Britain's HMS Cumberland ready for further embargo operations in Libya

09:33, March 30, 2011      

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Britain's HMS Cumberland is ready to move into the next phase of operations in Libya by enforcing the arms embargo under UN Security Council resolutions, the Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday.

The Royal Navy Type 22 frigate has been a key part of Britain's response to the crisis in Libya since the beginning of the unrest in February.

One way HMS Cumberland is able to enforce the arms embargo is through her embarked Lynx helicopter which can search a wide area of the sea quickly and search out any vessels which are in breach of the UN-sanctioned arms embargo on Libya.

The ship's Royal Marines and Royal Navy boarding parties have been honing their skills recently so they are ready to be deployed at minutes' notice if needed to conduct searches of suspect vessels stopped by the Type 22 frigate under the embargo.

The boarding teams can be deployed rapidly by sea boat or by fast-roping onto the deck of a suspect vessel from Cumberland's Lynx helicopter.

HMS Cumberland's Commanding Officer, Captain Steve Dainton, said Cumberland is demonstrating her capability as a highly flexible asset. "Over the last month, we have conducted three evacuation operations from Benghazi, conducted patrols off the coast and acted as an effective deterrent to Gaddafi's naval forces."

"Now we are ready to be involved in the next phase" of the operation, said Dainton, adding they, along with their NATO partners, would make sure that no embargoed goods are supplied to Libya by sea.

Source: Xinhua
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