A Royal New Zealand Navy captain has led another operation against pirates in the Gulf of Aden.
Six armed men boarded a Maltese-flagged, Greek-owned bulk carrier in the Southern Red Sea on Saturday, after firing two shots.
The 24 Filipino crew took shelter in a secure room on the 63,000 ton ship and raised the alarm.
Captain Jim Gilmour sent British warship HMS Monmouth to intercept the vessel and a helicopter was launched to assess the situation.
A team of Royal Marine Commandos boarded and found the attackers had fled. The crew was then freed, unharmed.
At the end of June, Captain Gilmour took charge of an anti-piracy mission being conducted by the United States-led Combined Maritime Forces.