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.
HMS Montrose's Commanding Officer, Commander...