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NATO and EU Work Together to Disrupt Pirate Group

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 gennaio 2013

English: A high angle port view of the battles...

English: A high angle port view of the battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) refueling the guided missile destroyer USS Halyburton (FFG-40) during an underway replenishment. The ships are participating in NATO Exercise Ocean Safari ’85. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Late on Sunday 6th January, the NATO warship, USS Halyburton and the EUNAVFOR ship FS Surcouf worked together to disrupt a pirate vessel which is believed to have attacked a merchant ship earlier in the day.A Panama-flagged merchant vessel was en route from Salalah to Mombasa when she was approached by a suspected pirate skiff with 6 people on board, off the eastern coast of Somalia.While the crew assembled in the ship’s secure citadel from where they broadcast a distress message, the on-board Armed Security Team took up position and exchanged fire with the suspected pirates.

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NATO Provides Medical Aid to Somali Villagers

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 novembre 2012

Last weekend, the villagers of Xabo and Bandar Murcayo were given access to medical facilities provided by NATO’s counter piracy flagship, HNLMS Rotterdam. The flagship was patrolling off the north east Somali coast and took the opportunity to move nearer into the shore so that villagers could make their way out to landing craft carrying on board a complete medical team and improvised facilities. The Staff Medical Officer of the NATO task force, Commander Klaas Visser, said “Early in September we provided basic medical health care for both villages. What strikes me was that compared to our last visit, this time the patients mainly consisting of women and small children without their menfolk accompanying them. This may be indicative of greater trust and understanding by the villagers. On this occasion over 150 villagers received basic medical health care.” stated Visser. More details in attached document.(046,066)

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Mother Ship Disrupted and Crew Freed by NATO Ship

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 aprile 2012

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Combined Task Force 151 - 090220-N-1082Z-197 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The NATO ship HDMS Absalon disrupted a dhow, detained 16 suspected pirates and freed the 12-member dhow crew. During a patrol off the Somali east coast, HDMS ABSALON, part of NATO’s Counter Piracy Operation Ocean Shield spotted an Iranian-flagged dhow which was hijacked one month ago and was currently being used as a mother ship by suspected pirates operating in the area. HDMS ABSALON was tasked to approach the mother ship to carry out a disruption. After stopping the mother ship, HDMS ABSALON sent her boarding team to search the vessel. The team conducted a compliant boarding and assumed full control over the mother ship. On board the mother ship were 16 Somalis suspected of piracy, as well as a crew of 12 from Pakistan and Iran who had been held hostage on the mother ship throughout the last month. The operation was achieved without the use of arms. After questioning the original crew, they were released with their vessel. “I am glad that we successfully disrupted another suspected pirate attack group and freed hostages as well. I am sure that our resolute operations discourage the pirates.” said Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Commander of NATO Counter Piracy Task Force

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NATO Commander meets Russian Counterpart in Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 gennaio 2012

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Yesterday, Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Commander of the NATO Counter Piracy Mission Operation Ocean Shield, visited the Commander of Russian Warship Detachment of Russian Pacific Fleet, Captain 1st Rank Ildar AHMEROV on board his flagship ADMIRAL TRIBUTS in the Gulf of Aden. The Russian Federation warship, as part of its counter piracy operation, was escorting a merchant vessel convoy and passed the area where the NATO flagship TCG GIRESUN was patrolling. In addition to an exchange of briefings and a ship tour, the visit programme also allowed for open discussion and that opportunity was eagerly used. During a constructive meeting both sides shared information on their counter piracy operations and discussed possible opportunities to conduct training which will enable interoperability between NATO and Russian ships. Commanders expressed their clear determination to improve coordination which allows different task forces to tackle the piracy problem together. Following the meeting, Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN said, “We had a fruitful meeting. Our meeting will certainly help us to work together to tackle piracy in the region. We are all actors in the same area and good cooperation between our forces will enhance the effectiveness in keeping the shipping lanes safe as well as mutual understanding of the NATO and Russian units.”
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international actors to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.

