Summary: 28 July 2015, Rome – On July 27, the EU naval operation against human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean called EUNAVFOR Med reached Full Operational Capability (FOC), following last month’s decision by the Council to launch the operation.
Naval and air assets have been deployed and logistically supported in the Area of Operation and the Headquarters manned with Command and control activated.
At the moment EUNAVFOR MED can count on 4 naval units (the Italian flagship “Cavour”, 2 German and 1 UK ships) and 5 air assets (1 French and 1 Luxemburg planes, 2 Italian and 1 UK helicopters).
In its first phase, EUNAVFOR Med performs information gathering and patrolling on the high seas to support the detection and monitoring of smuggling networks which is of vital importance for the later phases of the operation.
EUNAVFOR Med, established on 18 May 2015, is part of a wider EU’s comprehensive approach to migration, tackling both current symptoms and root causes such as conflict, poverty, climate change and persecution.
The mission is focused on smuggling and trafficking activities with the aim to disrupt their capabilities and business model.
EUNAVFOR Medï»¿: The Operation Headquarters is located in Rome under the lead of Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Enrico Credendino , assisted in the HQ by deputy Commander Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Herve Blejean and at sea by the Force Commander Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Andrea Gueglio.
The mission shall not end later than 12 months after having reached Full Operational Capability.
- Ref: EU15-318EN
- EU source: European Union
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- Date: 28/7/2015