Merlin III aircraft (which take turns) and a Spanish Casa CN-235 Vigma D4 aircraft;

and two on-board helicopters : an AB-212 (on the Spanish Spanish frigate) and an AB 212 ASW (on the German frigate).


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).