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Nato warship rescues m/v pacific express crew

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 settembre 2011

Andrea Doria (DDG 553)

Earlier today, NATO’s counter piracy flag ship, Italian Ship (ITS) Andrea Doria, rescued the crew of M/V Pacific Express, 180 nautical miles off the coast of Kenya. M/V Pacific Express had reported being under pirate attack on September 20, 2011. ITS Andrea Doria responded to the distress call and closed in on M/V Pacific Express during the night of September 20. After evaluating the situation, the NATO warship assessed that pirates were no longer on board. As heavy smoke was coming out of the M/V, ITS Andrea Doria decided to send a boarding team to evacuate the crew and rescued all 26 crewmembers (25 Filipinos and 1 Ukrainian) who had locked themselves inside the safety zone of the merchant ship. According to the crew, the fire was the result of the pirates’ attempts to force them out of their confinement. They also reported hearing gun shots and possibly a RPG being fired during their time in the safety zone. They suffered no injuries and are now being transferred to Mombasa. ITS Andrea Doria has been engaged in Operation “Ocean Shield” to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia under the command of Rear Admiral Gualtiero Mattesi since June 14, 2011.

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NATO Operation Against Armed Pirates

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 aprile 2011

Earlier this month, NATO counter-piracy forces delivered a severe blow against armed pirates off the coast of Somalia by arresting 34 suspected pirates.  The suspected pirates had previously been observed loading up their mother ships and skiffs with fuel and weapons in order to attack merchant ships further out to sea.  In a well-planned operation, NATO warships conducted a night-time strike on the known pirate lairs at sea, close to the coast.  As well as detaining the 34 suspected pirates, 34 innocent hostages, who had been held by the pirates, were freed unharmed by the NATO forces.  Recent months have seen an increase in pirate attacks, particularly in the northern Arabian Sea, and with the monsoon season coming to an end, and the weather improving, it was seen as crucial for counter-piracy forces to strike to help prevent pirates getting out to sea to prey on merchant shipping transiting the area.   Over an extended period NATO warships HNLMS Tromp, HDMS Esbern Snare and USS Halyburton, observed the known pirate camps, supported by Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircrafts from the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and various other counter piracy forces.  On Friday, as part of the focussed operation, crew from NATO warship HDMS Esbern Snare boarded a suspicious whaler and found it to be packed with fuel, AK47 machine guns, a ladder and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and 3 suspected pirates. The whaler and weaponry were seized by the warship, and after being questioned, the suspected pirates were taken to a nearby beach. On Saturday HDMS Esbern Snare then approached a dhow that was suspected to be involved in pirate activity. As the Danish boarding team investigated, the pirates started firing at them, who then fired back in self defence. In the fire-fight several pirates were wounded and as a result, a medical team from NATO flag ship HNLMS Tromp was quickly sent to the scene to render medical assistance.  NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.  The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector.  In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.    NATO has announced its continuing commitment to counter-piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012.

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Nato and Combined Maritime Forces

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 marzo 2011

London: This weekend a joint effort between two counter piracy task forces led to the safe recovery of the vessel, MV Guanabara. On Saturday the MV Guanabara issued a distress call saying she was under attack by pirates. The crew retreated into the citadel or safe room and kept in contact with the counter piracy forces. The USS Bulkeley of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), was the closest naval vessel that could respond and proceeded to the scene of the incident. The NATO warship TCG Giresun was tasked to support USS Bulkeley.   The USS Bulkeley quickly arrived at the scene of the action and found the vessel with pirates on board and the crew still safely in the citadel. TCG Giresun arrived at the scene shortly after to support the recovery operation. With Giresun’s helicopter providing cover, the boarding team from USS Bulkely approached the MV GUANABARA.  NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.

