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The damaged Hydra frigate is replaced by the Spetsai frigate

(B2) The Greek Frigate Hydra which was to join the European operation to control the arms embargo off the coast of Libya (EUNAVFOR Med Irini) at the end of May* will not do so. She suffered technical damage according to information given to the greek press**

the Spetsai F453 frigate (credit: Greek Navy)

It's the frigate Spetses (F-453) which will replace Hydra. A similar ship, of the Meko 200 class, from German shipyards.

Le Spetses has the advantage of knowing the French crews well having accompanied the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle during its passage through the eastern Mediterranean at the end of January (read: A carrier group around the Charles-de-Gaulle deploys, with Europeans, episodic). But his exact arrival in the operation is not yet known.

To date, according to information obtained from a good source by B2, the European operation has a single operational ship, the French frigate Jean Bart, and three planes (one from Luxembourg, one from Poland and one from Germany).

(NGV)

*Read : The Greek frigate will join Operation Irini at the end of May

**The information given by certain Turkish newspapers that she was hit by fire from Haftar's camp is false information, quite typical of this conflict

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).

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