>TCG Giresun Helps M/T Guanabara

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Today, F-491 TCG Giresun assisted to Japanese owned and Bahamian flagged tanker Guanabara.

The tanker was attacked by Somali pirates 330 miles south east of Duqm, Oman. The pirates were able to to board the ship but the crew hide in side a safe room.

Turkish contribution to Standing NATO Maritime Task Group 2 (CTF-508), TCG Giresun was diverted to help the tanker.

The frigate arrived at the vicinity of the tanker in the morning of 6. March 2011. The frigate established contact to the crew of the tanker and the on obard helicoper was send to reconnaissance and surveillance. Apeerantly the pirates gave up their efforts to hi jack the ship and with the arrival of TCG Giresun they decided to surrender.

Later the US destroyer DDG-84 USS Bulkeley arrived at the scene and the boarding team of the US warship, boarded the tanker. The boarding was unopposed by the pirates. The pirates are under custody on board of the USS Bulkeley.

Since then, TCG Giresun returned to her orginally assigned area of duty.

For more photos and for the original press release of the Turkish General Staff click here.

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