Wednesday, November 18, 2009

US-Flagged Maersk Alabama Attacked Again, Repel Pirates

About seven months ago the US-flagged Maersk Alabama was captured by pirates before being set free by US forces with the captured pirates taken to a Manhattan court. They were attack again, but this time they were able to fend off the pirates. Using small arms and an LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) they repelled the four pirates attacking in a skiff who had and were using automatic weapons. (via)

"Somali pirates attacked the container ship Maersk Alabama today for the second time in seven months. Private guards on board the US-flagged ship repelled the attack with gunfire and a high-decibel noise device.

A US surveillance plane was monitoring the ship as it continued to its destination, Mombasa in Kenya ...

Four pirates in a skiff attacked the ship again today at about 6.30am local time, opening fire with automatic weapons from about 300 yards away, a statement from the US Fifth Fleet in Bahrain said. A security team repelled the attack by using evasive manoeuvres, small-arms fire and a Long Range Acoustic Device, which can beam earsplitting alarm tones.

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