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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Destroyer chases away pirates

From the Navy Times
The destroyer Gonzalez used fire from .50-caliber machine guns, searchlights and flares to ward off a pirate attack on a vessel operating off Somalia in the Indian Ocean June 6, a 5th Fleet press release said.
Gonzalez was alerted to the ongoing attack by the crew of the motor vessel Tigris via bridge-to-bridge radio. The Tigris crew said they were being fired upon.

The Navy ship moved toward Tigris’ position at best speed, the statement said.

“I believe that Gonzalez’s very overt approach was likely observed by the pirates, who then broke off contact on M/V Tigris,” said Cmdr. Jeffrey Griffin, the ship’s commanding officer, in the statement.
(See the IMB report here).

Update: USS Gonzalez (DDG-66)

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