Archive for February 13, 2009

Russian Navy Rescues Iranian Vessel From Somali Pirates   1 comment

ka2712.02.09: The Russian heavy missile cruiser “Peter the Great” stopped three pirate ships off the coast of Somalia, and detained 10 pirates, according to a statement released Friday by Russian Navy headquarters in Moscow.

A Russian Ka-27 helicopter (NATO designation “Helix”), developed for antisubmarine warfare, which took off from the cruiser, had located two small boats, which were moving toward an Iranian fishing vessel at high speed.

When the pirates in the small boats spotted the helicopter overhead, the boats began slowing down, then veered off toward their support vessel, which was adrift nearby.

The helicopter crew could see pirates in the two motor boats throwing weapons into the sea, and kept chasing the boats until the “Peter the Great” arrived in the area.