Wie die britische Fort Victoria vor der Küste Somalias den gekaperten Tanker Liquid Velvet, als Piraten-Mutterschiff genutzt, zum Umkehren zwang – das hat die Royal Navy leider bislang nicht so genau erklärt. Am vergangenen Freitag stoppte die Besatzung des britischen Kriegsschiffes erneut ein Mutterschiff der Seeräuber, diesmal eine deutlich kleinere Dhau – und davon gibt es mittlerweile ein relativ ausführliches Video:
Dazu die Mitteilung der NATO, in deren Operation Ocean Shield die Fort Victoria unterwegs ist:
RFA Fort Victoria, part of NATO’s counter piracy task force Operation Ocean Shield has successfully disrupted a suspected pirate vessel looking to launch attacks on merchant vessels transiting through the Gulf of Aden.
On Thursday 12 January, USS Carney also part of Operation Ocean Shield discovered and tracked a suspected pirate vessel. Early on Friday 13th January, RFA Fort Victoria along with her embarked helicopter was tasked to intercept the suspected pirate vessel. At first light, Fort Victoria launched her helicopter to investigate the suspected pirate vessel. In order to stop the vessel, the helicopter fired several rounds of various warning shots.
A Royal Marines boarding team in fast boats approached the vessel and successfully boarded it. Shortly after the Marines approached, the pirates surrendered moving to the front of their ship with their hands up. A thorough search of the vessel revealed numerous weapons including RPG launchers and machine guns.
At this time the suspected pirates are still on the vessel and investigations are still ongoing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for prosecution.
This is the third successful disruption of a pirate action group operating from a pirated mothership in the last seven days. This demonstrates NATO’s capability to track and stop target vessels by using information from the various maritime counter piracy forces operating in the area.