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Nato: Counter piracy mission

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 dicembre 2010

London – Yesterday, Commodore Michiel Hijmans, Commander of NATO’s counter piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield, met with his CMF counterpart Commodore Abdul Aleem.  The two commanders met on board HNLMS De Ruyter (Royal  Netherlands Navy) in the Gulf of Aden to discuss matters of mutual concern, including cooperation in the deployment of ships and aircraft in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin.  SNMG2 commanded by Commodore Hijmans has recently taken over from SNMG1 and is now in the area with ships from Denmark, The Netherlands, Turkey and the U.S. The commodore and his staff were very pleased to meet some of their CMF counterparts.  “Piracy is a common problem that directly effects the world economy, to counter it international cooperation is essential. In maritime cooperation personal relations have proven one of the keys to success. The visit of commodore Abdul Aleem SI(M) was therefore very useful and appreciated. It strengthens our relationship and allows us to counter piracy to the maximum of our abilities as naval forces” stated Commodore Hijmans.  Speaking after the three hour meeting, Commodore Aleem said: “Today was a chance to renew the mutually beneficial and productive relationship between Combined Maritime Forces and NATO. Our area of operation is simply huge, so by coordinating the activities of our warships and aircraft, we can ensure they are deployed in the most effective way. The pirates are resourceful and capable of adapting their behaviour. Therefore it is essential that counter-piracy operations share their intelligence and develop their strategies in order to remain one step ahead”.  The Pakistan Navy has been in command of CTF 151 since the end of  November, when Commodore Aleem relieved Rear Admiral Sinan Ertugrul of the Turkish Navy. In recent months the multi-national force has included ships from Australia, Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey, UK and U.S. In addition to Pakistan, the command team includes staff from Canada, Netherlands and U.S.
Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is permanently assigned to NATO. It is a multi-national Naval Group that provides the NATO Alliance with the ability to quickly respond to crisis situations anywhere in the world. A capable, stand-alone task group and one of four standing maritime elements that form a flexible core around which NATO can build a larger force to meet a wide range of missions that will include non-combatant evacuations, consequence management, counter terrorism, crisis response, embargo operations, etc.   CMF’s counter-piracy mission is known as Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151) and its mission is to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy, protecting maritime vessels of any nationality and securing freedom of navigation in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. In conjunction with NATO and EU Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR), CTF-151 conducts patrols in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) and supports Best Management Practice (BMP) methods for piracy avoidance that are promoted to the shipping industry.  CTF 151 is one of three task forces operated by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a 25-nation coalition based in Bahrain. Its main focus areas are defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities and promoting a safe maritime environment.

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NATO’s “Africa” Medal

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 giugno 2010

During a visit to Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), who are currently in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Deputy Commander AMC Northwood, Vice Admiral Hans-Jochen Witthauer presented NATO’s “Africa” medal to the Commander of SNMG1, Commodore Christian Rune, (Royal Danish Navy).  Cdre Rune was the first recipient of the medal which will be presented to all personnel who have served in NATO’s counter piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden.  The medal ceremony was conducted aboard the SNMG1 flagship HDMS ABSALON where along with Cdre Rune, the SNMG1 staff were decorated by the VAdm Witthauer for their participation in OPERATION OCEAN SHIELD from January to March 2010.
The “Africa” medal is a non-article 5 NATO medal which will be awarded to all personnel who have spent 30 or more days in the counter piracy mission operational area. All personnel involved in both Operation Allied Protector and Operation Ocean Shield will be eligible. SNMG1 presently consists of: HDMS ABSALON, (Denmark) flagship  USS BOONE, (US)  FGS KARLSRUHE, (Germany)  FGS SPESSART, (Germany)  and was supported by HMCS TORONTO, a Halifax class frigate, during the deployment in Canadian waters.(decoration)

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Fight against piracy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 aprile 2010

