Russian ships excellently fought sea piracy in Aden: Commander
A fleet of Russian ships, which set out earlier this year in the Gulf of Aden to fight sea-piracy, has excellently accomplished the task, a commander said today.world Updated: Jun 20, 2009 18:45 IST
A fleet of Russian ships, which set out earlier this year in the Gulf of Aden to fight sea-piracy, has excellently accomplished the task, a commander said today.
"Russian Pacific Fleet that participated since late April in the international mission to fight pirates in the Gulf of Aden has carried out its task excellently," the commander of the group of ships, Captain Ildar Akhmerov said.
From late April to late May, the Russian ships protected all the vessels from any attacks by pirates in the region.
Akhmerov added, that their ships ensured the safety of some 40 vessels from almost 23 countries.
When they first started patrolling the Gulf of Aden, Admiral Panteleyev and his team captured a pirate vessel detained 29 pirates, among which were citizens of Iran, Pakistan and Somalia, Akhmerov said.
The arrested men confessed that they carried piracy activities in the Gulf of Aden and seized foreign vessels five times.
A lot of arms, modern communication and navigation equipments were recovered from the pirates' ship.
The captured pirates were handed over to their respective countries and the vessel was destroyed, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution.