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Operation ‘SOPHIA’

Frigate ‘Victoria’ to integrate into the EUNAVFOR MED Operation ‘SOPHIA’.
The ship will deploy in Central Mediterranean in this operation against the illegal trafficking of people.
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Frigate ‘Victoria’ has just left Rota Naval Base to integrate into Operation ‘Sophia’ whose main mission is to fight human trafficking in the Mediterranean. To this end, the warship will join the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) from mid-June to mid-September.

EUNAVFOR MED Operation ‘Sophia’ is a multinational mission set up by a decision of the Council of the European Union of May 18th 2015. The ‘Victoria’ will relieve her sister ship ‘Canarias’ which has already participated twice in this operation.

This mission intends to thwart the human trafficking networks operating in the Mediterranean Sea, a criminal activity which helps finance some terrorist groups.

Frigate ‘Victoria’ (F-82)

‘Victoria’ is the second unit of a batch of six F-80 frigates. She was built in Ferrol (NW Spain) based on the American ‘Oliver Hazard Perry’ class design. Delivered to the Spanish Navy in October 1987, she is equipped with modern sensors and weapons systems, and can operate as a blue-water escort.

The F-82 has a complement of 212 people and for this specific mission, the warship has embarked a helicopter and a Marine Corps security team.

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