17 Dec 2021

Operation IRINI of the European Naval Forces in the Mediterranean (Task Force 464) at Work

Yesterday a suspected Vessel was Intercepted and Inspected off the Libyan coast before reaching Libya.

After two days in rough sea and strong winds, although the sea state conditions were still marginal, HS NAVARINON Boarding Team was inserted by helicopter and inspected a Merchant Vessel suspected of violating the UN Arms Embargo on Libya.

A Special Forces Team once secured the area, verified the ship’s documentation and inspected, according to the UN Resolution 2292, several containers suspected to be loaded with unlawful material. Nothing suspicious was discovered, then the ship was released and proceeded towards the Next Port of Call.

The Special Team was very professional and the unopposed boarding took only 5 hours and safely carried out in accordance with the Task Force 464 Standing Operating Procedures.