03 May 2009

Incident:France captures 11 pirates

Two Somali fast craft bearing armed men closed with the French warship 600 miles off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Eleven armed pirates were arrested after they realized their mistake. (Reuters, 05/03/09)

The ship in question was the French frigate Nivôse.
...mistaken for a merchant ship, Nivôse sailed into the sun to avoid being identified; as the pirates closed in, she turned about, launching her on-boarded helicopter and fast outboard vessels.
(Wikipedia, "List of ships attacked by Somali pirates," 12/31/09)