A cadre of 87 Libyan Coastguard and Navy personnel arrived in Italy on 17 September to attend new training modules at the Italian Navy Petty Officer Academy in Taranto.
The group, comprising officers and petty officers and including three supporting tutors, will attend two different training modules: patrol boat crew training (eight weeks duration) and instructor training (three weeks). The candidates were subjected to a voluntary vetting process carried out by EU Naval Forces Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med) and including a number of EU nations and international organisations.
The programme forms part of a training package detailed in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in 2016 by the commander of the EU-led naval Operation ‘Sophia’, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, and Libyan coastguard commander Commodore Abdalh Toumia.
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