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Operation Against Pirates (continued). Other countries in the zone

Photo credit: Indian Navy


• TheIndia decided to strengthen its resources. It will send four warships to the Gulf of Aden and use the necessary force against the pirates. India informed the permanent representative of Somalia to the UN to this effect. Already, the destroyer INS Mysore (D-60, 6900 tons, 32 knots speed, 350 men, see photo) has been sent to support the frigate INS Tabar (F-44) already present in the area . It became famous for having sunk a “mother ship” of pirates on Tuesday, after an attack, the occupants had threatened it with RPGs.

• The Russia should send a second ship alongside the escort Neoustrachimy (712) already present in the area since the end of October (1). Russian Navy spokesperson Igor Dygalen Effeto denied to our Russian colleagues at Ria Novosti the presence of a large Russian naval group. It is "premature” he added, invoking “the absence of permanent bases (from Russia) in the region“…This fleet would not participate in Operation Atalanta as such but would be closely coordinated with this action, according to information given to the EU Council. The commander of the Baltic Fleet group of ships, Captain Oleg Gurinov, met on Wednesday, November 19, with the commander of the French naval forces in the Indian Ocean, Vice-Admiral Gérard Valin on board the escort Neoustrachimy, to determine the possibilities of this coordination.

• The United States have a permanent maritime base in Bahrain (5th US fleet). They also have a base in Djibouti (Camp Lemonnier where around 1800 soldiers are stationed).

• The Pakistan also participates in operation CTF 150.

China, South Korea and Japan are considering sending boats. South Africa and Ukraine (2) are trying their hand at each other.

• For the South Korea, the commitment must be approved by Parliament, in this session by December 8. The ship is expected to cooperate with the US 5th Fleet in Oman and the French Navy in Djibouti, according to an unofficial source cited by the South Korean agency Yonsap.

• For the Japan, the question is made more complex by the Constitution which prohibits the use of force except in cases of self-defense. Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said, however, that the Maritime Self-Defense Forces should be authorized to use the weapons if the government decides to send units to defend commercial ships. A bill is in the process of being presented which could authorize this action.


(1) Read: Russian and Indian frigates attack in the Gulf of Aden

(2) Read: Ukrainians with Europeans in Operation Atalanta?

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).