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Turkey to extend anti-piracy naval mission in Gulf of Aden for additional year

February 8, 2017 at 12:44 am

Special operation unit of the Turkish Navy, Under Water Offence (SAT) commandos lands on TCG Gaziantep during ‘Blue Homeland 2019’ naval drill in Antalya, [Mustafa Çiftçi – Anadolu Agency]

Turkey’s government on Tuesday submitted a note to the Turkish Parliament, calling for extending the mission of its naval forces in the Gulf of Aden, Somalian territorial waters and the Arabian Sea, for one more year starting 10 February 2017.

According to Anadolu Agency, the note stipulates that the deployment of the Turkish naval forces in the Gulf of Aden, and the surrounding waters, aims at maintaining security for the Turkish trading ships that pass through the gulf, as well as contributing in the international community’s fight against piracy.

Since 2009, Turkey has deployed a frigate in the area in an attempt to contribute to international cooperation in the fight against piracy; in addition, it has also contributed financially to a trust fund established by “the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS)”.