VLADIVOSTOK, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Russia' s Pacific Fleet warships sailed out of their base in Vladivostok Friday to join international anti-piracy mission.
The squadron comprises of the Marshal Shaposhnikov large anti-sub vessel, the oil tanker Irkut and the Alatau tugboat.
The ships will ensure international navigation security off the Horn of Africa for the next three months. While en route to the Gulf of Aden, the Russian warships will call at the Indian and African ports, specifically Mumbai and Djibouti.
They will also make stopovers in Thailand, South Korea and the Seychelles on their way back. This is the eighth Russian squadron to patrol the water area off the Horn of Africa coast to protect ships from Somali pirates.
Russian naval ships have already effectively escorted more than 130 merchantmen from different countries.