P&O’s Arcadia was taking no chances when she sailed through the Gulf of Aden this week en route to India.
The area has been plagued by Somali pirates, who only last week released a massive oil tanker which had been held hostage since before Christmas.
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If you want to be safe, there’s nothing better than getting the Royal Navy on your side, and Arcadia was escorted by Type 23 frigate HMS Portland (above), which is armed with Sea Wolf missiles, a 110 mm gun, two 30 mm guns, and four torpedo launchers.
The RN even sent a Lynx helicopter over to salute their Red Ensign colleagues and P&O’s Commodore Steve Burgoine.
After leaving Southampton a day late, Arcadia is now back on schedule for arrival in Mumbai tomorrow (January 23).
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