|Allied Maritime |
Command Headquarters Northwood
After only 4 days into her latest NATO counter-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden, British navy warship HMS Montrose has disrupted a group of suspected pirates believed to be about to attack a North Korean merchant vessel who was transiting the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden.
HMS Montrose received a distress call from the MV Mi Rae who reported that a gang of men in a nearby boat were acting in a suspicious manner. Fearing that a pirate attack was imminent, the Commanding Officer from HMS Montrose responded immediately by sending the ship’s Lynx helicopter to investigate the scene.
When HMS Montrose’s helicopter arrived at the scene, the suspected pirates moved away from the MV Mi Rae and the helicopter crew observed the men in the boat throwing objects, including a rocket propelled grenade launcher, overboard before stopping in the water.
HMS MONTROSE immediately despatched her team of Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors to investigate and question the suspected pirates.
The Ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Jonathan Lett Royal Navy, said: "HMS Montrose has quickly and effectively deterred piracy in the Gulf of Aden and I am proud of my ship’s company. As part of the NATO counter-piracy task force, HMS Montrose is providing much reassurance to the merchant shipping community".