Russia began escorting a Danish-operated cargo ship with Russian crew members off the coast of Somalia on Tuesday following pirate attacks that claimed another ship operated by the same company last week, officials from both countries said.
It is the first such protection mission by a Russian naval vessel in the pirate-infested waters off East Africa since Moscow dispatched the frigate, Neustrashimy (or Intrepid).
Russian Navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo said in a statement that the Neustrashimy was escorting the CEC Commander, whose crew includes 15 Russians, after an official request from the Danish operator Clipper Project.
In Copenhagen, Clipper executive Per Gullestrup told The Associated Press that the company had contacted Russian authorities "because the crew is chiefly Russian and in light of the fact we had another vessel hijacked."
The ship is carrying construction equipment and other cargo, he said.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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