EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia starts training of Libyan Navy Coast Guard and Libyan Navy

October 27, 2016
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The EU Naval Operation EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia launched this week the first package of training activities for the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy, in response to the request of the Libyan authorities for support in capacity building and training.

The objective is to enhance their capability to disrupt smuggling and trafficking in Libya and to perform search and rescue activities which will save lives and improve security in the Libyan territorial waters. The training is taking place on board of two EUNAVFOR MED assets on the high seas for 78 embarked trainees and their mentors.
The initial training package comprises various models, ranging from basic seamanship to more advanced specialist skills and includes a substantial focus on human rights and international law.
EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia has been active in International waters since June 2015. Its core mandate is to disrupt the business model of human traffickers and smugglers in the Central Mediterranean. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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EEAS – Libya
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage – Libya
EU Delegation to Libya – website and Facebook page 


Countries covered:

  • Libya