1. SOMALIA: An unidentified bulk carrier was fired upon 27
Jan at 0645 local time while underway in position 11:55.0N 051:19.0E,
off Cape Guardafui, Somalia. Five pirates armed with machine
guns and rocket launchers in a speedboat fired at the bulk carrier.
Master took evasive maneuvers and activated SSAS; crew
mustered and started fire hoses. Pirates firing caused damage
to bridge windows and accommodation. They restocked
ammunition from a nearby wooden fishing boat and resumed firing.
An additional black steel hulled fishing boat came close and also fired
at the ship. A coalition warship responded to the alert and at 0740
local time a helicopter arrived and pirates ceased firing. At 0810
local time a coalition warship arrived at the scene (IMB).
"We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose." - President Eisenhower, First Inaugural Address
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