EU NAVFOR disabling fire stops fleeing pirate skiffMay 5, 2010 - 18:19
This morning, 5 of May, the EU NAVFOR Swedish Maritime Patrol Aircraft detected a Pirate Action Group (PAG) approximately 400 Nautical Miles North West of Seychelles.
EU NAVFOR French warship La Fayette was sent to the position by the Force Commander Jan Thornqvist onboard the Flag ship HSwMS Carlskrona to intercept the PAG.
Later in the afternoon, FS La Fayette found the PAG, consisting of one Whaler and two skiffs with a total of 12 suspected pirates. The mother ship and one skiff stopped immediately when ordered to do so, but the remaining skiff tried to escape. A marksman from Lafayette was able to stop the fleeing skiff with disabling fire which destroyed both engines. All pirates have now been apprehended.
Onboard the skiff was a quantity of arms and ladders and these have been seized. The EU NAVFOR Dutch warship Johan De Witt was close by and is providing assistance to the operation.
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