Spain to take helm of EU naval operations in Med

Eunavfer MedSophia changes command, 40,000 rescued since 2015

30 August, 18:21

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, AUGUST 30 - Spain will on Thursday take command from Italy of the European Union's Operation Sophia, which fights human smuggling in the Mediterranean. The handover ceremony will be held on Thursday morning at the Taranto naval base in southern Italy.

    Spain will direct the naval operations of the vessel Cantabria under the command of Rear Admiral Javier Moreno Susanna. The EU force has 11 ships and six aircraft. EFE reports that, since the beginning of the operation in 2015, over 100 alleged smugglers have been captured and 40,000 people rescued. (ANSAmed).

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