MOSCOW, October 22 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian Pacific Fleet task force that has been on anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden is to pay an official visit to the port of Klang in Malaysia, a spokesman for the Russian Navy said.
The task force — comprising the Admiral Tributs destroyer with two helicopters, a salvage tug, a tanker, and a naval infantry unit — has been escorting commercial ships, conducting aerial reconnaissance, and searching for suspected pirate vessels.
He said that a number of meetings were planned during the visit, including with commanders of the Malaysian Navy and the Russian Embassy staff.
Russia joined international anti-piracy efforts off Somali coast in October 2008.
Three Russian warships have so far participated in the mission — the Baltic Fleet’s Neustrashimy (Fearless) frigate, and the Pacific Fleet’s Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Panteleyev destroyers.
The Pacific Fleet’s warships have escorted over 100 Russian and foreign commercial ships and prevented several pirate attacks since January 2009.
By : Rianovosti