Aircraft Disrupts Pirates in the Arabian Sea
28 January an Australian AP-3C Orion aircraft assisted
a merchant vessel under attack by pirates in the Arabian
Orion was conducting a routine surveillance patrol for
the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) when it was re-tasked
to investigate a pirate attack taking place on the MV
New York Star .
Orion crews operate from a great height and are usually
unseen elements of Australia's overall contribution
to maritime security in the Middle East region,” said
MAJGEN Angus Campbell, Commander Joint Task Force 633.
this occasion, the pirates knew they were being closely
watched as the aircraft descended to a lower altitude.”
NATO warship, tasked by CMF, sailed to assist the MV
New York Star and deployed a boarding team.
After securing the merchant vessel, the crew of the
MV New York Star released themselves from
the ship's anti-piracy stronghold.
taken from the AP-3C showed the pirates firing rocket
propelled grenades at the MV New York Star
during the attack on the vessel.
incident comes only weeks after HMAS Melbourne
came to the aid of the tanker MV CPO China ,
which was being boarded by pirates in the Arabian Sea.
efforts of HMAS Melbourne , which has now rotated
with HMAS Stuart , and the AP-3C Orions, underpins
Australia's assistance to providing security to maritime
trade transiting the Middle East area of operations,”
said MAJGEN Campbell.
these are by no means isolated efforts,” said MAJGEN
Campbell, “they're doing this day in and day out throughout
their deployments to the Middle East.”