Combined Maritime Forces Responds to Pirate Attack

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

USNS Lewis and Clarke (T-AKE1) and USS Winston Churchill (DDG 81) assisted in the response to a suspected pirate attack on Chinese-flagged cargo ship M/V Tai An Kou, Nov. 20.
M/V Tai An Kou reported to the Dubai-based UK Maritime Trade Organization that it was under attack by pirates in the North Arabian Sea at approximately 12 p.m. (Bahrain), while located about 100 nautical miles off the Omani coast.
Lewis and Clark, received the distress call and, as the nearest vessel, proceeded to investigate.
Upon arrival at the scene, the ship’s crew reported seeing pirates in a dhow and two skiffs firing upon Tai An Kou.
The pirates then shot at the USNS Lewis and Clark which fired back in self-defense. No casualties were reported by the suspected pirates or Lewis and Clark crew.
Winston S. Churchill, currently assigned to Turkish-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, was directed to investigate the situation and provide further assistance if necessary by the task force’s commander, Rear Adm. Sinan Ertugrul.
“I ordered the USS Winston Churchill to assist the Chinese naval forces in responding to this incident,” said Ertugrul. “The attempted pirating of the MV Tai An Kou underlines the continued threat that piracy and armed robbery at sea poses to international shipping.”
Winston S. Churchill arrived at the scene and established communication with the crew of the Tai An Kou, who had locked themselves in a safe room and out of immediate danger. The destroyer also launched her helicopter to maintain oversight of the cargo ship.
Independent deployer, Chinese Navy frigate, Xuzhou (FFG-530), arrived on the scene shortly. The ship conducted a brief turnover with Winston S. Churchill, asking their crew several questions about the situation.
After noting the pirate mothership that had been reported as tied alongside Tai An Kou was no longer there, Xuzhou launched a boarding team which boarded the vessel and assessed the pirates were no longer aboard at approximately 10:35 a.m.
Xuzhou and Winston S. Churchill maintained communication with each other throughout the operation.
The Chinese Navy thanked Winston S. Churchill for their assistance after the operation was complete.
Merchant vessels have the power to make themselves less of a target for pirates by following the basic security advice provided by the Best Management Practice guidance,” Ertugrul provided.
“Piracy is an international problem that requires cooperation. The navies deployed in this region work best when they work together,” he continued.

Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Maritime Security

Indonesia Partners with China on Maritime

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged increased maritime cooperation during the formers visit to China.   The joint

China Strengthens Maritime Ties with Pak

The Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong has pledged to deepen maritime security and military technology cooperation during

US Will Work to Ensure Bab-el-Mandeb Strait Remains Open

The U.S. military will work with Gulf and European partners to ensure the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the tip of the Red Sea remains open to commerce despite fighting and instability in Yemen,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.8505 sec (1 req/sec)