Military

Korean/U.S. Helicopters Ward Off Pirates

By Staff Writer | May 15, 2009

A Korean navy destroyer called Munmu the Great launched a helicopter to ward off an attack by Somali pirates against a 74-ton Egyptian-flagged vessel transiting through the troubled Gulf of Aden region. Once airborne, the Korean aircraft joined with a U.S. helicopter and used gunfire to turn the pirates away. Although this is the first time a Korean helicopter has reportedly teamed with a U.S. helicopter to thwart an assault against a ship at sea, it is the fourth time assets of the Korean navy have engaged pirates. The previous times were in defense of vessels registered in Denmark, Panama and North Korea. For additional information

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