Sunday, October 23, 2011

Royal Navy captures 13 Somali pirates

Royal Navy captures 13 Somali pirates

Royal Marines in speedboats approached the vessel and boarded it, capturing 13 pirates and seizing weapons.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK personnel, part of a Nato-led force, could be "proud" of the success.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the suspected pirates had been placed on board RFA Fort Victoria "while investigations continue to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute".
Mr Hammond said: "The Royal Navy and Royal Marines are playing a crucial role in securing and protecting international sea lanes that are vital to global trade.
He added: "This operation off the coast of Somalia is a clear demonstration of Britain's ability to tackle piracy that threatens our interests."

 

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