British and Russia warships repel pirates
A couple of days agao it was Indian Navy that repeled attacks from pirates off the cost of Somalia in the gulf of aden and today it was the turn of British and Russian Navy to get into action to save a danish vessel from the clutches of Pirates.
CUrrently there are more than a dozen international ships in the control of Pirates. Patrolling of the gulf of aden by International navy vessels has improved the situation but with daily reports of attempts to hijack merchant ships shows that flexing of naval muscles by various navies has not detered the pirates to take their chances.
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- A Russian and a British ship Wednesday repelled a pirate attack on a Danish ship in the Gulf of Aden, the Russian navy said.
Pirates have caused havoc off the coast of Somalia, hijacking 33 ships this year.
The Russian patrol ship Neustrashimy and a British frigate, HMS Cumberland, rebuffed the pirates' attempts to seize the Danish ship Powerful, Russian navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said. He based his information on what the crew of Neustrashimy told the Russian navy.
The British and Russians used helicopters to counter-attack the pirates, who had opened machine gun fire on Powerful and twice tried to seize it, Dygalo said.
The Gulf of Aden, which connects the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea, has become a treacherous stretch for ships, particularly along the Somali coast.
According to Noel Choong of the International Maritime Bureau, which tracks piracy attacks, there have been 84 attacks and 33 successful hijackings off Somalia's coast this year.
A dozen international ships are currently under the control of pirates, Choong said.