UK to continue Med migrant rescues

HMS Bulwark due to end task in July.

UK to continue Med migrant rescues despite planned HMS Bulwark exit

The Royal Navy flagship, which has saved more than 2,900 migrants, is due to depart in July but MoD said it does not signal withdrawal from EU operation

Britain’s role in helping to rescue thousands of migrants trying to enter Europe across the Mediterranean will not end with the scheduled withdrawal of the Royal Navy’s flagship, HMS Bulwark, from the operation, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The department confirmed the warship, which carries two helicopters and has saved more than 2,900 lives since its temporary deployment on 4 May, is due to leave at the beginning of July after an agreement that it should only be involved for 60 days.

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