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Germany withdraws from EUNAVFOR’s Operation 'Sophia' in Mediterranean

10 June 2019
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Germany will end its participation in the European Union Naval Force Mediterranean’s (EUNAVFOR Med’s) Operation ‘Sophia’ counter human smuggling and trafficking mission, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 6 June. German personnel will stop working in the mission’s headquarters in Rome, Italy, on 30 June.

The decision follows the German withdrawal of the frigate Augsburg from Operation ‘Sophia’ at the beginning of February and the suspension of naval patrols by all participants. The breakdown of German personnel on foreign deployments posted on the Bundeswehr website showed zero for Operation ‘Sophia’ on 7 June.

However, the operation‘s air patrols and support of the Libyan coast guard and navy continue, an EUNAVFOR Med spokesperson told Jane's on 10 June.

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