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Inspection of a suspected arms transport vessel off the coast of Libya

(B2) The Greek Ship HS Navarinon which is taking part in the European embargo monitoring operation (EUNAVFOR Med Irini) carried out an inspection on December 16 of a vessel considered suspicious, off the coast of Libya.

Search of containers by Greek sailors in the presence of a member of the crew (photo: EUNAVFOR Med Irini)

The container ship had been followed for several days already, “ suspected of violating the UN arms embargo against Libya ". But rough seas and strong winds prevented any safe arrival on the ship. It was only after two days, when the sea conditions became more acceptable, that the visiting team from HS Navirinon (1) was able to be airlifted from a helicopter onto the ship.

The special forces first " secure the area “, we say to the HQ of the operation in Rome. They then " checked » vessel documents. Then they proceeded to inspect several containers. suspected of being loaded with illegal material ". Inspection carried out in accordance with the UN resolution (the 2292 for those close to the UN thing). " Nothing suspicious was [eventually] discovered ". The ship – whose name has not been communicated and carefully hidden in official photos – was therefore released and was able to continue on its way to a port of call.


(1) This Meko 200 HN (F-461) class frigate was incorporated into the Greek Navy in 1995 after being acquired from the Netherlands. Built in the naval workshops of De Schelde in Vilssingen in the mid-1970s, she was engaged for 15 years in the Dutch Navy under the name HNLMS Van Kinsbergen and the hull number F-809.

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).