Royal Marines destroy pirate vessel.


Royal Marines based onboard the Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose destroyed a boat last Nov. 24 used by pirates off the coast of Somalia to attack merchant ships.

The Marines, from Plymouth-based frigate HMS Montrose, fired their machine guns at the pirate vessel as they hovered above it in the warship's Lynx helicopter.

The incident took place during a routine patrol off the Somali coast Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, when the helicopter identified the suspect boat as the whaler from MV Aly Zoulfecar, which had been acting as a pirate "mother ship" since it was hijacked on Nov. 3, 2010.


The whaler was anchored off a known pirate camp and, once permission had been given to take it out, the Royal Marines marksmen fired their M3M .50 BMG machine guns and destroyed it.

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