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

(B2) The Greek frigate Hydra (F-452) left Salamis naval base on Tuesday (May 12) to join the EU's Operation EUNAVFOR MED Irini in the Mediterranean Sea, reports the greek navy

The Hydra F-452 frigate (credit: Greek Navy)

But it will not be concretely operational until the end of May. She must spend a few days on the naval base of Crete, at the training center (KENAP), in particular to perfect the training of the teams of sailors in the boarding of ships.

On board the Hydra, there will be a boarding party (VPD type), similar to the one Malta should have provided (read: Dark cloud over Operation Irini. Malta brandishes the threat of a veto). It is intended to go and check vessels suspected of smuggling arms to Libya.


Read also: The EUNAVFOR Med Irini operation in a nutshell

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).