Suspicious approach and warning shots fired in Bab El Mandeb 27.6.13

It has been reported that on Thursday 27th June at 1535Z, four ‘Somali-pirate' type skiffs approached an unidentified merchant ship under way in the Bab el Mandeb Strait. Crewmembers reported that each skiff had between five and six suspected pirates on board and that boarding ladders were visible. Subject vessel had a PMSC on board and after initial counter piracy measures did not deter the approach, warning shots were fired and the approach was aborted.