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    I see on the Navy's Facebook that Niamh is heading home, any word on who might be going next and when?

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    Nobody this side of Christmas anyway.
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    Niamh arrived back yesterday , pictures on DF COS twitter , well done folks.
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    2018 participation in Op Sophia being brought to Cabinet today

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    According to the Junior Minister on Twitter, it is 2 vessels 16 weeks concurrently from April

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    According to the Junior Minister on Twitter, it is 2 vessels 16 weeks concurrently from April
    That has to be a typo? There's no way the NS could sustain that level surely? And from that tweet, does he mean just 1 surge deployment ending after the two do their 16 weeks, or follow ons?
    Last edited by Sparky42; 27th February 2018 at 14:34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    According to the Junior Minister on Twitter, it is 2 vessels 16 weeks concurrently from April
    There's a new tweet, it's consecutively not concurrently:
    https://twitter.com/campaign4kehoe?lang=en

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky42 View Post
    There's a new tweet, it's consecutively not concurrently:
    https://twitter.com/campaign4kehoe?lang=en
    The Irish Examiner expects deployment of two Naval Ships to the Mediterranean commencing with LE Samuel Beckett in April 2018 for 16 weeks and to be followed by LE James Joyce for a further 16 weeks. It indicates an Irish Naval attachment to OP. Sophia for 32 weeks- April to November.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientmariner View Post
    The Irish Examiner expects deployment of two Naval Ships to the Mediterranean commencing with LE Samuel Beckett in April 2018 for 16 weeks and to be followed by LE James Joyce for a further 16 weeks. It indicates an Irish Naval attachment to OP. Sophia for 32 weeks- April to November.
    15th April 2018 saw the P61 passing Roches Point at about 1145 heading to join OP SOPHIA in Eastern Mediterranean Area. The weather was moderate but accentuated the consequences of low freeboard on the maindecks. Best wishes to all for a good mission and safe return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientmariner View Post
    15th April 2018 saw the P61 passing Roches Point at about 1145 heading to join OP SOPHIA in Eastern Mediterranean Area. The weather was moderate but accentuated the consequences of low freeboard on the maindecks. Best wishes to all for a good mission and safe return.
    P61 will be passing through the Straits of Gibraltar today, 19th April, speed 14.7 temp 19deg. Course Easterly.
    Last edited by ancientmariner; 19th April 2018 at 09:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientmariner View Post
    P61 will be passing through the Straits of Gibraltar today, 19th April, speed 14.7 temp 19deg. Course Easterly.
    At 191837 UTC, East of Gib., at 4.6W, speed 17.4kts.

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    L.E. Samuel Beckett arrived at the Port of Catania (Sicily) at 9.04 local time.
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    I see HMS Westminster is there as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 25 pounder View Post
    I see HMS Westminster is there as well.
    Survey launch Sapphire is with her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmití View Post
    L.E. Samuel Beckett arrived at the Port of Catania (Sicily) at 9.04 local time.
    I was there last year for a few days...bit of a dump...hookers everywhere...I was surprised (though I'm sure the rest of Sicily is lovely)
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmití View Post
    Survey launch Sapphire is with her.
    I notice the beckett has changed her ais title to eu warship (ie). same as the westminister which is off malta currently, possibly all part of sofia?

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    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...30385240370725

    Eunavfor Med's Facebook mentioning arrival of Beckett
    Last edited by Tempest; 23rd April 2018 at 16:08.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...30385240370725

    Eunavfor Med's Facebook mentioning arrival of Beckett
    It seems that the navalising of Beckett's Sailing Order includes staying silent and no contact with Social Media. it would be interesting to know the day to day modus operandi or have a spread of no comment pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientmariner View Post
    It seems that the navalising of Beckett's Sailing Order includes staying silent and no contact with Social Media. it would be interesting to know the day to day modus operandi or have a spread of no comment pics.
    Emissions control?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientmariner View Post
    It seems that the navalising of Beckett's Sailing Order includes staying silent and no contact with Social Media. it would be interesting to know the day to day modus operandi or have a spread of no comment pics.
    Not really surprising see that she is on an active military operation, I would not expect any transmission from SB. As the mission goals include disruption of people smugglers and enforce arms embargoes the silence is understandable.

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    This could complicate the mission.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...rants-on-board
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmití View Post
    If migrants are picked up by naval or any vessel, then transferred to another vessel for transport to a place of refuge, then there must remain a collective responsibility until an outcome has been reached. The only way to process unwanted migrants is to send them back, with cash support, to their countries of origin but not to Libya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientmariner View Post
    If migrants are picked up by naval or any vessel, then transferred to another vessel for transport to a place of refuge, then there must remain a collective responsibility until an outcome has been reached. The only way to process unwanted migrants is to send them back, with cash support, to their countries of origin but not to Libya.
    Given that EUFORMED OP SOPHIA is HQ'ed in ROME and Italian Commanded, is there a conflict arising given the views of the new Italian Government on migrants?

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    That appears to be the case. Spain has agreed to take this ship and its cargo. It does look bad for the operation going forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmití View Post
    That appears to be the case. Spain has agreed to take this ship and its cargo. It does look bad for the operation going forward.

    Op Sophia's mandate:
    "EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia is the EU naval operation disrupting the business model of migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean. The operation has two supporting tasks: training the Libyan Coastguard and Navy and contributing to the implementation of the UN arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya in accordance with UNSCR 2292 (2016) and 2357 (2017)"

    Since this does not include SAR or specifically embarking migrants, it should have very little effect on the mission.


    It would have impacted on the previous Irish OP PONTUS or the Italian mission OP Mare Sicuro as they were SAR missions.

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