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17 August 2010 :: 11:08:42 am 35494

Royal Thai Navy to Assist in Somali Anti-Piracy Patrols

The Thai Cabinet on Monday announced its approval of a bid to send a near 400 strong naval unit to help combat piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Aden.
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Bangkok, the 16th of August 2010: Joining the international naval force in the region will be a unit consisting of 371 Thai navy personnel for a period of 98-days.

The Thai cabinet resolution came after a proposal was filtered through the appropriate channels from the Royal Thai Navy. The mission is due to begin in early September and has been set a budget of some Bt270 million.

Combined task forces have been operating to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia, since August 2008. At present over 20 nations have committed their support to the joint operations in the region, becoming the largest multinational naval taskforce ever formulated.

The Gulf of Aden is located in the Arabian Sea between Somalia and Yemen. The gulf connects directly with the Red Sea before meeting the Suez Canal. The area is considered one of the busiest shipping routes in the world, with some 21,000 ships passing through the region annually.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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