Dubai: An Australian naval ship, HMAS Melbourne, has caught nine Somali pirates on two skiffs some 500 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. The skiffs had attacked a Spanish trawler and a tanker in the past week. The skiffs and all equipment belonging to the Somalis was destroyed.
Commander Brian Schlegel, HMAS Melbourne commanding officer, said: “It is clear that there are still pirates out there determined to generate income from taking merchant ships hostage. Mariners have been served a timely reminder of the perils of transiting the Somali coastline.” [21/10/13]