On November 10, the Ukrainian Navy Hetman Sahaidachnyi (U130) frigate within the Multinational Ship Component under the Ocean Shield operation proceeded to the third patrolling phase in the Gulf of Aden.
During the second patrolling phase, from October 29 through November 7, the personnel of the national contingent ensured the navigation security in the defined areas of the Gulf of Aden and completed intensive training of the ship crew and special team, as well as monitored the maritime transport.
According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MOD), the ship’s crew members are pleased with combat flagman service and they stress that this job is heavy but very honorable as they accomplish the state mission.
In the Djibouti port, the crew executed the ship logistics support. Hetman Sahaidachnyi will participate in counter-piracy operation until January 2014.
Press Release, November 11, 2013; Image: Ukrainian MoD