ESPS Castilla Takes Custody Of Suspected Somali Pirates
120 nautical miles southwest of Socotra, the EU Naval Force ship ESPS Castilla took custody of six suspected Somali pirates, who allegedly attempted to seize the Spanish tuna fishing vessel FV Izurdia. Their transfer to Spain was ordered by Central Court of Prosecution no3, Madrid.
The suspect pirates were transported to ESPS Castilla by the helicopters of the Dutch Ship HNLMS Rotterdam, flagship of NATO Operation Ocean Shield. HNLMS Rotterdam captured the suspected pirates the day after the unsuccessful attack on the FV Izurdia.
On 31 October, arrangements for transit of the suspected pirates have concluded and they are en-route to a Spanish Court.
Naval Today Staff,November 1, 2012; Image: EU NAVFOR