Russia‚Äôs¬†Neustrashimy¬†patrol ship of the Baltic Navy has arrived at its destination in the Gulf of Aden, from which it will escort a Red Sea-bound caravan of merchant vessels along a security corridor to the western part of the Gulf of Aden as part of an international anti-piracy mission, Interfax reports with reference to the Russian Navy‚Äôs press service.
The¬†Neustrashimy¬†has a special marine force trained in anti-piracy operations. Part of its marines will be deployed aboard merchant ships during the passage to ensure rapid response to any pirate attack. Its ship-borne Ka-27 rescue helicopter will perform surveillance flights over the area.
For the Neustrashimy, it‚Äôs already the third patrol mission in the Gulf of Aden
The large anti-submarine ship¬†Severomorsk¬†called at the Maltese port of La Valetta on Tuesday while sailing back to its homeport after an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden.
Russian students from the local boarding school gave a concert in honor of the sailors aboard the ship.
The ship is also open for local residents.
After setting sail on December 18th 2012, the¬†Severomorsk¬†covered more than 22,000 sea miles taking part in naval games in the Mediterranean along with other ships of the Russian Navy.
On Sunday, the Russian Pacific Fleet‚Äôs task force returned from the Gulf of Aden, where it was on an anti-piracy mission between December 2012 and March 2013.
Earlier today, the task force, including large anti-submarine ship¬†Marshal Shaposhnikov, tanker¬†Irkut¬†and salvage tugboat¬†Alatau, arrived in the Russian Far Eastern port of Vladiviostok.
Russian warships have been taking part in international anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden since 2007.
Voice of Russia, IF,¬†TASS, RIA