Large anti-submarine ship (BOD) “Vice Admiral Kulakov” of the Northern Fleet (SF) completed anti-piracy watch in the area of the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, a representative of the Federation Council, captain of the second rank Andrei Luzik, told Interfax on Tuesday.
“This morning the ship entered the Suez Canal and started moving towards the Mediterranean Sea,” he said. The representative of the Federation Council recalled that the BCP “Vice Admiral Kulakov” operated in the southern part of the Red Sea and in the Gulf of Aden from the end of August. The main task of the ship was to ensure the regular naval presence of the Russian Navy in the region and the safety of civilian navigation.
Russian sailors escorted several foreign ships flying the flags of Barbados, China and India through the dangerous areas of the southern part of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, and provided monitoring of the water area. During the execution of the assigned tasks in this region, signals about piracy attacks on civilian vessels have not been recorded.
In September, the Russian ship made a business call to replenish water and fuel supplies to the port of Salalah (Oman). Also, the North Sea crews carried out several refuellings from the Kama tanker on the move and during the parking.
BCP “Vice Admiral Kulakov” left the main base of the Northern Fleet of Severomorsk on June 29. On July 30, the ship took part in the Main Naval Parade on the Kronstadt roadstead, then made the transition to the Navy ships detachment along the Baltic Sea.
On August 12 the ship entered the Mediterranean Sea, and on August 25 – into the Red Sea through the Suez Canal. During the long voyage the Russian ship passed more than 15,000 nautical miles.