NATO Task Force disrupts pirate attack

  • 24 May. 2009 -
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  • Last updated: 27 May. 2009 13:41

A Canadian frigate participating in NATO’s Operation Allied Protector off the coast of Somalia boarded two pirate skiffs on 24 May. A search of the vessels resulted in the seizure a significant stock of piracy equipment including arms and ammunition.

HS2009-E001-186 24 May 2009 HMCS Winnipeg  Shortly after the CH-124 Sea King reported seeing a suspicious skiff, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg stopped the skiff, boarded the vessel and found a cache of weapons.    Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg  is a Halifax-class patrol frigate commanded by Commander Craig Baines with a crew of approximately 240, including a CH-124 Sea King helicopter detachment.  Canada’s participation in Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), conducted under Operation SEXTANT, represents a continuing commitment to international peace and security. HMCS Winnipeg is the 5th Canadian Ship to deploy since 2006 to join the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), which represents a multi-national maritime force capable of conducting missions across a broad spectrum of operations anywhere around the world.   Please Credit: Corporal Rick Ayer,  Formation Imaging Services, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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