U.S. Navy Photo: Ransom Payment to Release MV Faina

by OldSailor on February 6, 2009


MV Faina was released by Somali pirates after receiving ransom payment. Here is an amazing photograph from U.S. Navy with a note.

Ransom money is dropped in the vicinity of the MV Faina off the coast of Somalia near Hobyo while under observation by a U.S. Navy ship. Pirates did not actually leave the ship until Feb. 5, more than 24 hours after this photo was taken. The Belize-flagged cargo ship is operated by Kaalbye Shipping Ukraine and is carrying a cargo of Ukranian T-72 tanks and related equipment. The ship was attacked Sept. 25, 2008 by pirates and forced to proceed to anchorage off the Somali Coast. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael R. McCormick/Released)


The above photograph is modified to highlight the payment of ransom. Actual photo is at U.S.Navy.

The vessel was released on February 05, after all of the 65 pirates that had been on board the hijacked vessel received the $3.2 million ransom.

Read more from RIA Novosti.

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