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The Bremen stops 3 suspicious ships, 10 people interrogated then released

(B2) The German frigate “Bremen” – which is participating in the EU anti-piracy operation “Eunavfor Atalanta” – stopped 3 boats on the morning of October 20, 450 nautical miles east of Mogadishu and 300 miles nautical activities in the northwest of the Seychelles (therefore on the high seas), announced Atalanta HQ. The frigate – which is currently on duty off the coast of the Seychelles – spotted 2 skiffs and a mother boat, loaded with cans of gasoline and various equipment and
ordered them to stop.

The boats tried to flee. The Bremen then fired warning shots. Two skiffs stopped. But a third continued. It was the helicopter that fired warning shots. Visiting teams then headed towards the suspect boats. But by the time they arrived, the suspects had thrown weapons and pirate equipment overboard. After questioning, the 10 people on board the skiffs were allowed to leave, the last equipment that could be used for piracy being seized.

(photo credit: Eunavfor)

(summary) On the early morning of October 20th 2009 EU NAVFOR German warship FGS Bremen stopped 3 skiffs in the Indian Ocean, 450 nautical miles East of Mogadishu and 300 nautical miles North-west of the Seychelles, according Atalanta OHQ. The EU NAVFOR ship Bremen, on sighting the two attack skiffs and one mother skiff, filled with fuel barrels and supplies, ordered them to stop. The skiffs tried to flee and Bremen fired warning shots across their bows after which two of the skiffs stopped. The third skiff was stopped with warning shots from the helicopter. Boarding teams were sent from the Bremen to the skiffs and during the time it took to get onboard the skiffs, the suspected pirates threw weapons and pirate equipment overboard. There were 10 persons on board the skiffs and after questioning, and all remaining pirate related paraphernalia was seized, they were allowed to proceed.



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).