NATO warship forces pirates to release ship

  • 17 Mar. 2010 -
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  • Last updated: 19 Mar. 2010 10:31

Nineteen crew members from a small Iranian cargo ship, SAAD 1, were freed from their Somali pirate captors on 17 March after being held for 5 months. This followed an intervention by the Italian ship ITS Scirocco, one of five NATO warships operating off the Horn of Africa as part of NATO's counter-piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield.