The Commander of NATO’s counter-piracy task force, Commodore Christian Rune, Royal Danish Navy, met with the Commander of the Indian counter-piracy task group, Captain S. Srikant, Commanding Officer of INS DELHI yesterday.
|Commodore Christian Rune, Royal Danish Navy, met with the Commander of the Indian counter-piracy task group, Captain S. Srikant, Commanding Officer of INS DELHI yesterday.|
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Onboard NATO’s flagship, HDMS ESBERN SNARE, in Salalah, Oman, they discussed developments in counter-piracy tactics and improvements in communications and information sharing between the forces.
Commodore Rune said “Indian naval forces’ contribution to the counter-piracy operation in the Horn of Africa region is pivotal to the effort to provide safe passage for international merchant shipping through this very busy maritime corridor. The escorts of merchant ship convoys provided by the Indian Task Force compliments the counter-piracy efforts of the other international organizations, including NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield, in this effort to stop pirates.” Rune added that “The co-operation of all the forces provide the synergy that we need to prevail. We need to ensure that our efforts are employed efficiently. The only solution to repel the scourge of piracy at sea is co-operation between our Naval forces.”
The Indian Navy has deployed a task group to the Gulf of Aden, currently consisting of INS DELHI, who conducts escorts of convoys for international merchant vessels transiting through the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC).
While conducting the escorts, Indian Navy assets co-operate and share information with the international organizations conducting counter-piracy in the Horn of Africa region including task forces from NATO (Operation Ocean Shield), the European Union (Operation Atalanta), Coalition Maritime Forces, and other nations providing unilateral support to the effort.
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