20 Nov 2017 21:24

Corvette Soobrazitelnyy begins anti-piracy mission in Gulf of Aden - Baltic Fleet HQ

MOSCOW. Nov 20 (Interfax-AVN) - The Baltic Fleet corvette Soobrazitelnyy has been deployed off the Horn of Africa, the fleet said on Monday

"The Soobrazitelnyy corvette has left the port of Djibouti (Republic of Djibouti) and begun mission execution in the Gulf of Aden," the Baltic Fleet said in a statement obtained by Interfax-AVN.

While in Djibouti, Russian sailors stocked up on essentials, and off-duty members of the crew went ashore. Furthermore, during the visit Russian sailors carried out routine checks and procedures on the ship.

"Currently the Russian warship has left port and begun its mission off the Horn of Africa," the statement said.

The area is considered to be one of the riskiest for commercial navigation in terms of piracy attacks.

A group of Baltic Fleet ships - the corvettes Boikiy and Soobrazitelnyy and the Kola sea tanker - left the military harbor of the town of Baltiysk (Kaliningrad region) on October 14 and set sail for remote deployment as part of the regular naval presence in the World Ocean. Boikiy and Kola are currently deployed in the Mediterranean; Soobrazitelnyy, in the Indian Ocean, the statement said.