Ireland and EU common security & defence policy: operation Sophia as an example of EU contribution in the maritime environment

Tony O'Regan, Dinos Kerigan-Kyrou

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This paper will discuss the background to the EU Naval operation EUNAVFOR MED. It will focus on Ireland's role providing a key maritime resource in a multinational environment working with partners across the EU and NATO. It will explain some of the unique aspects of the mission from the first-hand perspective of an Irish Defence Forces Naval Service officer centrally involved with the EU operation. Finally, it will draw some conclusions about how all EU states can contribute to a dynamic maritime operation such as EUNAVFOR MED.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationnmiotc: Maritime Interdiction Operations Journal
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Operation Sophia
  • European Union
  • NATO
  • Irish Defence Forces
  • Security

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