Anti-aircraft frigate Jean Bart
7 May 2020


Since 4 May 2020, the anti-air frigate Jean Bart has been involved in the European Union (EU)-led Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI.
Launched on 1 April 2020, the primary aim of this prevention mission is to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution (2016) on the arms embargo on Libya.

The French vessel will patrol the Central Mediterranean Sea and, through its reconnaissance and detection capabilities, help to prevent risks of instability in the region, in cooperation with the other resources mobilised by the European partners.

This support comes a few days after deployment of the light stealth frigate Aconit within Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI, which is now continuing its route in the Mediterranean.

Mindful of the risks that human and arms trafficking and the illegal export of petroleum generated by the Libyan crisis is posing on regional stability, France, alongside its European partners, committed as early as 2015 to the EU’s Operation against migrant trafficking in the Mediterranean Sea, named EUNAVFOR MED SOPHIA. In 2020, with Operation EUNAVFOR MED SOPHIA coming to an end, France is therefore remaining fully committed together with its EU partners in the context of Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI.