Pirate Buster Absalon Strikes Again!
The tiny Danish Navy continues to be a major force in the anti-piracy fight, mainly with the Absalon command sloop in the forefront. Story from NATO:
On Sunday 28 February 2010 the NATO flagship HDMS ABSALON undertook direct action to disrupt the piracy in the Somali Basin by scuttling a pirate mother skiff, one of the large, open boats that pirates use to transport and support their attack teams to offshore hunting areas. The ABSALON is the flagship of NATO’s current counter-piracy operation Ocean Shield off the Horn of Africa.
The mother skiff was scuttled by use of specialist teams from ABSALON after it was intercepted by ABSALON’s boarding team. It had been located earlier in the day having just left a well known pirate camp located on the eastern Somali coastline, fully loaded with pirate equipment and supplies.
This is the second such action in a month’s time involving Absalon. In early February Danish special forces on the warship recaptured a merchant vessel recently taken over by pirates. This was the first such incident of an European Union Naval Force vessel had taken direct action to prevent a hijacking.
Hat tip to D.E. Reddick.