Russian Task Force Completes Anti-Piracy Mission Off Somalia

8 June 2010 (Last Updated June 8th, 2010 18:30)

The Russian Navy has successfully completed a two-month anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden. During the deployment, the Russian Pacific Fleet's task force, led by the navy's Udaloy Class missile destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov has escorted over 100 commercial vessels from different cou

The Russian Navy has successfully completed a two-month anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden.

During the deployment, the Russian Pacific Fleet's task force, led by the navy's Udaloy Class missile destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov has escorted over 100 commercial vessels from different countries, according to RIA Novosti.

The task force, which also included the MB-37 salvage tug, the Pechenga tanker and a missile destroyer, joined the anti-piracy mission in the region on 29 March.

The task force was the fourth group of warships from the Russian Pacific Fleet engaged in the anti-piracy mission off Somalia.

In October 2008, Russia joined international anti-piracy efforts off the Somali coast, and has been maintaining a consistent presence in the region with warships operating on a rotation basis.

The Russian Navy's Northern and Baltic Fleets have also sent task forces to the area off the Horn of Africa.