The flagship of the Romanian Coast Guard, patrol vessel Stephen the Great, IMO number MAI 0201, has left on Sunday Constanta harbour for 90-day international mission in the Mediterranean as part of the European patrolling mission TRITON 2015/2016 coordinated by the FRONTEX European Agency.
Present at the departure ceremony, the director of the Coast Guard, Police Chief Commissioner Laurentiu Costache, mentioned, for Agerpres, that this is the eighth international mission of the patrol and intervention vessel and the third as part of FRONTEX.
According to the General Inspectorate of the Border Police (IGPF), 2016 will see the unfolding of a new stage of the joint operation TRITON organized and supported by FRONTEX as part of the European Patrols Network, at the maritime borders of Italy and Greece, Romania bringing its contribution to the operation through the deployment of the Stephen the Great vessel with a crew of 21 border policemen of the Coast Guard structure who will conduct individual operations of patrol, scouting, search and rescue in coordination with vessels of other EU states.
Furthermore, as part of the TRITON 2016 operation, IGPF will detach to the International Coordination Center in Rome two liaison officers that will maintain contact between the deployed vessel and the IGPF Coordination Center as well as between the naval unit and the Maritime Operations Sector of FRONTEX.
The main objective of the TRITON 2015/2016 joint operation is to counteract the phenomenon of illegal immigration at the outside border of the European Union and to increase the efficiency of information and data exchange between the authorities of member states, as well as to further experience exchange between European border guards.