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A Yemeni dhow, serving as a mother ship, released

(B2) The Spanish frigate “Reina Sofia” – which is participating in Operation Eunavfor Atalanta – freed a mother ship in the Arabian Sea on April 14. An operation carried out with the assistance of helicopters from BPC projection and command boat Dixmude (which participates in the “Jeanne d’Arc” cadet training mission). Two aircraft – a French Awacs and an Australian P3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft – also participated in the operation by carrying out reconnaissance and surveillance.

The Navy special operations unit that docked the Yemeni dhow found 20 people on board. After verification, 4 were sailors – who had been taken hostage with their dhow at the end of March – and 16 others were pirates. They also seized small arms and grenade launcher ammunition. Which is a clear indication that these are not simple fishermen.

But neither the captain, nor the owner nor the crew of sailors intend to file a complaint. The dhow thus returned to the route to Al-Mukalla, in the south-east of Yemen. While the pirates were released near the Somali 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).