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Lithuanian militaries depart for EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia
7 September 2018. Third rotation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces naval boarding team will start its mission at the EU NAVFOR Med Operation Sophia later this week.
Twelve men strong unit, consisting of members of Lithuanian Special Forces, Military Police and Military Medical Service, will be deployed on board of the German Navy frigate Augsburg. During their mission Lithuanian militaries will conduct tasks aimed at neutralising established refugee smuggling and arms trafficking routes in the Southern Central Mediterranean along the coasts of Libya.
Lithuania has been participating at the Operation Sophia since 2015. Currently Lithuania has one officer serving at the Operation Sophia HQ in Rome and two other officers serving on board of Italian Navy vessel San Marco.