Volga-Dnepr helps take on pirates

VOLGA-Dnepr has transported supplies and equipment for Japan’s Ministry of Defense (JGSDF) from Sendai, Japan to the Republic of Djibouti in Africa as part of a major multinational action to wipe out sea piracy off the coast of Somalia.

The airline operated two Antonov An-124 flights to Djibouti – 20 and 26 May, delivering over 120 tons of cargo. The shipments were destined to support Japanese defense forces deployed in the area of anti-piracy operations.

Pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden are now being confronted by a coalition of naval forces from 16 countries. The Japanese Navy has been carrying out its mission near the Somali shores since late March.

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