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Marine Log

October 30, 2007

Navy in action against Somali pirates

Korea's Yonhap news agency reports the South Korean Foreign Ministry as saying that a North Korean ship has been hijacked in Somali waters off the coast of Somalia. Reports Monday had wrongly identified the ship as South Korean.

The crew subsequently overpowered the pirates.

The Korean ship, with 22 crew members aboard, was seized off Mogadishu even as the U.S. Navy destroyer Arleigh Burke entered Somali waters in pursuit of a Japanese-owned, Panamanian-flagged ship the Golden Nori, seized by pirates off the Socotra islands in the Indian Ocean.

According to a CNN report, Arleigh Burke entered Somali waters with the permission of the transitional government in Mogadishu. The Golden Mori is carrying a cargo of highly flammable benzene

CNN says the Golden Mori radioed for help Sunday night. The Burke's sister ship , the USS Porter, responded, opening fire and sinking the pirate skiffs tied to its stern before the Burke took over shadowing the hijacked vessel.

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