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MURMANSK, May 14 (Itar-Tass) — The big antisubmarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov of the Russian Northern Fleet began on Monday an operation to convoy ships in the Gulf of Aden, Northern Fleet spokesman, Captain 1st Class Vadim Serga, told Tass.
According to Serga, within the framework of the anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden the antisubmarine ship began convoying the first group of ships formed in a designated point of the southern part of the Red Sea. It includes four merchant ships flying the flags of the Marshall Islands, Panama and Turkey.
“The crew of the ship is to convoy foreign ships across the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden to the western part of the Arabian Sea,” Serga specified. This operation is to end on May 18. Then, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov will accompany another convoy of ships in the opposite direction.
The ship left the main base of the Russian Northern Fleet, Severomorsk, on April 6. It has already covered around 6,000 nautical miles. In April, it called at the Greek port of Suda.
In Greece, Russian sailors visited the multi-national centre of training for special sea operations, where they exchanged anti-piracy operation experience with foreign colleagues and had practical training, Serga said.
On April 29, in the Russian naval group formed in the Mediterranean Sea, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov came through the Suez Canal to the Red Sea.
In the past, several Russian Northern Fleet ships convoyed caravans through this area of the World Ocean. They include the heavy atomic missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) and three antisubmarine warfare ship: the Severomorsk, the Admiral Chabanenko and the Admiral Levchenko. Northern Fleet seamen have convoyed more than 30 international sea caravans. That’s over a hundred Russian and foreign vessels.