A pirate attack stopped off Nigeria by the Italian Navy

(B2) The Italian ship's helicopter, the Rizzo ship, deployed in the Gulf of Guinea, stopped a pirate attack off the Nigerian coast on Wednesday (April 21), the Italian Navy has just made known.

The material on board (ladder) like the equipment (motors) and the absence of fishing nets does not really allow doubts as to the purpose of this “fishing boat”: it is not really interested in fish (credit: navy)

Alerted, his helicopter on board the Nave Rizzo, a FREEM type frigate (F-595), took off, causing a fast boat (equipped with two large engines) to flee with nine pirates on board and equipment suitable for boarding (a large scale, particularly useful for boarding). " All merchant vessels in transit and local authorities have been alerted to the danger says Navy HQ in Rome.

The Nave Rizzo participates in the coordinated maritime presences set up by the European Union in the Gulf of Guinea. The French helicopter carrier (Dixmude) and a Portuguese ship are currently present in the area

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).