Turkey to send frigate to Gulf of Aden against Somali pirates
Turkey is set to send a frigate to the Gulf of Aden in order to protect commercial vessels against piracy, Turkish military.
"Preparations have been completed as regards the deployment of a frigate in the Gulf of Aden as part of the international naval force to prevent piracy," Brig. Gen. Metin Gurak told a weekly press briefing.
TCG Giresun has been commissioned with the task along with its two helicopters, an underwater assault team and an underwater task team, Gurak said.
Turkish parliament approved on Tuesday a motion authorizing the government to send naval forces to the region.
In 2008, pirates attacked 111 ships in the waterway, hijacking 42 of them and receiving tens of millions of dollars in ransom.
Three of these vessels were Turkish cargo ships.
The United Nations passed a resolution last December for the establishment of international liaison group to coordinate efforts to combat piracy off Somalia's coast.
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Turks should not just make a visit or make a mistaken engagement with some other frigate like other battle ships have done before. As there is not much interest of the United States in the matter so that is also not rushing to the spot.
Turks must prove their ability and make a reasonable blow to the real offenders. It has been a long time than that of Piyala Pasha that Turks have shown not a remarkable progress in sea. The world would see that.