Romanian frigate joins NATO blockade of Libya on Friday
A Romanian frigate is due to sail from the Black Sea port of Constanta to join the NATO naval blockade of Libya, the Mediafax news agency said Tuesday.
The Regele Ferdinand, with 250 crew members and two officers, will leave Constanta on Friday. It is to patrol the Mediterranean Sea off Libya's coast and help intercept ships suspected of smuggling weapons for Moamer Gaddafi's regime.
Romania, a former Communist nation, joined NATO in 2004. The deployment of the Regele Ferdinand will cost 4.5 million euros (6.3 million dollars).
[Source: Monsters and Critics, Bucharest, 19Apr11]
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