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    Russia’s Admiral Levchenko destroyer arrived in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday to resume a UN anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia, a Defense Ministry statement said.

    Russia’s Admiral Levchenko destroyer arrived in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday to resume a UN anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia, a Defense Ministry statement said.

    The previous task force was led by the Udaloy-class guided-missile destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov, which took part in freeing the Russian Moscow University tanker hijacked on May 6 by Somali pirates.

    “The Admiral Levchenko has arrived in the Gulf of Aden. The task force also includes the Olekma tanker and the tugboat SB-36 [of Russia's Black Sea Fleet],” the statement said.

    The Russian Navy has maintained a presence off the Horn of Africa with warships operating on a rotation basis. Russia joined international anti-piracy efforts off the Somali coast in October 2008.

    MOSCOW, July 3 (RIA Novosti)

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