On September 29 the EU NAVFOR warship FGS KÖLN located and destroyed a suspicious whaler close to a beach off Somalia, 100 nautical miles SW of Mogadishu.
A helicopter was dispatched to inspect and found the whaler loaded with equipment usually related to piracy on board.
No crew was seen on board. Consequently, the whaler was destroyed to prevent any potential future use for piracy.
Howver the piracy monitoring group Ecoterra has subsequently criticized the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) for destroying the small coastal vessel off the coast of Somalia.
Ecoterra criticized the destruction and that of two other suspected pirate boats a day earlier. A spokesman said. “The local communities, however, are very much aware of what happened.”