#navy - The deployment of patrol vessels by the Naval Service is to end in the EU's big migrant rescue operation in the Mediterranean.
The move writes Independent.ie follows a decision by the EU to stop maritime patrols of the sea between north Africa and Europe and to focus, instead, on air patrols and closer co-ordination and co-operation with Libyan authorities.
Naval vessel, LE Eithne, with a crew of about 60, was due to return to the Mediterranean at the end of the month.
But the patrol vessel will now remain at home after previously being involved in the rescue of more than 500 migrants from the Mediterranean.
The mandate for the operation, codenamed Sophia, was due to expire on Sunday but will now be extended for a further six months with a similar aim of disrupting people smuggling and trafficking in the Med.
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