Operation Sophia

The European Union Naval Force Mediterranean Operation Sophia is part of the European-wide response to the migration issue, addressing not only the issue of migrants, but also its root causes - conflict, poverty, climate change and persecution.

What we are doing

Countering illegal arms smuggling

Why we are there

Supporting the UN arms embargo

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.  

Providing humanitarian assistance

When natural or man-made disasters occur, a country’s infrastructure and resources can be crippled. With loss of electricity, shortage of food and water supplies, and human lives at risk – responding to such life-threatening scenarios is central to the Royal Navy’s ethos. Because we have the skills, equipment and know-how to go anywhere, regardless of potential damage to local infrastructure.

Location Mediterranean

HMS Echo

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