Avenue Beauty: executes anti-piracy measures

USS San Jacinto Public Affairs

GULF OF ADEN, June 1, 2010 – The U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto yesterday disrupted nine suspected Somali pirates from attacking a Maltese-flagged vessel that was transiting here.

The San Jacinto responded to a distress call from the M/V Avenue Beauty, which was transiting 90 miles north of Somalia when the crew reported they were under attack by pirates. Upon hearing gun shots, the Avenue Beauty’s chief officer sounded a general alarm and directed the crew to execute counter-piracy measures, which caused the pirate skiff to call off the attack.

The San Jacinto responded to the attack and dispatched a helicopter to follow the fleeing skiff. Aboard the aircraft, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Casey Halliwell tracked the skiff on radar as it speeded south toward the Somali coast.

The skiff, with nine suspects on board, failed to comply with the chopper’s order to stop. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Corey Whittle then fired warning shots across the suspect vessel’s bow and stern, compelling the skiff to stop.

8612 9470143 AVENUE BEAUTY 9HDH9 Bulker 16988 2008 Malta

company: V Ships Asia Pte. Ltd., Singapore Roberto Giorgi
reg. owner: Spac Shg. Ltd., Malta
ex- QIN FENG 117 (China)

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