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19 septembre 2015 6 19 /09 /septembre /2015 11:50
photo Composante Marine - MIL.be

photo Composante Marine - MIL.be


18.09.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense
 

C'est, comme on dit, dans les tuyaux: selon mon excellent collègue de l'agence Belga, Gérard Gaudin, la Belgique devrait participer à partir de début octobre et durant six semaines à l'opération navale européenne en Méditerranée [EUNAVFOR MED] avec la frégate Leopold 1, l'un des deux navires de cette classe en service dans la Marine belge.

La frégate belge devrait ensuite participer à partir de la mi-novembre "durant environ quatre semaines à la Task Force internationale" qui croise dans le Golfe persique. Selon Belga, "le navire aura un rôle d'escorte du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle" qui pourrait effectuer un nouveau déploiement en Méditerranée, son aviation embarquée bombardant des objectifs de l'Etat islamique (EI) en Irak et certainement aussi en Syrie.

Entre février et avril dernier, le PA français avait déjà été déployé et ses avions (SEM et Rafale) avaient été engagés en Irak. Une frégate britannique, le HMS Kent, avait rallié le groupe aéronaval pour assurer la mission la lutte anti-sous-marine.

Selon Belga, Paris n'a pas encore répondu formellement à l'offre belge. Ce que confirme l'EM de la Marine nationale.

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Royal Navy warship offered to Mediterranean anti-smuggling mission

 

16 September 2015 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

 

HMS Richmond has been offered to boost the EU mission to tackle people smuggling in the Mediterranean, the Defence Secretary has announced.

The frigate is set to join HMS Enterprise in the EU mission off Libya which is close to moving to its second phase, aimed at going after the criminal gangs responsible.

Enterprise has been essential in the efforts to move the mission to its next stage. Richmond will support the operational commander in the next phase which aims to conduct operations to board and seize vessels in the southern Mediterranean.

The ship will bring added surveillance and reconnaissance – including her Scan Eagle unmanned aerial system which can cover vast areas.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

The vital work of HMS Bulwark, HMS Enterprise and our Merlin helicopters shows the UK’s commitment to tackling the refugee crisis at source.

The Royal Navy has rescued thousands of people from peril but we’ve been clear we have to tackle the gangs behind this, which is why it’s important the mission moves to the next phase.

We will not stand by and let this smuggling trade escalate; we will confront this criminal activity which risks the lives of innocent people every day.

HMS Bulwark and Royal Navy Merlin helicopters played a key part in the rescue mission earlier this summer. Thousands of people were rescued from small boats operated by the gangs between North Africa and Europe. The EU mission is part of a wider comprehensive approach to tackling the migration crisis at the source countries in the region.

HMS Richmond, which has been on operations east of Suez, will be offered at an EU force generation conference today.

While it would not be her primary role HMS Richmond would be able to support Search and Rescue operations.

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