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25 August 2011 :: 12:08:33 pm 57646

Royal Thai Navy Assist Cargo Ships Attcked By Somali Pirates

Royal Thai Navy Counter Piracy Task Unit sent a helicopter to Eden bay off the Somalia coast to assist a Liberia registered cargo M.V. THOR HARMONY which was attacked by pirates using Rocket Propelled Granades. The intervention was successful.
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Later M.V. MSC NAMIBIA II a 24,000 ton Liberia flagged container ship was was attacked by pirates 70 nautical miles off Yemen, Somalia. The pirates on a skiff arrived from the north at high speed, and fired RPG’s at the MSC NAMIBIA II.

The Royal Navy ship HMS Similan was in the area and came to immediate assistance and sent a Bell 212 helicopter to prevent the attack. When RTN helicopter arrived the skiff escaped heading South at a speed of 15 knots.

The Helicopter Bell 212 crew reported seeing six pirates on the floor of skiff. The Bell chopper returned to HMS Similan and the protection of cargo ship MSC NAMIBIA II was taken over by US was ship USS WHITBEY ISLAND. Later both merchant vessels arrived safely at their destination. At 13:.51 hrs MSC NAMIBIA II send e-mail to thankRoyal Thai Navy for their assistance in the ongoing fight against piracy.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : World News

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