Turkish army prepares to send frigate to Aden Gulf

The Turkish general said that Turkey and Israel were "still cooperating within the framework of their bilateral agreements."

Turkish army prepares to send frigate to Aden Gulf

The Turkish General Staff said on Friday that preparations were under way to send a frigate to the Gulf of Aden.

Turkey's General Staff said that it was getting prepared to send a frigate to the international naval force planned to be set up in the Gulf of Aden.

"Our preparations are underway to designate a Turkish frigate with this mission," Gen. Metin Gurak, the head of the communication department of the General Staff, told the weekly press briefing in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Gurak said that the government had presented a related motion to the parliament, and the Naval Forces Command had been getting prepared to send TCG Giresun ship to the region within February.

The Turkish general said that Turkey and Israel were "still cooperating within the framework of their bilateral agreements."

A Turkish ship "Neslihan" was hijacked on October 29, 2008 and another one named "Karagol" was hijacked on November 12, 2008.

There were 20 Turkish crew members on the ship "Neslihan", and 14 on the ship "Karagol".

Both Turkish ships were freed in January 2009.

Also, there was another cargo ship "M/V Bosphorus Prodigy" that was hijacked on December 16, 2008. It was freed by Somali pirates on February 3, 2009 with its three Turk and 8 Ukrainian crew members.

Somali pirates have hijacked 40 ships this year, and are holding 14 ships and 250 crew members.


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