EU NAVFOR releases Iranian Fishermen

By Piracy

EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Dutch frigate Van Amstel freed a hijacked dhow and the 17 Iranian fishermen from pirates.
The ship had been kidnaped 14 days ago and was being used as "mother ship" for making pirate attacks on merchant ships.
Yesterday in the time of control flight 400 nautical miles off the Somali coast, the heli from Van Amstel discovered the dhow towing 2 skiffs, with piracy equipment on board like ladders.
HNLMS Van Amstel reacted in no time and arrived near the dhow’s location and the rescue team was sent on board to understand what the situation is. In a few minutes, weapons were discovered and the boarding team was able to free the 17 Iranian fishermen from 11 suspected pirates.
The fishing ship had been kidnapped off the Omani coast, and is maybe in connection to the unsuccessful attack against MV Super Lady on May 9, only 2 days before.
By this operation, EU NAVFOR frigate Van Amstel has made inoperative pirates and its mothership. Most importantly the Dutch crew members released the very relieved and happy Iranian sailors, who expressed their gratitude and joy at being able to now go back home to their families.