united kingdom Operation Weald

Mediterranean between Libya and Sicily


Operation Weald is the UK contribution to the European initiatives Triton (Italian and Maltese coasts), Aspida (Greek coast) and Poseidon (Bulgarian coast) to stem the flow of migrants from North Africa and Syria, into Europe, propelled by people traffickers. Triton is supported by Italy (search and rescue, and holding centres), France (maritime patrol aircraft) and Germany (two frigates) at present. Other nations have made smaller commitments such as Latvia and Lithuania (one helicopter each), Luxembourg (satellite surveillance time), Poland (maritime surveillance aircraft) and Belgium and Ireland (one naval vessel each).

The British Government committed HMS Bulwark for a two month Search and Rescue deployment in the Triton area of operations from early May 2015, together with a detachment of 814 NAS Merlins and two UK Border Force cutters. HMS Enterprise is due to relieve HMS Bulwark in Jul 2015.


HMS Bulwark Rescues Migrants in the Mediterranean, 29-May-15 : Nearly 370 people, 50 of them children, were saved by HMS Bulwark in one of five rescues played out at the same time off the Libyan coast by European navies responding to the humanitarian crisis


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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
    04may15 to 03jul15 UK 814 squadron Fleet Air Arm eh.101

Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

List of Aircraft


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Landing Ship/Platform Dock  Albion class   Royal Navy L15 HMS Bulwark,
Support Ship  Echo class   Royal Navy H88 HMS Enterprise,

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