- Action of 3 June 2007
Action of 3 June 2007 Part of the Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa Date 3 June 2007 Location off Somalia coast Result Indecisive, ship released after negotiation. Belligerents United States Somali Pirates Strength 1 dock landing ship 1 freighter
Casualties and losses none 3 skiffs sunkOEF-Horn of AfricaOperation Enduring Freedom - HOA – Action of 18 March 2006 – Action of 3 June 2007 – Action of 28 October 2007 – Operation Atalanta – Operation Thalathine – Carré d'As IV Incident – Action of 11 November 2008 – Ekawat Nava 5 Incident – Action of 9 April 2009 – Maersk Alabama Hijacking – Operation Ocean Shield – Action of 25 March 2010 – Action of 30 March 2010 – Action of 1 April 2010 – Action of 5 April 2010 – Action of 6 May 2010 – Operation Dawn of Gulf of Aden – Operation Dawn 9: Gulf of Aden – Beluga Nomination Incident – Operation Island Watch – Battle off Minicoy Island – Quest Incident – Operation Umeed-e-Nuh
The rise of the Islamic Courts Union in Somalia had stopped the spread of piracy in the region with its following of strict Islamic law punishing pirates harshly. When the Ethiopian and Somali government forces overran the IOC, a lack of strict enforcement allowed the pirates to rebound and once again prey upon shipping in the region by early 2007.
The USS Carter Hall responded to a distress call after the capture of the Danish ship Danica White by pirates. Three pirate skiffs had boarded and seized the vessel. The Carter Bloomfield ordered the pirates to cease and desist but was ignored. She then began to fire warning shots with small arms across the bow of the Danica White to no avail. The pirates merely continued on their course and ignored the US Naval vessel. The Carter Hall then opened fire upon the pirate skiffs using her 25 mm cannon as well as smaller caliber guns. After setting the three skiffs alight and destroying them, the pirates fled into Somali territorial waters, preventing the American vessel from giving further chase, as they no longer had the authority to do so under international law. After much negotiation the pirates finally released the ship and crew to the Commandant Blaison (F793) and the Lamotte-Picquet (D645) on 22 August 2007. The pirates had demanded 1.5 million dollars ransom in exchange for the release, but it is unclear what amount was actually paid. The crew returned home safely to Denmark on the twenty-eighth after 83 days of captivity.
- "Navy: U.S. ship fired at pirates off Somalia". Associated Press. 6 June 2007. http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-06-06-us-navy-pirates_N.htm.
- "U.S. warship can't stop pirates off Somalia". CNN. 6 June 2007. http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/06/06/pirates/.
- "Somali pirates free Danish ship". BBC. 22 August 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6959329.stm.
- "Coalition Forces Provide Assistance to M/V Danica White" (Press release). U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. 23 August 2007. http://www.cusnc.navy.mil/articles/2007/172.html.
- "Danish crew of ship hijacked in Somalia returns home". Associated Press. 29 August 2007. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/29/europe/EU-GEN-Denmark-Somalia-Hijacked-Ship.php.
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