12 February 2009

Incident: Prem Divya attacked

The 245-meter Indian tanker (Vesseltracker.com) Prem Divya sent out a general distress call after taking fire from a skiff. The USS missile ship Vella Gulf responded "and when the skiff attempted to escape after warning shots were fired," the USS Mahan, operating as part of CTF 151, "intercepted the retreat and arrested nine men onboard. A boarding conducted by both warships discovered weapons including one RPG." The detained men were earmarked for trial in Kenya. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 02/12/09)