French Frigate Nivose Captures Mother Ship with 11 Somali Pirates

by OldSailor on April 16, 2009

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eunavfor French light surveillance frigate Nivose (F732), part of EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) on anti-piracy operations off Somalia, intercepted a pirate mother ship on April 15, and arrested 11 Somali pirates.

Some of the interesting features of operation by Nivose are:

  • On the evening of April 14, Liberia flagged 21,000 tonne MV Safmarine Asia was attacked by Somali pirates with small arms and Rocket Propelled GrenadeFollow_the_French (RPG) from two skiffs that were operating in close company with a mother ship.
  • The frigate foiled the attack by chasing them away with her helicopter.
  • She followed the pirate boats overnight and captured the pirates and their mother ship, 500 nautical miles east of Mombasa.
  • The captured 33 foot mother ship was carrying 17 drums of fuel (each 200 litres capacity) and two assault skiffs.
  • The frigate is now en route to Mombasa with the vessels in tow.

Here are some photographs from the French Defense Ministry website.

Frigate Nivose (F732)

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Photograph of the captured skiff.

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Photograph of the captured mother ship with fuel drums.

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Read more from the French Defense Ministry (English translation).

Read more from EU NAV FOR, Somalia.

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