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FS Jacoubet in Operation Sophia: to break Italian solitude?

(B2) A notice from the French navy, theensign Jacoubet (F-794) has just joined EUNAVFOR MED, the EU maritime operation to combat trafficking in the Mediterranean, the operation's HQ announced on Friday (February 15).

Not too alone

The presence of the Royal ship - which is not its first participation in this operation - allows the Italians not to feel too alone. Operation Sophia today only has one other ship, the Italian FREMM-type frigate, Luigi Rizzo (F-595), serving as flagship. The mandate of the operation normally ends on March 31, 2019, and the '28' have not yet managed to agree on its extension.

Homecoming for Reina Sofia

The Spanish frigate Reina Sofía (F-84) has, in fact, completed its rotation. After 124 days in operation, she returned to her home port on Tuesday (February 19), with her 215 crew members. During these four months at sea, she verified the identity of 58 commercial vessels (by 'hauling') and ensured five more direct approaches, known as 'friendly approaches'. All to ensure the task of controlling the arms embargo targeting Libya, the fight against oil and human trafficking.


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).