Operation Recsyr

The Danish, Norwegian and British Task Group works alongside a Russian and Chinese Task Group to provide maritime force protection to the Danish and Norwegian merchant vessels tasked with transporting the chemical substances and weapons out of Syria for destruction.

Operation Recsyr marks the culmination of the diplomatic efforts to eliminate chemical weapons from the Syrian Regime and the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2118, which calls for the expeditious destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons programme.

The maritime Task Group works within the framework of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons United Nations Joint Mission (OPCW-UN).  The OPCW-UN is mandated to oversee the timely elimination of the chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Regime in the safest and most secure manner possible whilst the Syrian Regime retains responsibility for organising the ground movement of the chemicals to the Syrian port of Latakia for loading onto the two merchant vessels for onwards destruction.

What we are doing

Contributing to a multinational Task Group

Why we are there

Removing chemical weapons from Syria

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Preventing Conflict

The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message that the UK is committed to global affairs and provides a stabilising influence. In this way we prevent conflict on the high seas and protect the flow of international trade on which our nation depends.  

Location Mediterranean

HMS Diamond (D34)

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