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Russia: Navy Contributes Much to Anti-Piracy Mission

first_img Russia: Navy Contributes Much to Anti-Piracy Mission View post tag: Mission Russian warships deployed in regions of pirate attacks near the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden have significantly contributed to reducing number of captured merchant vessels, and proved effectiveness of measures taken by Russian defense ministry and Russian Navy command to secure commercial shipping.International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reports that in 2011 pirates managed to capture almost half as many vessels as in 2010 (28 and 49 respectively). Such reduction is a result of preventive actions of warships, more effective maneuvering, and presence of security guards on board which has been a sort of deterrent, explained Pottengal Mukudan, the head of IMB.In 2011, Russian warships maintaining security of commercial shipping in the Gulf of Aden and near the Horn of Africa have escorted over 30 convoys with 168 vessels of different classes flying flags of 27 countries. Sixty two ships had Russian sailors on board. Russian Navy’s anti-piracy units have provided security for 448 Russian citizens. Russian Navy dispatched following assets for anti-piracy activities in 2011:– Pacific Fleet (PF) task unit consisting of large ASW ship Admiral Vinogradov, tanker Pechenga, and rescue tug SB–522; – Russian Navy task unit consisting of large ASW ship Severomorsk (Northern Fleet), tanker Yelnya (Baltic Fleet), and seagoing tug MB-304 (Black Sea Fleet); – Pacific Fleet (PF) task unit consisting of large ASW ship Admiral Panteleyev, tanker Boris Butoma, and rescue tug Fotiy Krylov.At present, another PF anti-piracy task unit consisting of large ASW ship Admiral Tributs, tanker Pechenga, and seagoing tug MB-37 is on patrol in the Gulf of Aden.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 24, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Navy Contributes Much to Anti-Piracy Mission View post tag: Russia View post tag: News by topic Share this article January 24, 2012center_img Training & Education View post tag: Contributes View post tag: Navy View post tag: much View post tag: Anti-Piracy View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Madagascar awaits ruling on president’s fate

first_imgMadagascar is awaiting a ruling from the Constitutional Court on whether its president can be sacked.Parliamentarians there have voted overwhelmingly to impeach Hery RAJO-NARI-MAM-PIAN.  But the president says the MPs are risking the stability of the island.Lawmakers voted this week to impeach the country’s president for what they say are his repeated violations of the constitution.The coup left the country isolated in the international community and deprived of foreign aid.Ahead of the parliamentary vote, the US embassy in Antananarivo urged the MPs to put the stability of the country first.The parliamentarians say they secured a two-thirds majority required for an impeachment motion, which now goes to the constitutional court for review.However, President Hery Rajaonarimampianina says they fell short of the majority and that the lawmakers are bitter about not being granted certain perks such as new vehicles.Relations between parliament and the president have been strained for months.Madagascar suffered five years of political turmoil beginning in 2009 when Andry Rajoelina ousted Marc Ravalomanana from power. President Hery Rajonarimampianlast_img read more