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Posted by on Jan 25, 2010 in Military | 0 comments

This just in: Pirates are still idiots…

MANAMA, Bahrain  —  The U.S. Navy says it overtook a suspected Somali pirate skiff that tried to attack a commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden.

A Navy statement issued Sunday says a security team aboard the merchant vessel Napht Al Yemen 1 repelled the Jan. 20 pirate attack without U.S. help.

The USS Porter stopped and boarded the pirate skiff later that day.

Somali piratesThe commercial ship is Yemeni owned but sails under a North Korean flag.

The incident marked a rare example of the U.S. military aiding North Korea, a reclusive rogue nation.

Piracy is among the fastest ways to make money in Somalia, a nation plagued by war and no functioning government.

Somali  pirates seized 47 vessels last year. They currently hold about 200 crew members hostage.

[Source:  Fox News]

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