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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 31/03/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A cruise ship after departing from Salalah port met with the German frigate FGS Hessen in the Gulf of Aden recently. FGS Hessen which was conducting anti-piracy patrols in the regional waters displayed her capabilities to enthusiastic passengers.


According to a release from the EU Navfor anti-piracy mission, the German cruise-liner AIDAdiva had departed the Port of Salalah and was heading for the Mediterranean Sea.


The 2,000 embarked passengers were treated to displays from the warship's helicopter, landing on the deck of the liner, before the frigate gave a traditional sail past' departure.


Speaking about the meeting at sea, the commanding officer of FGS Hessen, Commander Dirk Jacobus, said, ''It is very important we remain prepared to protect vulnerable ships as they sail through the high-risk areas. We carried out these training exercises with AIDAdiva, which I think was a nice surprise for the passengers.''


FGS Hessen had previously been involved in the rescue of a fisherman in February who was injured by a stingray in the Arabian Sea, and helped in the transportation of the patient to Salalah for treatment. The warship will remain in the piracy high-risk areas until April.


A popular destination for cruises, the Port of Salalah also welcomed the cruise ship Voyager on Sunday with 575 passengers on board, including some 350 tourists. On Friday, the cruise ship Arcadia arrived at port with 2,800 passengers on board, including 2,000 tourists.

 






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