USN assists pirate attack crew

Three crew injured during incident.

Coalition Forces Render Aid to an Iranian Fishing Vessel

Posted by Aiswarya Lakshmi

In coordination with the European Union Naval Force and the Turkish-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, which is a part of the Combined Maritime Forces, the U.S. Navy provided assistance to an Iranian fishing vessel after a reported piracy attack Oct. 24, south of Socotra, Yemen.

The Iranian coast guard called U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) to report the incident and seek assistance for the fishing vessel. NAVCENT coordinated with the European Union Naval Force, who sent a patrol aircraft to investigate the incident.

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MSR Note: At this time, the identity of the attackers remains unconfirmed. It would be unusual for Somali pirates to attack and then leave a fishing dhow unless a naval vessel was responding. Within the past week, Yemeni fishermen have seized an Iranian vessel and it is possible the actors involved were not Somali pirates but possibly fishermen acting against perceived encroachment on their grounds. MSR hopes that more information will be made available.

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