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Royal Navy captures 13 Somali pirates

The Royal Navy has captured 13 Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, the Ministry of Defence says.

RFA Fort Victoria and a US Navy vessel intercepted the pirates' boat, which had refused to stop despite warning shots from a Royal Navy helicopter.

Royal Marines in speedboats approached the vessel and boarded it, capturing 13 pirates and seizing weapons.

Capt Shaun Jones RFA, commanding officer on RFA Fort Victoria, said: "To manoeuvre such a large ship at speed in close vicinity of a nimble dhow takes extreme concentration and skill; my team were never found wanting."

This latest operation was carried out around dawn on Friday.

The BBC's Peter Biles reports.

  • 15 Jan 2012