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February 11th, 2009
08:02 PM ET

Images from the arrest

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/africa/02/11/piracy.arrests/art.pirate.intercept.usnavy.jpg caption="Seven men suspected of trying to pirate a tanker raise their hands before their arrest in the Gulf of Aden."]
The U.S. Navy has captured seven suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the first arrests by a U.S.- led task force set up to curb the rampant piracy off the Horn of Africa, a Navy spokesman said Wednesday.

Sailors from the cruiser USS Vella Gulf arrested the men in the western Gulf of Aden after a distress call from the 128-meter (420-foot) tanker Polaris. The tanker reported men aboard a small skiff were attempting to board the ship using ladders, but its crew removed them before the would-be hijackers could get aboard, the Navy reported.

The Vella Gulf found and boarded the skiff, and the tanker's crew identified them as their would-be hijackers. The prisoners were taken aboard the Vella Gulf, the current flagship of the task force now patrolling the western Gulf of Aden, and eventually will be transferred to Kenya for trial, said Lt. Nate Christensen, a spokesman for the U.S. 5th Fleet.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Let's hope that hanging by the highest yardarm isn't off the table.

    February 12, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  2. McAndrew NY

    After the somalian pirates now this........
    These 'suspected' pirates should all be either shot dead or life imprisonment to act as a warning message to all the other pirates out there.....

    February 12, 2009 at 4:02 am |
  3. sean brizendine

    its about time they apprehended some of those pirates.
    "sean in santa rosa"

    February 12, 2009 at 2:16 am |
  4. abdullahi

    I really thank AC360,for their effort and updates.Abdullahi,Kenya

    February 12, 2009 at 2:04 am |
  5. abdullahi

    I believe piracy cannot be curbed in this world,let the somali's survive.....cheers.Kenya

    February 12, 2009 at 1:56 am |
  6. Thomas

    * Lehman Brothers yacht club *

    February 11, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  7. smokeybones

    Happy to finally see it. As a retired Navy Warrant Officer, I've been waiting to see when 5th Fleet would take action. Way to go Shipmates!

    By the way Anderson and team, great show.

    Smokeybones

    February 11, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  8. wileysnakeskins

    If you think and research this pirate issue right nowl it's the same situation that President Jefferson all the way back at the beginning of this country, sent our first few Naval battleships, schooners or whatever out to that are to knock down the pirates and guess what they were islamic/muslims just doing their everyday required jihad, robbing, pillaging and raping any and all ships that came their way. Sound familiar, we have been fighting jihadists islamic soldiers, pirates etc. since the false religion was created by the head bandit,, robber and child molester, mohammed. KNow you won't put this in, but you have to face the truth once in awhile.

    February 11, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    Now the U S Navy is cracking down on the free trade practices by interrupting the American Bank CEO Training Classes. These guys were just one hijacking away from being awarded their CEO Suits and given Top Executive Positions in American Banks. YA THINK?

    February 11, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  10. Chris K. Clinton Twp. MI.

    Sure their not American Ceo's in disguise.

    February 11, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  11. Paula Lovell, Wyo

    Except for the suits, these guys resemble the eight CEOs at the Senate hearing today.

    February 11, 2009 at 8:42 pm |
  12. Jim M

    A shame the cruiser just didn't use the boat for target practice.

    February 11, 2009 at 8:28 pm |