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End of Naval Service in EU Migrant Rescue Operation in the Mediterranean

28th March 2019
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 LE Eithne AFLOAT adds is seen on completion of a previous deployment in the Mediteranean Sea. The flagship was homeward bound which involved an en-route call via the Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta. LE Eithne AFLOAT adds is seen on completion of a previous deployment in the Mediteranean Sea. The flagship was homeward bound which involved an en-route call via the Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta. Photo: Irish Naval Service

#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.

More on the story can be read here.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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