The five ships of NATO’s Task Force conducting counter piracy operations have been at the centre of the fight against piracy in the waters off Somalia in recent days.  Operating deep in the Indian Ocean, the Greek warship HS LIMNOS saw action against 3 pirate groups in as many days.  Working closely with Swedish and Luxemburg maritime patrol aircraft operating from the Seychelles, the frigate destroyed 6 pirate attack boats together with all of their weapons and other piracy equipment between 7 and 9 April.  As a result 30 pirates can no longer attack innocent merchant vessels.  In the Gulf of Aden, on 3 April the Turkish frigate TCG GELIBOLU rushed to the assistance of the Danish flagged chemical carrier MV TORM RAGNHILD that was being attacked by 6 pirates with AK 47 rifles and rocket propelled grenades.  On arrival of the warship the pirates quickly re-embarked on their ‘mother-ship’; the hijacked dhow MSF SAFINA AL GAYATRI.  Subsequent actions by TCG GELIBOLU forced the pirates to release the 21 Indian crew unharmed together with the cargo of livestock in the early hours of 4 April, 10 miles to the North East of Boosaaso, the regional capital of Puntland, Somalia. Most recently the NATO Task Force flagship, HMS CHATHAM, has been involved in a 5 day operation to release the Indian dhow VISHVAKAYLAN after intercepting the dhow 100 miles to the North East of Socotra on 6 April. The hijacked dhow, with 8 pirates onboard had been involved in an attempt to capture the merchant vessel MV HAMBURG BRIDGE on 5 April.  The fifth ship of the Task Force, the Italian frigate ITS SCIROCCO, made a brief refuelling stop in the Seychelles following a successful operation on 16 March to release the hijacked Iranian dhow SAAD 1 which had been acting as a mother ship. In addition, Scirocco rescued 3 stranded men who had been adrift at sea without food, water or fuel for 4 days some 250 miles from land.  The warship has now resumed her patrol deep in the Indian Ocean ready to intercept pirate groups making their way out to the shipping lanes.
The NATO Task Force 508 conducting Operation Ocean Shield is one of three coalition task forces operating in the fight against piracy. TF 508 consists presently of five ships:HMS CHATHAM (Flagship – Royal Navy) USS COLE (US Navy) TCG GELIBOLU (Turkish Navy) HS LIMNOS (Greek Navy)   ITS SCIROCCO (Italian Navy)

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NATO Warships Meet Piracy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 marzo 2010

“After busy months on patrol in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin, a task force of NATO warships today handed over their counter-piracy mission, (code-named Operation Ocean Shield) to the new task force of NATO ships which had sailed to the area to take up the mission.  NATO warships have been conducting counter piracy patrols off the Horn of Africa, an area of strategic importance, since October 2008 and today it was the turn of the 5 warships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, who currently come from the UK (flagship), Greece, Italy, Turkey and USA to pick up the baton of this ongoing mission. Speaking about the handover between the two NATO groups, which took place at Djibouti, NATO’s maritime commander, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar commented “The continuing presence of warships from the Standing NATO Maritime Groups, together with warships from the EU Naval Force, Combined Maritime Force and other nations such as Russia, China and India is essential if we are to combat the scourge of piracy.  Piracy has the potential to affect us all given that 95% of the world’s trade goes by sea.  As we have clearly demonstrated NATO is making a real impact in deterring and disrupting piracy”.    Speaking from his flagship ‘Absalon’, the commander of NATO’s Maritime Group One, Commodore Rune (Royal Danish Navy) said “The last few months have been extremely busy for the NATO task force.  We have, together with our maritime partners, actively disrupted and prevented attacks by armed pirate gangs on innocent vessels, who carry the goods and food into our countries.  Whilst I am proud of what we have achieved, NATO remains ever vigilant.”  Embarked in HMS Chatham, the commander of NATO’s Maritime Group 2 is Commodore Steve Chick (Royal Navy).  Commenting on his return to the area he said “My task group is well-trained, well-equipped and ready to tackle the job ahead”. Last week, the NATO nations decided to extend Operation Ocean Shield until the end of 2012.

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Top NATO Commander visits Maritime HQ, London

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 febbraio 2010

London.The Supreme Allied Commander Europe (known as SACEUR), Admiral James Stavridis yesterday visited NATO’s Maritime HQ based at Northwood, London.  SACEUR is the commanding officer of NATO’s Allied Command Operations (ACO). During his visit to Northwood HQ Admiral Stavridis received an update on NATO’s maritime counter piracy mission code-named Operation Ocean Shield, which sees NATO warships patrolling the waters off the Horn of Africa.  Afterwards the Admiral commented “how very proud he was” of the work Northwood HQ and the NATO warships are doing to combat the scourge of piracy.  During his visit Admiral Stavridis took the opportunity to update Northwood staff on wider NATO missions, including operations in Afghanistan.
Admiral James Stavridis took over this post July 1, 2009. He is responsible to NATO’s Military Committee, the highest military authority in NATO, for the overall direction and conduct of military operations for NATO. SACEUR, a United States Flag or General officer, leads all NATO military operations and is dual-hatted as Commander US European Command.  His command is exercised from the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) at Casteau, Mons, Belgium.

