Victoria (F82) intercepts and destroys pirate skiff

Spanish defense ministry said the Santa Maria class frigate Victoria (F82) intercepted a whaling ship and some smaller boats. It said a search of the captured vessels revealed weapons and other items that could be used to attack ships.

The Spanish frigate destroyed the whaling ship - believed to be operating as a "mothership" for the pirates - and took the eight suspects on a smaller vessel towards Somalia. The Santa Maria class of frigates are the Spanish Navy's designation for six locally-built warships based on the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates of the United States Navy.

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