Third RF Pacific Fleet Naval Unit on its Way to Vladivostok from the Gulf of Aden
This was the longest counter-piracy mission ever undertaken by the Russian Navy.
VLADIVOSTOK. November 13. VOSTOK-MEDIA – The third naval unit of the RF Pacific Fleet comprising the Admiral Tributs destroyer, the Boris Butoma tanker and the MB-99 salvage tug are returning to the home port from the Gulf of Aden where the detachment had been carrying out the counter-piracy operations, the Pacific Fleet press-service told RIA Vostok-Media.
The Pacific Fleet press-service stated this was the longest counter-piracy mission ever undertaken by the Russian Navy. It lasted 141 days.
During the mission the naval unit escorted 13 convoys, which comprised 101 vessels from 26 countries, to the safe waters. In addition, the Pacific Fleet detachment took part in two China-Russia counter-piracy military exercises.
While on duty, the crew of the Russian naval unit paid visits to the Oman city port of Salala, the capital of the Republic of Seychelles – Victoria as well as several cities of Malaysia.
It should be recalled that the third naval unit of the Pacific Fleet embarked on the counter-piracy mission on June 29. In addition to seamen the detachment includes a Marine detachment that will board civilian vessels to ensure onboard security of civil vessels.
The second naval unit of the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet consisting of the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, the rescue tag MB-37 and tankers Irkut and Izhora set sail from Vladivostok to the Gulf of Aden to fight piracy off Somali coast on March 30. The detachment has returned to the Main Pacific Fleet Base on July 1.
The first Pacific Fleet naval formation consisting of the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, rescue tag Fity Krylov and tankers Pechenga and Boris Butoma has completed the counter-piracy mission off Horn of Africa successfully. The detachment returned to the port of Vladivostok on March 20.
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