EUNAVFOR Warship forced pirates to abandon attack

By Piracy
14 Indian seafarers have been rescued, after pirates that took control of their cargo ship on 5th of  June, 2013 in the Gulf of Aden, abandoned the attack hours later after a war vessel of EU NAVFOR, HSwMS Carlskrona, together with NATO counter piracy Dutch war vessel HNLMS Van Speijk, closed in.

This type of cargo ship, known as a dhow, has been used in the past by pirates as a 'mother vessel', to enable them to sail far out to sea to attack passing merchant vessels.

The master of the Indian dhow had sent out a distress signal in the morning of June 5th, alerting that it was under attack from twelve armed pirates. Upon hearing the alert, Royal Swedish Navy  war vessel, HSwMS Carlskrona that has been part of the European Union's counter piracy mission, Operation Atalanta, since 6th of  April, 2013 closed the scene and as darkness fell, maintained a constant  watch on the ship.