Magellan Star Released By Marines “Without A Shot”

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Sep 092010

U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8), center, deploys U.S. Marine Corps Cobra attack helicopters Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 during a board and seizure operation. (US Navy photo by Cryptologic Technician 2nd Class William Farmerie/Released)

US Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs has issued the following release:

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) — At approximately 5 am local time, Sept. 9, 24 US Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force (MRF) aboard USS Dubuque (LPD eight) operating under Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), boarded and seized control of Antigua-Barbuda-flagged, German–owned vessel M/V Magellan Star from pirates who attacked and boarded the vessel early Sept 8.

This successful mission by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) secured the safety of the ship’s crew and returned control of the ship to the civilian mariners. Nine pirates are currently under control of CTF 151, pending further disposition. This ship’s crew has not reported any injuries or casualties. There were no reported injuries from the U.S. Maritime Raid Force. Continue reading »