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78 Libyan coastguards and sailors trained in Italy

(B2) A “Package 2” training module, started in early September in the Italian Navy training centers of La Maddalena (Sardinia) and Taranto (Apulia), for Libyan coastguards and sailors.

Libyan trainees and their teachers at the Italian Navy NCO School in La Maddelena (Italy) (credit: EUNAVFOR Med. Sophia)

Deck Officer, Mechanical Engineer Officer and Basic Electrical Engineer Officer courses will be conducted for a total of 78 officers. The training will last 4 weeks and end on September 27.

NB: Since signing its memorandum of understanding with the Libyan coast guard and navy in 2016, the EU operation to combat trafficking in the Mediterranean (Sophia) has trained 417 Libyan coast guards and sailors. It plans to train 200 more by the end of the year in Croatia, Greece and Italy.


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).