MOSCOW, June 20 (Itar-Tass) — The big antisubmarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov of the Russian Northern Fleet began on Wednesday a next operation to convoy ships in the Gulf of Aden, Northern Fleet spokesman, Captain 2nd Rank Yevgeny Kirillov, told Tass.
It is planned that on June 23, the big antisubmarine ship will begin convoying the fourth caravan of ships formed in the Red Sea across the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden to the designated point in the eastern part of the Red Sea, Kirillov said. “The route is over 1,000 nautical miles long,” he noted.
The caravan was formed in the designated point of the western part of the Arabian Sea. The group of ships includes two oil tankers flying the flag of Liberia with Russian crews on board, as well as a merchant ship flying the flag of Singapore, he added.
The Vice-Admiral Kulakov left the main base of the Russian Northern Fleet, Severomorsk, on April 6. It has already covered over 12,000 nautical miles.
Within the framework of the anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden the antisubmarine ship has already convoyed eight ships flying the flags of the Marshall Islands, Malta, Panama and Turkey.
At the end of April, the Russian warship called at the Greek port of Suda.
In Greece, Russian sailors had a unique opportunity to visit the multi-national centre of training for special sea operations, where they exchanged anti-piracy operation experience with foreign colleagues and had practical training.
The Russian Navy is an active member of the international anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa. Russia is adherent to coordinated efforts on land and at the sea taken within a comprehensive strategy as the only way to solve the problem of piracy offshore Somalia.