Brief blogMediterranean seaMissions Operations

The frigate Hamburg at work off the coast of Libya

(B2) After two weeks of travel, the German frigate Hamburg joined, on Sunday (August 23), the European maritime force present off Libya and responsible for monitoring the Mediterranean arms embargo.

(credit: EUNAVFOR Med Irini)

Placed under the command of frigate captain (Fregattenkapitän) Jan Fitschen, the frigate, which left its home port in early August, made its first visit, on the MV Spirit which was heading for the port of Tobruk announces operation EUNAVFOR Med Irini. This Sachsen-class ship has two helicopters on board and a special forces boarding team. It is the first German ship to participate in Irini (Read: The Hamburg in Operation Irini in August).

But the European operation still only has two ships: the Italian San Giorgio which acts as flagship, the Greek Spetsai having resumed its national journey. It also has at its disposal a larger panoply of air resources: an Italian Predator drone, a Greek Embraer 145, the Luxembourg Merlin III and Polish Antonov Bryza 28B1R, as well as the French Falcon 50 (provided periodically). It no longer has the German P3 Orion C which also returned to the country.


  1. Originally, the frigate was to go to India to be present at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, then to Australia; the trip was canceled due to coronavirus.

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).