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Russian and Indian frigates on the attack in the Gulf of Aden

(B2)The russian warship Neoustrachimy began escorting a Danish merchant ship with its Russian crew off the coast of Somalia on Tuesday, according to Russian naval forces spokesperson Igor Dygalo who spoke to our colleagues at Ria Novosti. “Denmark requested through diplomatic channels that the ship CEC Order is protected by a Russian vessel. This ship is owned by a Danish company and flies the flag of the Bahamas. (But) its crew includes 15 Russian sailors,” explained the soldier.

Tuesday again is indian warship – the INS Tabar – which was called to the resource by a merchant ship, flying the flag of New Delhi. attempted to hijack an Indian boat, subsequently escorted to port, the armed forces announced in New Delhi. The 38.265 ton “Jag Arnav”, owned by the Indian shipowner Great Eastern Shipping, had crossed the Suez Canal a few days earlier and was 60 nautical miles from Aden (Yemen) when it was attacked by pirates not identified. The warship was then 15 miles from the attack. But he was able to quickly dispatch a helicopter with marine commandos on board, which was enough to disperse the attackers, according to the Indian press. The merchant ship was then accompanied safely to port. The Indian Navy has been patrolling the Gulf of Aden since October 23. During his recent visit to the Gulf, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed a maritime security framework agreement with Qatar. An identical agreement must be signed with Oman.

Le Courbet of the French navy continues its escorts in the channel traced by the American-led coalition of the fight against terrorism, TF 150, whose ships regularly patrol the area (see map below)

(map: Dicod – French army)


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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