HMS Enterprise was deployed in June last year to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy, it is now understood she has rescued over 7,000 migrants.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said while in Cyprus:

“In a single year, HMS Enterprise has rescued over 7,000 migrants.

I have awarded the entire ship’s crew the Firmin Sword of Peace, given to the unit that has carried out exceptional service beyond the call of duty.”

Before arriving in Cyprus Mr Fallon visited Malta where he held bilateral talks with his counterpart Minister Carmelo Abela, to deepen defence relations.

The UK and Malta have strong historical ties, a recent example being the UK providing security for last year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

While in Malta Mr Fallon visited the crew of HMS Enterprise in the port of Valletta where it was being replenished.

HMS Enterprise has been deployed in the Mediterranean since June 2015 where it has been providing a vital contribution to Operation Sophia, the EU mission saving thousands of lives in the Mediterranean and breaking the business models of the people smugglers.

Recognising this significant contribution, the Defence Secretary announced that HMS Enterprise’s crew has been selected as the Royal Navy’s recipient of the Firmin Sword of Peace. The Sword of Peace is an award given to units of the UK Armed Forces who have gone above and beyond their normal role.


  1. “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

  2. 7000 is a lot of people. There’s a fair chance that among those there is at least one ISIS member that will kill…. … Is the Royal Navy facilitating terrorism now ? No brains there?

  3. I’m appalled by some of these comments. These people are human beings and I’m happy that our RN helps to save lives. What I really don’t understand though is why rescued wannabe-migrants aren’t returned to point of departure. That would avoid so many problems (camps in Europe, terrorists creeping in, ability to more carefully vet genuine refugees when they’re not already on European soil, and last and definitely not least – break the business model of the people traffickers).

    Why is this not done? Is it because we (Europe) can’t accurately prove exactly where a boat intercepted in the middle of the Med actually departed from so can’t legally go and dump them back in what then becomes an arbitrary country? If that’s the problem then surely some sort of technology could allow a boat intercepted at a known time and location to be tracked back to source by using computer analysis on saved records of the last 48 hours of satellite and/or drone imagery? Sounds like a nice project/contract for some company somewhere.

  4. well done i hope her crew never has to lay eyes on these negative comments, leaving someone to drown is something we should never allow if we’re supposedly the better men in all this


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