>TCG Giresun to fight pirates off Somalia (Part-1)
8 Feb 2009 2 Comments
On 5th February 2009 Turkish government submitted a motion to Turkish Parliament about sending a warship to Gulf of Aden and adjacent waters, in order to, participate the multinational efforts of anti-piracy.
If the parliament ratifies the motion the government will have the power to send warships to Gulf of Aden for one year. I do not expect any surprises and I think it is almost certain that this motion will be accepted.
Turkey has received permission from the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG), to enter Somalia’s territorial waters and use force on 13 January 2009, in accordance with the UN resolution 1846.
“The threat to our commercial vessels has reached a dimension where it negatively affects our country’s trade and economic interests,” the motion said.
Turkish warship will be tasked with:
- Performing reconnaissance and patrol duties,
- Calling on ships suspected of piracy/ armed robbery, on the radio, boarding them if their flag country approves and interfering in accordance with the international law if the ship is not showing any flag,
- Escorting and protecting merchant ships,
- Helping merchant ships under attack of pirates/sea robbers,
- Intervening, stopping, neutralizing, and confiscating any vessels used by pirates/sea robbers, and using appropriate force if necessary,
- Arresting and detaining pirates/sea robbers and armed persons in these vessels,
- Accepting the representatives of the countries that will prosecute pirates/ armed robbers on board, for the preparations of judicial proceedings, according to the UN resolution 1851.
- Arresting and detaining, pirates/armed robbers on board until they are being handed over to the countries that will prosecute them,
- Turning in, the suspects of pirates/sea robbers with the exception of the case that these are Turkish citizens, to the authorities the nation where the pirates/sea robbers will be prosecuted,
- Executing all kinds of policing duties including interrogation, collecting evidence
The first ship to be sent will be F-491 TCG Giresun. She is a Gabya / Perry class frigate. On board will be of course a detachment of naval special forces and a detachment of naval air service. TCG Giresun is one of the GENESIS fitted ships of this class.
The spokesman for Turkish General Staff Gen. Gürak said on the weekly press conference the preparations were continuing to send the ship in February.
This means that the motion the government submitted to the parliament will come the agenda pretty soon.
According to Turkish Foregin minister Babacan, TCG Giresun will be part of the UN-led anti-piracy force. This means either Turkey will join US led CTF-151 as reported previously or she will work closely with the international task forces and their command centers.