The fishing vessel Naham 3 has been in armed pirate hands since it was pirated in the Indian Ocean on 26th of March, 2012. She had been tethered to the sunken vessel MV Albedo that was hijacked in November 2010, for a few months. MV Albedo sank in shallow waters on Sunday, 7th of July.
Recent aerial photos have shown pirates wielding their weapons on the upper deck of the fishing vessel Naham 3.
EU Naval Force stated that negotiations are on-going among a hostage support programme and the Somali pirates to try and secure the safe release of the kidnapped crew members of MV Albedo.