07 May 2009

Incident: Bulk carrier fired upon

A bulk carrier saling in the Gulf of Aden (not otherwise identified) is fired upon at 0930 hours by seven pirates firing automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades. The pirates also deployed an aluminum ladder to board the ship. Taking evasive action, the carrier notified warships while taking evasive action. The arrival of a helicopter caused the attackers to break off and the arrival of a warship placed the attackers under arrest. No details. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 5/27/09)