The crew of the large anti-submarine ship Vice Admiral Kulakov prevented the hijacking of a civilian vessel by pirates. The incident took place in the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.
On October 26, the Russian Defense Ministry published a video of the landing of the Russian anti-terror group on a vessel. Having received a distress signal from the container ship Lucia, Russian marine unit on board of a Ka-27PS helicopter was immediately lifted from the Russian ship and headed to the area of the incident.
The vessel Lucia the Panama under the flag of Panama was heading from the Republic of Togo to the Republic of Cameroon. It reported that an unidentified group of armed men on a high-speed boat attempted to seize the vessel. The crew of Lucia gave a distress signal and took refuge in the engine room.
The Russian Defence Ministry reported that at the moment when a military helicopter approached, the pirates left the ship, and headed towards the shore at full speed.
A detachment of ships and vessels of the Russian Northern Fleet consisting of the large anti-submarine ship Vice Admiral Kulakov, the medium sea tanker Akademik Pashin and the rescue tugboat Altai have been operating in the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean for three weeks. Russian sailors ensure the safety of civil navigation by monitoring the surface situation with the help of carrier-based aircraft.
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