Ternopil corvette joins NATO Operation Active Endeavour in Mediterranean

The Ukrainian Navy's Ternopil anti-submarine corvette with the observation team on board went on patrol from the naval base in Turkey Akzas - Karagaac to particular areas of the Mediterranean Sea to perform tasks as part of the antiterrorist NATO Operation Active Endeavour.

"While on patrol in a specific area of the Mediterranean Sea, the crew of the Ukrainian ship is taking practical steps on monitoring civilian shipping, collecting and recording information on suspicious vessels, their maintenance and inspection, civil navigation mine countermeasures support," a report said.

The press center also informed that the Ternopil corvette as part of the Operation Active Endeavour has recently came under the operational command of NATO and visited the Forward Logistics Site Souda Bay (Crete, Greece).

The naval mariners have been staying in the Mediterranean Sea for 20 days out of 40 planned.

Launched in Oct 2001, Operation Active Endeavour (OAE), is a mission to conduct maritime operations in the Mediterranean Sea intended to deter, defend, disrupt and protect against terrorist activity. OAE not only demonstrates NATO's resolve but is a vivid example of the added value that NATO can bring to the complex, global fight against terrorism.

Ternopil corvette. October 8, 2013.

Adapted from Ukrinform



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