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Libyan Coast Guard training ends in La Maddalena

(B2) Training for 64 Libyan sailors and coastguards has just ended on Friday (November 30), at the Italian Navy School in La Maddalena (Italy).

Presentation of the training certificate by Vice Admiral (Division Admiral) Credendino (credit: MOD Italy)

An important step

It is " an important step to demonstrate Italy's activity for the stabilization of Libya underlined the Minister of Defence, Elisabetta Trenta, present at the closing ceremony of the course. " The coast guard and the Libyan military navy are tools to achieve this objective, because the strengthening of Libyan institutions is a means of achieving pacification of the region.

Two different courses

The module included two different courses, one for “deck officers” and the other for “maintenance officers”. For eight weeks, 64 sailors and coastguards received “ the knowledge and training necessary to carry out routine activities on board a survey vessel at sea ", in particular on " human rights, first aid and gender equality policy », insists Operation Sophia HQ.

A first “gender” course provided by the Libyans

A Libyan officer, selected at the end of this module, obtained the title of instructor “first level on gender issues ". And, on Friday morning, he gave the first course on this subject to his colleagues at the training school, in Maddalena. An active forum bringing together five specialists from Operation Sophia, two external experts and four agents from the Libyan coast guard and navy.

320 staff trained

A total of 320 Libyan Coast Guard and Navy personnel trained by EUNAVFOR Med have already been trained. Another training module is underway in Split (Croatia), focusing on diving techniques for five military divers from the Libyan Navy and Coast Guard (read: Diving course for five Libyan coastguards in Croatia).


(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

  1. Also present were the head of the Libyan coast guard and port security, Commodore Abdalh Toumia, and the 'Gender' expert from Operation Sophia, Federica Mondani.

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).