12 Feb 2017 Leave a comment
On 8th February 2017, The Grand National Assembly of Turkey, extended the presence of Turkish Navy in Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, and adjacent seas.
The first bill allowing Turkish government to deploy Turkish Naval Forces for anti piracy operations was accepted in 10 February 2009. It was extended in one year periods ever since.
Turkish warship are 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.
Apart from the two task force deployments in 2011 and 2014, since 2009 following Turkish frigates took part in anti-piracy operations in the region:
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