US Navy Detains Pirates, Rescues Iranian Crew [VIDEO/IMAGES]
ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 5, 2012) A U.S. Navy SH-60S Sea Hawk provides support to a visit, board, search and seizure team (VBSS) in a 7-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat, assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100). The VBSS team boarded an Iranian-flagged fishing dhow Al Molai after the dhow’s master stated he was being held captive by pirates. The Kidd’s VBSS team detained 15 suspected pirates who were reportedly holding a 13-member Iranian crew hostage for the last two months. Kidd is conducting counter-piracy and maritime security operations while deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
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