The Russian Navy Main Staff is completing the drafting of a plan for regular presence of Russian naval ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa areas in 2013.
"It is planned that Russian Navy ships will carry out at least three cruises in 2013 with a mission of preventing pirate attacks in the areas of the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa. The ships will be sent to these areas from all fleets by turns," a spokesperson for the Russian Navy told Interfax-AVN.
"The escorting of civilian ships through dangerous areas from the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Sea and back between the western and eastern points where civilian ships gather to form convoys will remain the main activity," he said.
The record of using Russian naval ships in the Gulf of Aden has shown that "the most efficient method to combat piracy is the use of ships designed to operate in long-distance and oceanic zones and armed with deck-based helicopters," he said.
The Russian Navy has been escorting Russian ships in the area of the Gulf of Aden and the Somali coast along a security corridor since October 2008, the spokesperson said. Russian naval ships conduct four or five cruises to the area annually. "Over 700 escorting missions for all ships without exceptions have been carried out in this period without any loss," he said.
Russian warships "will continue their regular presence in the areas of the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa," he said.
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