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Piracy in gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 febbraio 2010

London: NATO maritime commander, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar today warned seafarers sailing through the Gulf of Aden of the danger of complacency towards pirate attacks.    “Whilst NATO, her maritime partners and other navies are working hard conducting counter-piracy patrols, ships’ masters have to accept personal responsibility for the safety of their crew and should have in place the recommended self protection measures against pirate attacks”  said Admiral Soar, who is based at NATO’s maritime HQ in Northwood, London. Self Protection ‘Best Management Practices’ for maritime shipping have been in place for 12 months.  They advise, amongst other things, that vessels who sail through the Gulf of Aden transit within the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (ITRC) – a sea corridor which is patrolled by warships from NATO, the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and the Combined Maritime Force (CMF) and other maritime nations.  Vessels are also advised not to travel at low speeds or give pirates easy access by leaving ropes or boarding ladders hanging over the side.  Larger ships are advised to have water cannons rigged and razor sharp wire around their structure to prevent pirates climbing onboard.    All international vessels transiting the area are encouraged to register with the UK’s Maritime Trade Organisation (UKMTO), based in Dubai and the EU’s Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), London so that their transits can be monitored and any incidents quickly reported by the master of the vessel.    “Since the NATO mission started, there has been a 50% drop in piracy incidents in the Gulf of Aden, but there is still a need for vigilance.  The monsoon period is due to end and over the next few weeks we may well see a rise in pirate gangs attempting to hijack vulnerable ships”.  Admiral Soar stated. NATO’s counter-piracy mission is code-named Operation Ocean Shield.  The aim of the mission is to deter and disrupt piracy, and last week NATO Danish warship Absalon successfully thwarted a pirate attack on a vessel, MV Ariella.

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Maritime shipping in fight against piracy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 febbraio 2010

London: NATO maritime commanders today reiterated the importance of the maritime community adopting the recommended self protection measures to help in the fight against piracy when they sail through the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin.  The call comes after two motor vessels came under attack by pirates this week in the Gulf of Aden, with two very different outcomes – one who adopted the self protection measures was able to successfully repel the attack, whilst the other  who did not was pirated, and is now being taken to a pirates’ lair off the Somali coast. (water cannons)

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Counter piracy operation: NATO and EU Commanders meet

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 maggio 2009

London. While conducting counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa, Commander Standing NATO Maritime Group One – RADM José Domingos Pereira da Cunha, hosted, on board his Flagship, NRP Côrte-Real, a coordination meeting with COMEUNAVFOR, Captain Juan Garat, accompanied by some of his Staff Officers. Following a short introduction to the NATO SNMG1 and EU counter-piracy operations, both teams focused on the way ahead to settle a more positive and proactive cooperation among their forces. Though the visit was limited timewise, Admiral da Cunha was extremely pleased with the meeting for the positive liaison that was strengthened, setting up a more solid base for tactical mutual support, cooperation and interoperability between the NATO and EU Task Forces. Cdr Chris Davies, Chief Public Affairs Officer at MCC Northwood said:“ Coordination and cooperation between our key strategic allies is vital to the future success of our mutual counter piracy operations. NATO planners continue to look towards a longer term and more permanent solution.”

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On the rescue of captain Phillips

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 aprile 2009

I am very pleased that Captain Phillips has been rescued and is safely on board the USS Boxer.  His safety has been our principal concern, and I know this is a welcome relief to his family and his crew. I am also very proud of the efforts of the U.S. military and many other departments and agencies who worked tirelessly to secure Captain Phillips’s safe recovery. We remain resolved to halt the rise of piracy in this region. To achieve that goal, we must continue to work with our partners to prevent future attacks, be prepared to interdict acts of piracy and ensure that those who commit acts of piracy are held accountable for their crimes. I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew.  His courage is a model for all Americans.

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