Windsor Star

CANADIAN DESTROYER SCARES OFF PIRATES

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A Canadian warship has helped thwart a pirate attack on an Italian freighter in the Gulf of Aden.

HMCS Iroquois was only 60 km from the MV Orsolina Bottiglier­i off the Yemeni coast when it was swarmed by Somali pirates just after sunset on Sept. 3.

As the Halifax-based destroyer closed quickly on the Orsolina Bottiglier­i, a helicopter from a nearby U.S. warship was also sent to the scene. These actions caused the pirates to flee before they could board the freighter, which was carrying barley.

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