There be turmoil on the high seas yesterday, as the Russian navy swooped in to the Gulf of Aden and blocked Somali pirates from hijacking a Dutch ship. Naval historians say the incident bears a resemblance to absolutely nothing.
Here’s how it went down, according to my sources (aka the Internet):
Six pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades at the ship, which took evasive maneuvers while calling for help, said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau’s piracy reporting center in Malaysia.
The pirates chased the vessel for about 30 minutes but aborted their attempt to board the ship after a Russian warship and helicopter arrived at the scene, Choong said.
Speaking from experience, the last thing you want to see when hijacking a Dutch boat is a Russian warship. Those guys are still pissed about losing the Red October to Alec Baldwin back in 1989.
Russian navy saves Dutch ship from Somali pirates [Boston.com]