The U.S. Navy Maritime Liaison Office in Bahrain (MARLO) advises that on or about 1300 UTC yesterday (29 April) the Master of a motor vessel reported being approached by two skiffs in the Gulf of Aden, near position 12.03 North - 045.37 East.
Reportedly, one of the skiffs had seven personnnel onboard when they closed within 2NM from the vessel. Crew from the vessel reported seeing some type of weapon from the personnel onboard the skiff. The armed security team on the vessel showed their weapons and the skiffs moved away in a southerly direction. Procedures IAW BMP4 were conducted.
It is recommended vessels within the vicinity of this alert operate with a heightened level of security and report any suspicious activity to MSCHOA, UKMTO or MARLO. MARLO can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: +973-3940-1395.