A Turkish frigate embarked on an assignment on Tuesday to protect commercial vessels against piracy in the Gulf of Aden, one week after Turkish parliament approved the deployment of Turkish naval forces as part of an international joint task force.
TCG Giresun, a guided-missile frigate, set sail from a naval base in the southwestern town of Marmaris along with two helicopters, an underwater assault team and an underwater task team.
The Turkish frigate is expected to arrive in its destination within 4-5 days. It will officially begin its task as of February 25.
Turkish forces to be deployed in the Gulf of Aden will not participate at a ground operation against pirates on Somali soil.
In 2008, pirates attacked 111 ships in the waterway, hijacking 42 of them and receiving tens of millions of dollars in ransoms.
Three of these vessels were Turkish cargo ships.
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