Republic of Korea Navy has freed MV Samho Jewelry from Somali pirates on January 21, by carrying out a commando operation “Dawn at the Gulf of Aden” lasting for five hours. Interestingly this operation was carried out after consulting U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet present in Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea.
Some interesting features of this commando operation are:
- On January 15, MV Samho Jewelry with 21 crew (Myanmar -11, Korean –8, Indonesian -2) was pirated approximately 350 nautical miles South East of the port of Muscat, Oman.
- President Lee Myung-Bak of the Republic of Korea, authorized a commando operation as Korea does not tolerate attacks on any of its people.
- On January 21, South Korean Navy’s Sunshin-class destroyer Choi Young (DDH 981) with 300 special forces onboard, stormed the merchant vessel to free from Somali pirates about 1,300km (800 miles) off the coast of Somalia in the Arabian Sea.
- During this operation, eight Somali pirates were killed and five were captured.
- Unfortunately, Seok Hae-kyun (57) the Captain of the warship suffered injury due to firing from a pirate’s AK rifle. The Captain was evacuated by U.S. military helicopter to Salalah for treatment.
Here are some photographs.
Commando operation in MV Samho Jewelry (photo from MOD, Republic of Korea)
Photograph of Sunshin-class destroyer Choi Young (DDH 981) from U.S. Navy website.
View a video clip from You Tube: Video of rare raid on Somali pirates as commandos storm hijacked ship
Also view a video clip from CNN: South Korean Navy Battles Pirates
Read more from
- BBC News: South Korea rescues Samho Jewelry crew from pirates
- The Chosun Ilbo: Freed Korean Ship Headed for Oman
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