Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

NATO Warship Renders Assistance to Stricken Dhow

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 gennaio 2012

Over the weekend, ITS GRECALE, part of the NATO’s Counter Piracy Task Force Operation Ocean Shield, was tasked by NATO Task Force Commander to render assistance to the Iranian flagged dhow, Tahriri, which had reported an engine failure and was dead in the water. The dhow, with 5 Iranian and 9 Pakistani crew members, had recently been released from suspected Somali pirates by another NATO Task Force unit, HDMS ABSALON, on 7th January. On reaching the dhow, ITS GRECALE gave the crew food and water. Then a dedicated technical team worked through the night to fix the mechanical engine failure. Despite their best efforts, the ITS GRECALE team assessed that the engine was too badly damaged to repair at sea. NATO offered to transfer the crew to the closest port, but they chose to stay with their vessel. Tahriri’s crew said that after having assistance they felt safer and preferred to coordinate with their national authorities for further assistance. They expressed their appreciation for the assistance of the NATO warship.
ITS Grecale is remaining in the area to monitor the situation, ready to provide further assistance if required. NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.

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