Sunday, March 26th, 2017

German Navy Thwarts Pirate Attack on Cruise Ship

According to German newspaper Deutsche Welle, The German Navy warded off a suspected piracy attack on a German cruise ship in the Gulf of Aden, a spokesman for the mission has confirmed . Germany has troops in the area to combat piracy.

The German Navy’s Mecklenburg-Vorpommern frigate chased off two suspicious speed boats with warning shots during the last week of November, Transocean Tours in Bremen, which was operating the cruise ship, said the 492 guests and crew on board the M/S Astor had not noticed the incident. The cruise ship had not requested assistance.

The suspicious boats disappeared quickly into Yemen’s territorial waters, the report said. Transocean said the speed boats had approached about 3 sea miles distant, and the frigate intercepted them before they got to the cruise ship. The cruise ship was bound for Dubai, where it arrived without further incident.

Germany is considering contributing up to 1,400 military personnel to a European Union security mission to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, according to a report in the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine this week. 500 naval personnel would crew a frigate patrolling the Horn of Africa and the remainder would be commandos providing security on German-owned merchant vessels in the region, the report said.

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