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Australian navy ship nabs Somali pirates

An Australian navy ship captured Somali pirates who fired on a supertanker near the Horn of Africa before a navy helicopter blew up their skiffs.

HMAS Melbourne, which destroyed the pirates’ boats, was patrolling as part of a multinational anti-piracy task force, according to Business Insider Australia.

Nine men were arrested after a Seahawk helicopter traced the skiffs and guided the Royal Australian Navy warship to them 500 nautical miles off the Somali coast, according to a statement from the Combined Maritime Forces.

Once the pirates — who are also believed to have recently fired upon a Spanish fishing vessel — were off the skiffs, an Australian navy helicopter blew them up.

Two skiffs were destroyed, along with “associated pirate equipment.”

The Combined Maritime Forces are a cooperative effort among 29 countries that patrol international water, guarding against piracy.

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