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  • Somali Pirates Get Amsterdamned
    Posted by Nicholas Fiorenza 8:58 AM on Nov 19, 2010

    Somali pirates have been taught another lesson by the Royal Netherlands Navy's Fast Combat Support Ship Amsterdam. On 17 October, the Amsterdam intercepted a group of pirates off the Somali coast, and not for the first time.

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    Royal Netherlands Marines bring whaler back to Amsterdam

    After observing them under cover of darkness, Royal Netherlands Marines seized the mother ship, a whaler. The Amsterdam's Lynx helicopter discovered 11 pirates on the whaler and two skiffs, which were carrying fuel and ladders. The pirates tried to prevent the seizure of the mother ship, but the Lynx fired on the skiffs, severely damaging one. The mother ship and its pirate equipment were then seized and moved to the Amsterdam.

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    Fried whaler

    After inspection by Dutch crew members, the mother ship was destroyed. It was not the first time pirate vessels intercepted by the Amsterdam ended up in flames and probably not the last time.

    Netherlands Ministry of Defense photos

    Tags: ar99, Somalia, pirates, Netherlands

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