An EU NAVFOR statement says the attack was successfully thwarted by the Southern Cross herself.
An EU NAVFOR ship and helicopter, in cooperation with a South Korean navy helicopter from CTF 151 have responded to an emergency call from a vessels identified only as the ? Southern Cross?. An EU NAVFOR statement says the attack was successfully thwarted by the Southern Cross herself. The EU NAVFOR Norwegian warship HNOMS Fridtjof Nansen subsequently boarded a suspect skiff in the vicinity. Equasis list an Italian-flag general cargo ship and a Japanese-flag bulk carrier under the the Southern Cross.
The statement says: ?In the late morning of 26 August the EU NAVFOR Norwegian warship HNOMS Fridtjof Nansen received an emergency call form the Italian m/v Southern Cross that she was under attack from pirates. The Southern Cross was transiting the Gulf of Aden, some 80 nautical miles south of Al Mukkala.?
The Fridtjof Nansen and the helicopter of the South Korean warship Daejoyoung from CTF 151 responded directly to the situation. As Fridtjof Nansen and the helicopter approached, the skiff with five people on board, broke off the attack after having fired several shots at the Southern Cross's bridge and escaped to the south.
The EU NAVFOR German warship FGS Bremen also launched her helicopter to join the search for the pirate skiff. In the afternoon the Bremen"s helicopter detected a suspicious skiff. The Fridtjof Nansen launched her fast RIBs with her boarding team and conducted a boarding. Weapons were seen thrown overboard. The skiff was released at dusk.