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Red Sea: Somali Pirates Flee Captured Dhow as EU Naval Force Applies Pressure

By Val Ellis last modified May 13, 2014 03:47 PM
Contributors: from EU NAVFOR Somalia report
Dhow captured to use as a mother ship was freed after 2 weeks when approached by a German warship causing the pirates to flee.

Published: 2014-04-28 23:00:00
Topics: Piracy Reports 2014

On Saturday 26 April the master of a dhow spoke of his relief after 6 armed pirates, who had taken his vessel and crew hostage 14 days earlier, fled the scene after sightings of an EU Naval Force maritime patrol and reconnaissance (MPRA) aircraft.

The master confirmed his ordeal to members of the Boarding Team from the EU Naval Force flagship, FGS Brandenburg, after the German warship had closed the sea area to investigate the dhow.

The master stated that the pirates had forced him and his crew to sail to the Gulf of Aden, where they had planned to use the dhow as a ‘mother ship’ to attack merchant ships at sea.

Before they left the dhow, the master said that the pirates had stolen electronic equipment and other personal items from the crew.

Speaking about the incident, the EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, stated “This event confirms that the piracy threat is still very real. The deterrence and swift action by EU Naval Force has once again denied freedom of action to pirates.”

Warships from EU Naval Force continue their counter-piracy patrols in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.

This report is from EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia (

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