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The Danes don't stop pirates, they save them...

(B2)Two feats of arms of the Absalon, the Danish ship which currently commands CTF 150 in the Gulf of Aden, are worth the detour! Alerted that a Panamanian cargo ship was being attacked by pirates, the Danish ship Absalon sent its helicopter on Monday which spotted a suspected pirate boat. The sailors then intervened. The pirates have been disarmed. But the coalition headquarters in Bahrain considered that there was no reason to continue the investigation and the pirates… were left free.

This impossibility of detaining pirates has given rise to some criticism in Denmark, particularly from the merchant navy. “This actually sends a signal that this is just a playground,” declared Jan Fritza Hansen, Vice President of the Merchant Navy, in the “Berlingske”.

Thursday night, new intervention. Alerted that a fishing boat, presumed to be pirates, was in distress following bad weather conditions, the Absalon came to its aid (as required by the laws of the sea)...recovered the eight fishermen- pirates (armed with grenade launchers and AK 47s according to the Danish navy spokesperson) in the navy's inflatable boats. Then, the Danish sailors sent the boat (now empty) to the bottom, firing several bursts causing the explosion of the pirate ship (or suspected pirate ship) which then sank. The pirates told the Danes that they had had an engine failure and drifted for seven days, three of which had nothing to eat or drink. Sinking the boat was necessary, justifies the Danish navy, as the weather conditions prevented the boat from being towed. Those arrested were then handed over to the Yemen Coast Guard at the port of Mukala.

Danish Navy (You Tube)


See also this report on TV2 (Danish TV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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