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Pentagon Points Finger at Somali Pirates in Commercial Ship Seizure

Somali pirates seized control of a commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden over the weekend, prompting a swift and effective response from the United States Navy. 

The incident unfolded as the US Navy guided-missile destroyer and allied ships, part of a counter-piracy task force, received a distress call from the Central Park, which had been boarded by five armed individuals.

Crew Foils Ship Attack, Pentagon Confirms

Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder revealed that the attackers attempted to access the crew cabin, but the quick thinking of the crew members allowed them to lock themselves into a safe haven. 

The US and coalition ships rushed to the scene, demanding the release of the vessel. In response, the pirates fled. 

A visit board search and seizure (VBSS) team from the USS Mason pursued the assailants, firing warning shots, leading to their surrender and subsequent detention. The Central Park was then boarded to ensure the safety of the crew.

Surprisingly, despite the presence of three Chinese navy ships in the vicinity, reportedly part of a counter-piracy mission, they did not respond to the distress call from the Central Park. 

The lack of action from the Chinese ships raises questions about the effectiveness and coordination of international efforts to combat piracy in the region.

Following the successful resolution of the piracy incident, a separate and seemingly unrelated event occurred when two ballistic missiles were fired from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen towards the general location of the USS Mason and the Central Park. 

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US Navy Foils Somali Pirate Hijack in Gulf of Aden

Somali pirates seized control of a commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden over the weekend, prompting a swift and effective response from the United States Navy.

The Mason tracked the projectiles, but defensive measures were not necessary as the missiles fell into the Gulf of Aden about 10 nautical miles from the ships. The motive behind the missile launch remains unclear, and US defense officials are currently assessing the situation.

While the two incidents occurred in close proximity, US defense officials have emphasized that they do not appear to be directly related. The ship seizure is unequivocally labeled as a piracy-related incident by Ryder, who clarified that the attackers are not affiliated with the Houthi rebels.

The successful thwarting of the pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden underscores the importance of international cooperation in combating maritime threats. 

The incident also highlights the complex and dynamic nature of security challenges in the region, as demonstrated by the subsequent missile threat from Houthi-controlled areas. 

As the situation continues to unfold, the US and its allies remain vigilant, adapting to emerging threats and working to maintain stability in this critical maritime corridor.

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