German K130 corvette returns from UNIFIL deployment

first_img View post tag: K130 June 9, 2017 View post tag: UNIFIL Authorities German K130 corvette FGS Braunschweig returns from 13-month UNIFIL deployment Back to overview,Home naval-today German K130 corvette FGS Braunschweig returns from 13-month UNIFIL deployment center_img View post tag: German Navy German Navy’s K130 corvette FGS Braunschweig is returning from a 13-month deployment to UNIFIL and is expected to enter her Warnemünde navy base on June 14.During her deployment, the corvette changed crews two times and sailed a total of 41,600 nautical miles.FGS Braunschweig was replaced by sister ship FGS Magdeburg which assumed her duties on May 31.In addition to Germany, UNIFIL’s maritime task group was composed of units from Brasil, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Turkey and Greece.Apart from training evolutions with NATO units, sailors aboard FGS Braunschweig also took part in training activities with Lebanon Navy sailors and the Cypriot search and rescue service.During their time off the coast of Lebanon, sailors also visited the harbors of Rota (Spain), Limassol (Cyprus), Beirut (Lebanon), Barcelona and Vigo (Spain).The Maritime Task Force of UNIFIL was and is the only naval force led by the United Nations. Since 2006, navies have been helping the Lebanon government secure its sea border and prevent weapon smuggling from the sea. Since the beginning of the operation more than 68,000 ships were checked and around 7,200 vehicles led to the ports of Beirut, Sidon and Tripoli for further checks.Braunschweig (F 260) is the first of five K130 corvettes built for the German Navy by TKMS. The 89 meter ship was launched in April 2006 and commissioned into the navy two years later, in April 2008. Share this article View post tag: FGS Braunschweiglast_img read more

Larrea Is “Proud” To Have Participated In A Mission To Assist Hostages

first_imgBy Dialogo May 26, 2009 The Ecuadorian ex-minister of Internal and External Security Gustavo Larrea assured today that he feels “proud” of having participated in a mission to free hostages that were being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “I feel that the road to democracy, the road to peace requires for people such as myself in this case, to intervene in humanitarian missions, and I feel proud of having done so, Larrea stated. During an interview with the local television station Ecuavisa, he added that he didn’t feel that that participation should be censored. “I do not feel that it goes against the law to fight for hostages to be freed (…), on the contrary, I think that it is an important humanitarian gesture and I feel proud of this”, as indicated by Larrea, who once met with Luis Edgar Devia, “Raúl Reyes”, the international spokesperson for FARC who was killed in a Colombian bombing on a guerilla camp site in Ecuador in 2008. Larrea,currently a member of Government, was Minister of the Interior and, according to presidentRafael Correa, he will return to work in his administration. So far, he hasn’t revealed the country in which he had met with “Reyes”. He said that he request permission from that country to reveal its name, but he is still waiting for a response to this request. “I still do not have this authorization. I would like to tell you where and when the meeting took place; but unfortunately, I will have to wait for a response from that country to release that information”, he stated. Last May 7th, the commission for Supervision and Political Control of the Ecuadorian Legislature ruled out holding a political trial against Larrea for supposed negligence in the performance of his duty. Four official legislators out of the seven which comprise that commission, decided to close the case, presented by the opponent Julio Logroño, who considered that Larrea was negligent in meeting with the leaders of that armed group, when he attempted to exchange the hostages held by the FARC for guerrilla fighters who were being held in Colombian jails. Diplomatic relations between Ecuador and Colombia are broken since the camp site bombing, where “Raúl Reyes” died”.last_img read more

Caribbean Human Rights Initiative Conference

first_imgBy By Captain Jessica Plummer, Security Cooperation Office, U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti July 14, 2016 The Security Cooperation Office – Haiti (SCO-Haiti) and theLouisiana National Guard (LANG), in partnership with the U.S. Southern Command(SOUTHCOM) Human Rights Office, sponsored The Caribbean Human Rights Initiative(HRI) Conference on May 24th-25th, 2016 at the Jackson Barracks in New Orleans,Louisiana. The conference included participants from SOUTHCOM’s Human RightsOffice, SCO-Haiti, LANG, and military/security force personnel, andrepresentatives of human rights and civil society organizations from partnernations, including Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, DominicanRepublic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. The theme of the conferencefocused on the shared human rights and security challenges faced today byCaribbean partner nation security and defense forces. Representatives from Colombia and Brazil served assubject-matter experts, sharing their expertise on areas such as human rightsconsiderations in humanitarian assistance/disaster relief efforts, and theimportance of institutionalizing respect for human rights within the armedforces by establishing a strong program at all levels of the defenseinstitution. Trinidad and Tobago described their recent efforts of integratinghuman rights within the Armed Forces, while the Inspector General of theHaitian National Police (HNP) provided an overview of the country’s successfulCommunity Policing program. The conference initiated dialogue and enhanced cooperationbetween SOUTHCOM and Caribbean partner nation defense and security forces in aneffort to begin building a regional network focused on human rights andsecurity challenges for our Caribbean partner nations.Over the years, the security and defenseinstitutions in the Caribbean and Latin America have made steady progresstoward respect for human rights, but many countries still face dauntingchallenges in the face of rising levels of violence and the use of defenseforces in public security missions throughout the region. During each day ofthe conference, working group break-out sessions allowed participants todiscuss and share best practices and challenges on specific areas of concern ina smaller setting. Some of the challenges facing security and defense forces inthe region discussed by participants included gang violence, the need foradequate use of force protocols, human trafficking, high crime rates, poverty,transnational organized crime, narcotics trafficking, and politicalinstability. The May 2016 Caribbean HRI Conference followed last year’ssuccessful Human Rights Initiative conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Incoordination with SOUTHCOM’s Human Rights Office, SCO-Haiti and LANG willcontinue to support human rights initiatives with our military and securitypartners in the Caribbean. For more information about the last year’s human rightsconference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, follow the link below: http://www.southcom.mil/newsroom/Pages/SOUTHCOM-ho…last_img read more

British PM Johnson will be back at work on Monday, office says

first_imgCriticism is growing over the government response to the pandemic, with limited testing and shortages of protective equipment for medical workers and carers.Johnson’s stand-in leader Dominic Raab has faced questions over how Britain will ease the lockdown without a deadly second wave of infections.Britain’s interior minister urged Britons to stick to the lockdown rules earlier on Saturday. But many lawmakers want restrictions to be eased to bolster the economy, which budget forecasters say could be heading into its deepest recession in more than 300 years.Johnson was taken to St Thomas’s Hospital in central London suffering from COVID-19 symptoms on April 5, and spent April 6-9 in intensive care.Topics : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be back at work on Monday, a Downing Street spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday, after having recovered from a case of coronavirus that sent him to intensive care for three nights in early April.Johnson, 55, will take back control of a government under pressure from the economic fallout of shutdowns aimed at curbing the spread of the highly infectious virus, as well as a rising death toll.As of Saturday, Britain has recorded more than 20,000 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.last_img read more