27 Jul 2011

US-led navy flotilla scares off pirates

10:38 pm on 27 July 2011

A US-led navy flotilla off Somalia commanded by a New Zealand captain has intercepted a pirate boat that had a merchant ship in its sights.

The crew of the craft were trying to board the ship armed with grappling hooks, rocket launchers and machine guns.

Captain Jim Gilmore, speaking from on board the taskforce flagship, the cruiser USS Anzio, says they were able to deter the pirates, then board their boat after a three-hour pursuit.

He says however it is was not straightforward case of arresting the pirates, as there is absolutely no chance of Somalia putting them on trial.