Press Release | Feb. 4, 2011

US Navy ships disrupt pirate attack

By None , US Naval Forces Central Command


A small boat being towed by a suspected pirate mothership in the Arabian Sea is destroyed by USS Momsen (DDG 92), after the guided-missile destroyer received a distress call and disrupted an attack on a commercial oil tanker. Photo by Chief Hull Maintenance Technician John Parkin.

ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 4, 2011) — USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) disrupted a pirate attack on Panamanian flagged merchant vessel Duqm, Feb. 2 in the Gulf of Oman.

While transiting in international waters, the merchant vessel reported that pirates were attempting to board the vessel.  Momsen and Bunker Hill, which were in the vicinity, immediately responded to the Duqm’s distress signal and caused two pirates skiffs alongside the vessel with ladders against its hull to flee the area.

Momsen and Bunker Hill tracked the skiffs movement and located the mothership that facilitated the attempted boarding of Duqm, towing the two empty skiffs.  Consistent with the U.N. Security Council resolutions on piracy and U.S. rules of engagement, Momsen destroyed the two skiffs to prevent their use for future attacks.

Momsen and Bunker Hill are deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations.