The “Regele Ferdinand” frigate returned, yesterday, to the Constanta Harbour, from its mission in the Mediterranean within the “Unified Protector” operation to impose an embargo on Libya. Having set sail on April 22, the frigate carried aboard for this mission a crew of 205 sailors.
In the speech he delivered on this occasion, the National Defence Minister Gabriel Oprea congratulated the military officers aboard the frigate for the professionalism they displayed in carrying out this mission. “You’ve reflected a faithful image of Romania abroad, an image of honour, courage and responsible commitment,” Oprea argued, quoted by Mediafax. In this context, the minister stated that the “Regele Ferdinand” frigate covered, in the course of this mission, 17,400 sea leagues, taking part in 756 specialized missions of supervision, watch, interception, seek-out and rescue. He mentioned, as an example, an intervention made on the night of May 12 to 13, when the frigate crew participated in the rescue of 150 people who were aboard a drifting ship, in the vicinity of Tripoli. Oprea added that the military would continue to act as “a source of stability”, wherever it is called upon to do so.