Bulgaria sends frigate to patrol near Libya

The Bulgarian government here on Wednesday decided to send the frigate Drazki (Daring) to support the arms embargo against Libya.

According to the Government Information Service, Drazki would participate in the NATO's operation Unified Protector aiming to patrol the approaches to Libyan territorial waters to reduce the flow of arms, related material and mercenaries to Libya.

The frigate would sail to the area of operation as early as April 15 for not more than three months since its deployment. Up to 160 people, including a 12-member group for special operations, would be on board.

Bulgarian troops would provide visible and significant contribution to the NATO joint efforts demonstrating determination and unified will to resolve the crisis in Libya, the government said.

[Source: Xinhua, Sofia, 30Mar11]

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