Baltic Fleet ships off to protect ships from pirates in the Gulf of Aden

KALININGRAD, March 17 — RIA Novosti. Group of warships of the Baltic Fleet came on Sunday from the Baltic Sea and headed for the west coast of the African continent, where he will secure civilian shipping, told RIA Novosti Head of Information Providing the press service of the Western Military District, Vladimir Matveev.

"In the squad is guard ship" Fearless "and the tugboat" Eugene Choirs "and tanker" Elnya "- said Matveyev.

The ships will make the transition across the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal into the waters of the Gulf of Aden, where the crew of the "Fearless" will perform the tasks of ensuring the safety of the civilian shipping. During the campaign, which will last several months, the ship will make a series of visits and business visits to foreign ports.

To guard vessel BF this hike in the area of the Horn of Africa will be the third.

The first anti-piracy campaign in the Gulf of Aden, "Fearless" made in late 2008 — early 2009. For the first time in the modern history of the Russian Navy crew performed a combat mission, which has been linked to ensuring the safety of navigation of Russian and foreign ships in the Gulf.

The second campaign of the crew made in 2010. The ship was completed more than 22 thousand nautical miles, done three business in foreign ports of call, held seven of the 28 convoys of civilian courts.

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