PIRATE BOAT SUNK BY ROYAL NAVY
Tuesday February 24th, 2009
More drama in the Gulf of Arden this week as HMS Northumberland arrived too late to save a Greek ship from the clutches Somali pirates. The 75,000-ton MV Saldanha had been captured by hijackers using a wooden skiff.
The skiff was boarded by Northumberland crew who found fuel, money and two RPG grenades on board. The pirate vessel was then used as target practice and sunk by order of Commander Martin Simpson.
The Royal Navy have reported 'HMS Northumberland is working with a number of other vessels to help keep the Somalian territorial waters safe for civilian and emergency aid-carrying craft… She is about to go off-task and will be making her way back to the UK.'
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