Coalition Warship Thwarts Pirate Attack in Arabian Sea

Story Number: NNS071125-01Release Date: 11/25/2007 3:15:00 PM
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From Combined Maritime Forces Public Affairs

ARABIAN SEA (NNS) -- British Navy warship HMS Campbeltown saved a civilian cruise liner from potential pirate attack while on coalition patrol in the Arabian Sea.

The Seabourn Spirit's call for help was taken at the Bahrain headquarters of Royal Navy and coalition operations in the Gulf, as the liner transited for Muscat, Oman. The crew had grown increasingly concerned about small skiffs believed to be pirates closing on their position.

Pirates are known to operate in the area - the Seabourn Spirit was attacked by armed criminals in nearby waters exactly two years ago. A number of vessels have been successfully hijacked in waters off Somalia this year.

Over 120 nautical miles away Campbeltown's maritime attack Lynx helicopter was dispatched to the scene to provide assistance. Upon arrival, the suspected pirates had broken off the chase of Seabourn Spirit.

The captain of the Seabourn Spirit thanked the Royal Navy for its assistance.

Most importantly, Campbeltown's actions have demonstrated to vessels transiting the Combined Task Force 150 operating area that the coalition warships continue to make positive contributions to the region.

Campbeltown Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Gordon Abernethy, Royal Navy, said, "It is extremely rewarding to be of assistance and know that our presence reassures law-abiding mariners going about their normal business."

Campbeltown is currently one month into a seven-and-a-half month deployment east of the Suez Canal.

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