French Gowind patrol vessel L’Adroit concludes Op Sophia deployment

French Navy Gowind-class patrol vessel FS L’Adroit has concluded a month-long deployment to the Mediterranean Sea where it helped tackle the migrant crisis off the coast of Libya under the EU-led operation Sophia. 

FS L’Adroit provided support to the operation, contributing to deter the illegal trafficking of arms, to gather relevant information about the smuggler’s maritime activities and business model, according to the UN arms embargo on Libya.

During her mission, the crew was reinforced by a detachment of Navy Marines, along with a team specialized in detecting explosive devices.

FS L’Adroit is the first and only Gowind corvette French shipbuilder Naval Group (formerly DCNS) built for the French Navy. Since her commissioning in 2012, L’Adroit  saw action in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa in addition to the Mediterranean Sea.

FS L’Adroit’s duties on operation Sophia will be taken up by another French Navy vessel, the FS Commandant Ducuing.

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