34 Swedish soldiers are set to join international efforts at Somalia’s coast in joint anti-piracy efforts. The Somali coast is notorious for its pirates who are responsible for numerous kidnappings and attacks on ships treading the Indian Ocean waters. The soldiers, from Gothenburg, will be stationed off the coast of Somalia as part of Sweden’s fifth mission to the region.
Two small Swedish combined transport and war ships will be on board the Dutch HNLMS Rotterdam, an amphibious warfare ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The Swedish soldiers and ships will serve as escort for the World Food Programme’s aid deliveries to Somalia that have fallen victim of the ruthless pirates.
The Swedish ships and soldiers join the operation by different countries positioned at Somali’s coast in efforts aimed at preventing armed sea robberies and hijackings that interfere with international shipping and Security.