Russian task force ends anti-piracy mission off Somalia

16:18, May 24, 2011      

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A task force of the Russian Pacific Fleet has returned home after completing an anti-piracy mission off Somalia, local media reported Tuesday.

The task force returned on Saturday and a welcome ceremony was held on the day, which coincided with the 280th anniversary of Russia's Pacific fleet.

During its four-month mission, the task force led by the Admiral Vonogradov destroyer and accompanied by the Pechenga tanker and a salvage tug, escorted a total of 74 commercial vessels with Russian and foreign citizens onboard through pirate-infested waters in the Gulf of Aden.

The Russian Navy began participating in the anti-piracy missions off the coasts of Somalia in 2008.

Somali authorities then gave the go-ahead for the deployment of a host of Russian naval bases on Somali soil.

The next detachment of Russia's Pacific Fleet is due to start patrolling shipping routes off Somali later this year.

Source: Xinhua
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