Russian ships to rejoin anti-piracy force

Nov. 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM

MOSCOW, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A Russian task force led by a destroyer was deployed to the Gulf of Aden on a mission to deter activities by Somali pirates, officials say.

The destroyer, the Marshal Shaposhnikov, freed a Russian tanker taken over by pirates in its first-anti-piracy mission in 2010, RIA Novosti reported Saturday.

The task force, which includes a tanker and rescue tug boats, is part of Russia's Pacific Fleet, said Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov.

The Marshal Shaposhnikov carries two Ka-27 naval helicopters and a unit of naval infantry, Martov said.

En route, the task force will make an official visit to the Indian port of Mumbai and participate in joint drills with the Indian navy, the spokesman added.

Russia joined the international anti-piracy mission in 2008.

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