Monday, September 13, 2010

U.S. Marines Rescue Ship from Pirates

"MANAMA, Bahrain, Sept. 9, 2010 – A 24-member maritime raid force from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit today boarded and seized control of an Antigua-Barbuda-flagged, German–owned vessel from pirates who attacked and boarded it yesterday.

The Marines serve aboard USS Dubuque, operating under Combined Task Force 151.  The mission secured the safety of the M/V Magellan Star’s crew and returned control of the ship to the civilian mariners. 
Nine pirates are under the task force’s control, pending further disposition, officials said, and the ship’s crew has not reported any injuries or casualties. No injuries to the maritime raid force were reported."
Information from "Marines Seize Control of Ship from Pirates", American Forces Press Service, September 9, 2010.  Learn more about maritime security.

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