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Monday, November 12, 2007

Somali Pirates: Photos from the Pirate Fight

After several posts on the fight against the Somali pirates, I have received additional photos of the recent sinking of the pirate skiffs and much more (more details to follow, I hope):

First three are the pirate skiffs being fired on:





Vessel Almarjan:


Captured benzene tanker Golden Nori:


Released fishing boats Mavunos and Ching:




UPDATE: More photos from U.S. Navy assistance to pirated vessels here. Photo captions:
071104-N-3764J-001 INDIAN OCEAN (November 4, 2007) - Security boats from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) prepare to provide rescue and assistance to the recently released Mavuno 1 and 2 after being held by pirates since mid-May as the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) patrols in the background. (photo immediately above)



071105-N-9999X-002 INDIAN OCEAN (November 5, 2007) - Members of a U.S. Navy rescue and assistance team provide humanitarian and medical assistance to the crew of the Taiwanese-flagged fishing trawler Ching Fong Hwa. The vessel had been seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia in early May 2007 and was released Nov. 5, 2007 with U.S. Navy assistance. As part of the U.S. Navy's maritime strategy, our maritime forces operate across the full spectrum of operations to extend security, which depends on the free use of the sea. U.S. Navy photo




071105-N-9999X-003 INDIAN OCEAN (November 5, 2007) - Members of a U.S. Navy rescue and assistance team provide humanitarian and medical assistance to the crew of the Taiwanese-flagged fishing trawler Ching Fong Hwa. The vessel had been seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia in early May 2007 and was released Nov. 5, 2007 with U.S. Navy assistance... U.S. Navy photo




071105-N-9999X-004 INDIAN OCEAN (November 5, 2007) - Manuvo II gets underway after receiving fuel and stores for transit back to the next port. The Tanzanian-flagged fishing trawlers Manuvo I and Manuvo II were released from pirate control off the east coast of Somalia Nov. 4 after being pirated since May and rendezvoused with the U.S. Navy for humanitarian assistance... U.S. Navy photo




071105-N-9999X-005 INDIAN OCEAN (November 5, 2007) - U.S. Navy Sailors help load lube oil onto Manuvo I prior to it getting underway. The Tanzanian-flagged fishing trawlers Manuvo I and Manuvo II were released from pirate control off the east coast of Somalia Nov. 4 after being pirated since May and rendezvoused with the U.S. Navy for humanitarian assistance... U.S. Navy photo



071105-N-9999X-006 INDIAN OCEAN (November 5, 2007) - Members of a U.S. Navy rescue and assistance team provide humanitarian and medical assistance to the crew of the Taiwanese-flagged fishing trawler Ching Fong Hwa. The vessel had been seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia in early May 2007 and was released Nov. 5, 2007 with U.S. Navy assistance... U.S. Navy photo




071105-N-9999X-007 INDIAN OCEAN (November 5, 2007) - Members of a U.S. Navy rescue and assistance team provide humanitarian and medical assistance to the crew of the Taiwanese-flagged fishing trawler Ching Fong Hwa. The vessel had been seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia in early May 2007 and was released Nov. 5, 2007 with U.S. Navy assistance... U.S. Navy photo

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