Dutch submarine boosts anti-piracy mission off Somalia coast

A Dutch submarine will be the first to take part in patrols off the coast of Somalia as part of NATO`s counter piracy mission in the area, the ministry of defence said on Tuesday.

Updated: Jun 22, 2010, 23:12 PM IST

The Hague: A Dutch submarine will be the
first to take part in patrols off the coast of Somalia as part
of NATO`s counter piracy mission in the area, the ministry of
defence said on Tuesday.

"The Netherlands will deploy a submarine from the end of
September to the end of November," said the ministry in a
statement.
"It`s specific capacities (to see without being seen)
represent great added security in the vast operations zone,"
it said.

The Netherlands, which has four submarines, was the first
NATO member to respond to the alliance`s request for a
submarine to be made available," added ministry spokesman
Robin Middel.

Since 2008, an international flotilla of warships has
been patrolling the Gulf of Aden, one of the globe`s busiest
maritime trade routes, to stop Somali pirates from hijacking
commercial vessels.
NATO in March extended until the end of 2012 its Ocean
Shield anti-piracy mission off the coast of East Africa. The
mission was launched in mid-2009.

Ocean Shield is run out of Lisbon, with tactical
decisions taken at Northwood, England, which is also home to
the European Union`s Navfor anti-piracy mission in the same
region.

PTI