East AfricaBrief blogmaritime piracy

[In brief] The attack on Central Park foiled. Five Somali pirates arrested

(B2) The US Navy on Sunday (November 26) thwarted an attack by Somali pirates on a tanker in the Gulf of Aden near Yemen.

The USS Mason (Photo: US Navy Robert Aylward - Archives B2)

This classic attack by pirates taking control of ships was combined with missile fire from Yemen. Could induce a certain consultation between pirates and Houthis.

An attack carried out by five armed men

The Liberian-flagged tanker was “ accosted by five armed individuals while in transit in the Gulf of Aden, near Yemen » Sunday (November 26) in position 14°17 North, 041°48 East. The Pirates " attempted to gain access to the crew cabin "Then" then tried to take control » of the ship, said US General Pat Ryder during a meeting with the press at the Pentagon on Monday (November 27). “ The crew, for the most part, was able to lock themselves in a safe place » inside the ship.

CTF 151 on area

Responding to the distress call launched on the evening of Sunday (November 26) the American ship USS Mason, several allied ships and aircraft, stakeholders of CTF 151 (the joint force initiated by the USA). The five pirates – apparently Somalis – then tried to escape aboard a small boat. They were caught and arrested » by the USS Mason Survey and Boarding Team. She boarded the tanker, secured it and freed the crew. They are being held aboard the USS Mason, said Pat Ryder.

Ballistic missile launch

On Monday the 27th in the morning, two ballistic missiles were fired from areas controlled by the Houthis in Yemen, towards the areas where the two ships, the USS Mason and Central Park, were operating. “ The missiles landed in the Gulf of Aden, approximately 10 nautical miles from the ships. We don't yet know exactly what they were aiming for. » said Pat Ryder, specifying that neither the USS Mason nor Central Park had been damaged by the missiles. Central Park restarted its engines and resumed its journey.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Read also: [News] An Iranian dhow captured by pirates in Puntland intercepted and tracked by Europeans

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).