From the VOICE OF RUSSIA: Ukrainian Crew Beat Off Somali Pirates [with Firearms]

Ukrainian Crew Beat Off Somali Pirates

March 26, 2010 18:30 Moscow Time
Photo: EPA

(Voice of Russia) Reports yet to be confirmed say the crew of the Africa Star container ship have successfully used firearms to beat off an attack by pirates 350 nautical miles off the Indian Ocean coast of Somalia. There are six Ukrainians, three Bulgarians and one Rumanian on board. In a similar incident a year ago, the same vessel spent 7 hours under automatic gunfire from pirates. It was built in 1988 and is operated by a company in Hong Kong. Its habitual destinations are along the eastern seaboard of Africa and in South Africa.

Who did the shooting? The crew? Or contract security? If it was the actual crew who used the firearms and not specialized contract security personnel what does that say for the reluctance or refusal of United States to arm U.S.-flagged vessels, i.e., container ships?


U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transporations and Infrastructure

Hearing on “Piracy Against U.S.-Flagged Vessels: Lessons Learned”

 Video of that hearing.


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