U.S. Destroyer Thwarts Pirate Attack on Turkish Merchant Ship

A U.S. destroyer thwarted a pirate attack on a Turkish-flagged merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden yesterday, the Turkish military said.

Turkey notified a unified command center of the attack on the ship, the 26 Agustos, and the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Shoup was dispatched to the vessel as its crew sought refuge in a machinery room, the army said in a statement released today..

The pirates were unable to take control of the ship, owned by Turkish firm Nemtas Denizcilik, and fled on small boats after warning shots were fired from a helicopter, the army said. The 26 Agustos was en route from Romania to Bangladesh, it said.

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