01 January 2009

Incident: Abdul Kalam Azad fired upon

The Abdul Kalam Azad is approached in the Gulf of Aden by a small craft whose occupants open fire on the merchant's bridge. "The pirates tried boarding and continued firing their weapons. There were seven persons onboard the boat wearing military style uniforms." Coalition helicopters drove off the attackers. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping)

The military intervention was made by non-Coalition forces, two helicopters from "the Malaysian warship Sri Indera Sakti and an unnamed Saudi Arabian warship." (Wikipedia, "List of ships attacked by Somali pirates," 12/31/09)

The Abdul Kalam Azad measures 238 meters and is registered in India. (Vesseltracker.com)