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article imageUS Navy Rescues Tanzanian Ship, Captures Pirates

By Christopher Szabo     Feb 24, 2010 in World
Dar Es Salaam - The US Navy has rescued a Tanzanian ship and captured a gang of pirates in the process. USS Farragut dispatched a Seahawk helicopter to the ship after receiving a distress call.
The Tanzanian Motor Vessel (MV) Barakaale 1 put out a distress call, saying it was under attack from a gang onboard a skiff, according to a Reuters report quoting the Tanzanian Embassy. The report added:
The helicopter then stopped the ... skiff as it attempted to speed away, by firing warning shots across its bow. A boarding team from USS Farragut boarded the vessel and the eight suspected pirates were taken aboard the Farragut.
The USS Farragut is an Aegis guided missile destroyer. The ship is part of the international Task Force 151 that patrols the Gulf of Aden and the east coast of Somalia. The exact position of the rescue was not given by the report.
Ships that make up the task force hail from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Canada, Denmark, Turkey, United States and United Kingdom among other countries.
Reuters says the number of incidents of piracy increased by 40 percent last year, with Somali pirates claiming the dubious distinction of accounting for more than half the 406 cases reported.
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