Somali Pirates Fire on U.S. Merchant Vessel


Somali pirates fired on a U.S.-flagged merchant vessel south of the Gulf of Aden today, military officials reported.

Pirates attacked the motor vessel Liberty Sun with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. The crew put out a distress call received by the U.S. Coast Guard.

“The pirates were not successful in their attempt to board the vessel,” said Navy Lt. Nate Christensen, a spokesman for the Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain. “The USS Bainbridge, [which] was in the general vicinity, responded to ensure Liberty Sun wasn’t in peril.” The pirates had fled by the time the Bainbridge arrived.

The Bainbridge put a security detail aboard the Liberty Sun.


  1. “U.S. Coast Guard? Interesting.”

    The U.S. Coast guard and Dommino Pizza were the only “800” numbers the captain had programmed on his cellphone.

    Maybe he should have called Domminos and ordered 20 large pies with sausage toppings for the pirates. After firing RPG’s and AK’s the pirates surely worked up a huge appetite.

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