Thursday, May 14, 2009

US sailors captures 17 pirates

On Thursday a team of specialized American sailors captured 17 suspected pirates who attacked an Egyptian merchant ship in the waters off Yemen.The sailors from the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg also seized eight assault rifles and a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher when they boarded the pirates' vessel Wednesday, said the navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet in a statement.The Gettysburg launched the operation with the help of the Korean Destroyer ROKS Munmu the Great after the pirates fired at the Egyptian-flagged Motor Vessel Amira about 75 kilometers south of Yemen's Al-Mukalla port. Both ships dispatched helicopters during the mission.The Gulf of Aden is one of the world's most important shipping lanes, connecting Europe and Asia via the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. It is used by 20,000 ships a year and has become the world's hot spot for pirate attacks.

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