Forgot password?
submarines shipbuilding Black Sea Fleet exercise Pacific Fleet Russian Navy Northern Fleet strategy cooperation Ukraine visits Russia piracy missiles trials Sevastopol history Sevmash presence contracts drills Baltic Fleet industry incident anti-piracy shipyards Gulf of Aden frigate training Somalia India developments reforms opinion Borei procurements policy Russia - India aircraft carrier Crimea arms exports USA St. Petersburg France tests financing Bulava Yury Dolgoruky US Navy Serdiukov cruise Mediterranean Zvezdochka NATO innovations United Shipbuilding Corporation Indian Navy Medvedev Arctic agreements commission Admiralteyskie Verfi Admiral Gorshkov Vladivostok Mistral accident hijacking corvettes overhaul Admiral Kuznetsov anniversary Russia - France Vysotsky Rosoboronexport ceremony event Yantar Severomorsk negotiations defense order conflict aircraft China deployment naval aviation investigations Black Sea Putin Varyag coast guard Novorossiysk Vikramaditya landing craft crime Far East marines Severnaya Verf meeting scandals memorials traditions Syria statistics Japan escort South Korea Yasen Neustrashimy tenders Marshal Shaposhnikov Admiral Chabanenko convoys Ukrainian Navy problems Severodvinsk Chirkov reinforcement tension firings tragedy technology Baltic Sea search and rescue Almaz Moskva frontier service Caspian Flotilla provocation hostages upgrade court Dmitry Donskoy keel laying rumors Turkey World War II death shipwreck Admiral Panteleyev Atalanta Petr Veliky helicopters Kilo class Kaliningrad Admiral Vinogradov Norway Rubin delivery launching patrols
Our friends russian navy weapons world sailing ships
Tell a friend Print version

Russian Navy to replace warship policing Somali waters after Dec.

05.12.2008 Source: en.rian.ru

A Russian destroyer will be sent to the Horn of Africa in December to take over from a missile frigate currently protecting civilian ships from Somali pirate attacks in the region, a Navy official said on Thursday.

The Northern Fleet's Neustrashimy (Fearless) frigate will continue to escort commercial vessels through the dangerous waters until the end of December, when the Pacific Fleet destroyer Admiral Vinogradov will take over, the high-ranking source told RIA Novosti.

The Admiral Vinogradov will arrive in the area in three weeks. After its service in Somali waters, the Neustrashimy will return to her home port of Severomorsk.

The official said that all technical equipment and weaponry on board the Neustrashimy are functioning properly.

During the current mission in the Gulf of Aden, the Neustrashimy has so far escorted six convoys, comprising a total of 20 ships with tonnage of almost 570,000.

Russian Navy commander Vladimir Vysotsky said on Sunday that warships from all of the Navy's fleets will be involved in measures to fight piracy in the Horn of Africa region.

Captain 1st Rank Oleg Gurinov, on board the Neustrashimy, told RIA Novosti that the ship would remain until the end of December to protect commercial vessels from pirate attacks.

Russia dispatched the Neustrashimy to the region in October, due to a surge in pirate attacks.

According to the UN, Somali pirates have attacked over 120 ships so far this year, resulting in the seizure of 39 vessels and the capture of at least 600 merchant seamen for ransom. There are 280 merchant seamen from 14 different ships currently being held by Somali pirates.

The east African nation has been without a functioning government since 1991 and has no navy to police its coastline.

Back to the list

Back to news list