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No news about the Italian petrol tanker attacked by pirates

Rome, Italy - Italian Minister La Russa would have required military to observe rules of secrecy


(WAPA) - It's from three days, probably at the request of Italian Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa, that Italian Coast Guard and Navy have not been providing updates on the conditions of the Italian "Savina Caylyn" petrol tanker, attacked by five pirates in the Indian Ocean on 8 February (see AVIONEWS) .

According to the latest news released on the morning of 11 February, after days' sail, the frigate "Zeffiro"-involved in the anti-piracy mission on behalf of the European Union- and the patrol vessel "Fulgosi" would have almost reached the Italian ship .

Now, as reported yesterday by "Il Sole 24 Ore", the two warships would keep under control the patrol tanker through electronic instruments and would be ready to take advantage from any favorable condition for a possible military attack by means of equipment and men they're provided with: two helicopters, a group of infantry expert in "Boarding" merchant ships, and probably special forces from "Incursive" operational group.

However following the arrival, on Monday, February 14, of the oil tanker in Somali waters near Harardheere, north of Mogadishu, where the pirates have their "Base", and several ships anchored, it would be particularly difficult to carry out a military action to free the ship and its crew, consisting of five Italians (one from Gaeta, one from Trieste and three from Campania) and 17 from India.

However, as reported by sources of Defence on the basis of the last radio contact with the ship, dating back to February 11, the crew would be well.

More help for a precise localization of the ship is provided by COSMO-SkyMed, the first dual, civil and military, radar satellite system for earth observation, whose development is promoted by the Italian Space Agency and the Ministry of Defence, which since 9 February has been monitoring the movements of the patrol tanker.

See also AVIONEWS. (Avionews)

(World Aeronautical Press Agency - )
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