The UK’s RFA Mounts Bay assists with removal of chemical weapons material from Libya

1 September 2016 (Last Updated September 1st, 2016 18:30)

The UK Royal Navy’s Bay-class auxiliary landing ship dock, RFA Mounts Bay, has assisted a Danish-led maritime operation to remove the last chemical resources stored in Libya.

The UK Royal Navy’s Bay-class auxiliary landing ship dock, RFA Mounts Bay, has assisted a Danish-led maritime operation to remove the last chemical resources stored in Libya.

RFA Mounts Bay escorted a Danish transport ship carrying the chemicals through the Mediterranean.

In 2014, Libya’s chemical weapons were destroyed, however an amount of the chemical resources remained in the country.

"RFA Mounts Bay will help ensure chemical weapons precursors do not fall into the hands of extremist groups, including Daesh."

Earlier this year, the Libyan Government of National Accord asked for help from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the removal of the chemicals and destroying them.

The UK responded to the request by supporting the OPCW, along with other nations, for the safe removal of the chemicals, as well as keeping it out of the reach of militant organisations such as ISIS.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "RFA Mounts Bay will help ensure chemical weapons precursors do not fall into the hands of extremist groups, including Daesh.

“This contribution underlines our support to the Libyan Government of National Accord."

The UK has also negotiated with New York and The Hague to support a UK drafted UN Security Council Resolution to aid the Libyan Government’s operation of the removal of chemicals, and has donated around £500,000 to support their destruction.

The UK is also closely collaborating with international partners, namely the US, Germany and the OPCW, to deal with the chemicals from Libya.


Image: RFA Mounts Bay supported chemical removal from Libya. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.