Last Saturday, a skiff with seven-suspected pirates in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) was boarded by NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD warship UPS HETMAN SAGAIDACHNY of Ukraine.
As the warship approached the skiff containing 16 barrels of fuel and suspected pirate engines, the suspected pirates were spotted throwing weapons overboard, including AK_47 assault rifles. SAGAIDACHNY proceeded in confiscating their supplies, and released the individuals unarmed to prevent threatening merchant ships in the IRTC.
It was reported that several attacks have been attempted in the past weeks in the area. With the presence of three counter-piracy task forces and several Naval vessels in the Somali Basin and Gulf of Aden, the region has been free of successful piracy attacks for the past 18 months.
“We are very happy with the performance of Ukraine’s frigate since she joined NATO’s counter-piracy task force last month,” said Task Force 508 Commander Commodore Henning Amundsen. “This latest achievement highlights both the professionalism of Ukraine’s Naval forces and the valuable contribution that they bring to NATO’s counter-piracy operations.”
This clear carrying-out of anti-piracy measures in addition to effective maritime training has kept attacks at bay.