One of the more curious aspects of the coverage of “Europe’s migrant crisis” is the apparent assumption that Europe couldn’t possibly do anything to keep Asians and Africans from crossing the Mediterranean because that would require naval forces, and whoever heard of Europe having boats in the water?
But European navies not only exist, they are currently policing the Indian Ocean to keep down Somali pirates. The E.U. has Operation Atalanta
, while European nations participate as well in the U.S. headed Combined Task Force 150
. Here’s Wikipedia’s description of the E.U.’s operation
Operation Atalanta:Operation Atalanta, also known as European Union Naval Force Somalia (EU-NAVFOR-ATALANTA), is a current counter-piracy military operation at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean, that is the first undertaken by the European Union Naval Force. …The following vessels have, among others, been committed to the Operation as of 25 February 2015. Belgium Karel Doorman-class frigate BNS Louise-Marie (F931), BelgiumBelgium Karel Doorman-class frigate BMS Leopold I (F930), BelgiumGermany Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Brandenburg (F215), GermanyGermany Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (F218), GermanyGermany Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Schleswig-Holstein (F216), GermanyGermany Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Bayern (F217), GermanyGermany Bremen-class frigate FGS Rheinland-Pfalz (F209), GermanyGermany Bremen-class frigate FGS Köln (F211), GermanyGermany Bremen-class frigate FGS Niedersachsen (F208), GermanyGermany Bremen-class frigate FGS Lübeck (F214), GermanyGermany Sachsen-class frigate FGS Hamburg (F220)Germany Rhön-class tanker FGS Rhön (A1443), GermanyGermany Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Berlin (A1411), Germany
Netherlands De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate HNLMS De Ruyter (F804), NetherlandsNetherlands De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate HNLMS Evertsen (F805), NetherlandsNetherlands Karel Doorman-class frigate HNLMS Van Speijk (F828), NetherlandsNetherlands Karel Doorman-class frigate HNLMS Van Amstel (F831), NetherlandsNetherlands Replenishment oiler HNLMS Amsterdam (A836), NetherlandsNetherlands Rotterdam class amphibious transport dock HNLMS Johan de Witt (L801), NetherlandsNetherlands Holland-class offshore patrol vessels HNLMS Groningen (P843), NetherlandsItaly Maestrale-class frigate ITS Maestrale (F570), ItalyItaly Maestrale-class frigate ITS Libeccio (F572), ItalyItaly Maestrale-class frigate ITS Zeffiro (F577), ItalyItaly Maestrale-class frigate ITS Espero (F576), ItalyItaly Maestrale-class frigate ITS Scirocco (F573), ItalyItaly San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock ITS San Giusto (L9894), ItalyItaly Horizon-class frigate ITS Andrea Doria (D553), ItalyFrance helicopter cruiser FS Jeanne d’Arc (R97), FranceFrance Mistral-class amphibious assault ship BPC Tonnerre (L9014), FranceFrance Georges Leygues-class frigate FASM Jean de Vienne (D643), FranceFrance Georges Leygues-class frigate FASM Georges Leygues (D640), FranceFrance La Fayette-class frigate FLF Aconit (F713), FranceFrance La Fayette-class frigate FLF Guépratte (F714), FranceFrance La Fayette-class frigate FLF La Fayette (F710), FranceFrance La Fayette-class frigate FLF Surcouf (F711), FranceFrance Tourville-class frigate FASM De Grasse (D612)France Floréal-class frigate FS Floréal (F730), FranceFrance Floréal-class frigate FS Nivôse (F732), FranceFrance Cassard-class frigate FAA Jean Bart (D615), FranceFrance D’Estienne d’Orves-class frigate FS Jacoubet (F794), FranceFrance Durance-class tanker FS Marne (A630), FranceFrance Foudre-class landing platform dock FS Siroco (L9012), FranceNew Zealand Lockheed P-3 Orion P-3K2 Orion, New ZealandPortugal Vasco da Gama-class frigate NRP Vasco da Gama (F330)Portugal Vasco da Gama-class frigate NRP Álvares Cabral (F331)Portugal Lockheed P-3 Orion P-3C Papa, PortugalSpain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Santa Maria (F81), SpainSpain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Victoria (F82), SpainSpain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Numancia (F83), SpainSpain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Navarra (F85), SpainSpain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Canarias (F86), SpainSpain Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Reina Sofía (F84), SpainSpain Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate SPS Blas de Lezo (F103), SpainSpain Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate SPS Mendez Nuñez (F104), SpainSpain Descubierta-class corvette SPS Infanta Elena (P76), SpainSpain Descubierta-class corvette SPS Infanta Cristina (P77), SpainSpain Descubierta-class corvette SPS Cazadora (P78), SpainSpain Descubierta-class corvette SPS Vencedora (P79), SpainSpain Galicia-class landing platform dock SPS Galicia (L51), SpainSpain Replenishment oiler SPS Patiño (A14), SpainSpain Meteoro-class offshore patrol boat SPS Relámpago (P43), SpainSpain Lockheed P-3 Orion P-3M Orion, SpainUnited Kingdom Type 22-class frigate HMS Cumberland (F85), United KingdomUnited Kingdom Type 23-class frigate HMS Northumberland (F238), United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bay-class landing ship RFA Lyme Bay (L3007), United KingdomGreece Hydra-class frigate HS Salamis (F455) Greece Greece Hydra-class frigate HS Psara (F454) GreeceGreece Elli-class frigate HS Elli (F450), GreeceGreece Elli-class frigate HS Adrias (F459), GreeceSweden Stockholm-class corvette HSwMS Stockholm (K11), SwedenSweden Stockholm-class corvette HSwMS Malmö (K12), SwedenSweden Akademik Shuleykin-class auxiliary vessel HSwMS Trossö (A264), SwedenSweden ocean patrol vessel HMS Carlskrona (P04), SwedenNorway Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310), Norway – (Non EU member contribution)Finland Pohjanmaa class minelayer FNS Pohjanmaa, FinlandRomania Type 22-class frigate Regele Ferdinand (221), RomaniaUkraine Krivak-class frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U130), Ukraine
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