The U.K. Royal Navy's type 23 frigate HMS Richmond now has powers to search, detain, and seize suspected smugglers. Photo: L(Phot) Gaz Weatherston/MOD
Oct. 26, 2015 By Ryan Maass (UPI)
The U.K. Royal Navy's warship HMS Richmond has joined the EU's Mediterranean mission to crack down on migrant smuggling in the region. The vessel was awarded powers to stop and detain migrant smugglers, as reports come of armed attacks on asylum seekers traveling by sea from the Middle East to Europe.