|English to Chinese: Netherlands submarine to join Somalia anti-pirate force|
|Source text - English|
The Netherlands has agreed to a Nato request to deploy a submarine off the coast of Somalia to combat piracy.
The Dutch ministry of defence said the submarine will join the Nato-led international flotilla off East Africa.
It will be used for reconnaissance in the vast area from the Gulf of Aden deep into the Indian Ocean where Somali pirates have been hijacking commercial vessels for ransom.
The Gulf of Aden is one of the busiest shipping routes in the world.
"The Netherlands will deploy a submarine from the end of September to the end of November," the Dutch ministry of defence said.
In March, Nato extended its Ocean Shield anti-piracy mission until the end of 2012.
The EU has an anti-piracy mission in the same region, Navfor, which is also tasked with protecting World Food Programme ships carrying food aid to Somalia.
|Translation - Chinese|