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9 disarmed pirates

(BRUSSELS2) The destroyer launches missiles USS Pinckney (DDG 91), which participates in CTF 151, foiled the action of a group of pirates last Monday (December 19) near the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) to the south. Around 8:40 a.m., this group attacked the MV nordic apollo firing at the merchant ship from a skiff. The ship managed to escape using all good escape practices. The alert was given to the ships of the international force patrolling the area. Shortly after, around 11:00 a.m., another ship, the MV Heather, which was 30 miles from the Nordic Apollo, reported the same type of attack.

The Pinckney then launched its MH60R helicopter which located a skiff with nine suspects and piracy equipment on board (including ladders, weapons and several fuel containers). He was even able to observe that the suspects were quick to hide weapons under blankets and throw ladders into the water at the sight of the helicopter. There was therefore little doubt about the pirates' intentions. Intercepted by the helicopter, the skiff stopped abruptly. But the pirates threw their weapons into the water: 5 AK47s, 1 RPG and three ammunition stores ended up in the sea. After a visit on board, allowing this first vision to be completed, the soldiers discovered another grappling hook and 36 barrels of fuel, as well as 2 very powerful engines, 75 and 45 horsepower. The pirates were however freed, but with only one engine and just the diesel needed to reach the coast.

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).