Somali Piracy: USS Bainbridge Saves U.S.Flagged Vessel MV Liberty Sun

by OldSailor on April 17, 2009

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USS_Bainbridge_DDG96_CrestTireless Somali pirates again targeted a U.S.flagged merchant vessel within three days of U.S.Navy’s successful rescue operation of Capt. Richard Phillips of Maersk Alabama on April 12.

Some of the developments are:

  • U.S.flagged merchant vessel MV Liberty Sun was attacked by Somali pirates on April 14, with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades.
  • The vessel was south of the Gulf of Aden during the attack and the vessel raised a distress call.
  • The guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) in the vicinity, responded to ensure safe passage to Liberty Sun.
  • After seeing USS Bainbridge, the pirates fled the area.
  • The vessel with about 20 U.S.crew was on humanitarian mission carrying food aid to Mombasa, Kenya.
  • The specification of the vessel is at Liberty Maritime Corporation.

Here is the photograph of MV Liberty Sun from Liberty Maritime Corporation.

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Here is the photograph of USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) from the U.S.Navy.

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Log on to USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), for more details.

Read more about the Somali piracy attack, from BBC News.

View an interesting video clip: American Ship the Liberty Sun Attacked by Vengeful Somali Pirates — 4.15.09

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