Thursday, June 24, 2010


HNLMS Johan de Witt

AFM soldiers secure pirate skiff

From the "Times of Malta" comes a report of Maltese soldiers involved in an action to intercept pirates off Somalia. The soldiers are based aboard HNLMS Johan de Witt, yes indeed a Netherlands warship. According to the report the Netherlands warship fired a number of warning shots after which the skiff, believed to be a pirate vessel, stopped and the suspected pirates surrendered. The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) security team quickly secured the skiff and transferred those on board onto the HNLMS Johan de Witt. The entire operation was photographed by a German Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

Now NAUTICAL LOG finds all this quite fascinating because of course the AFM has been ordered to stop the pirates operating in the Mediterranean who injured their fishermen namely the Netherlands flag state pirate vessel MS Steve Irwin. Interesting situation in a complex world.

Good Watch.

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