Portsmouth warship to target people smugglers in latest Nato mission

A PORTSMOUTH-BASED warship is being deployed to the Aegean in support of Nato's war against people traffickers.

Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 5:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:58 pm
HMS Mersey during a recent deployment in the Caribbean

HMS Mersey is the latest ship being used to tackle the tide of illegal people-smuggling and migration. It comes as Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said the international effort is working with numbers crossing being reduced by around 90 per cent – from several thousand a day to 10s.

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Defence secretary Michael Fallon said: ‘British ships have been at the forefront of the progress made in the Aegean – helping to disrupt people-trafficking routes and save lives. We must now continue to focus on stopping this trade in human misery for good.’

Mersey will stay in the Aegean until the end of the month. She was previously based in the Caribbean tackling drug smugglers and was involved in a £12m bust in April.