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Somali Pirates | December

The number of ships hijacked by the Somali pirates increased greatly over the past year, with the result that the whole world went to war against the pirates.

The Hong Kong flagged merchant ship M/V Overseas Hercules uses fire hoses as a countermeasure against a possible pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden December 2, 2008. According to NATO headquarters in Naples, the Italian naval destroyer ITS Luigi Durand de la Penne arrived following a distress call and instructed the vessel to use its fire hoses to thwart an attack. No attack was made on the ship. [China Daily

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