Navy: Pirates Fired On U.S. Helicopter

The U.S. Navy says pirates holding a hijacked ship off the coast of Somalia fired at one of its helicopters making a routine surveillance flight over the ship.

The Navy says pirates Wednesday morning fired a large caliber weapon at the helicopter which is based on the USS Chancellorsville. At the time the helicopter was flying over a Taiwanese-flagged vessel called the Win Far, south of the Somali port town of Hobyo.

The Navy said in a statement Thursday that no rounds of ammunition struck the helicopter and no injuries resulted from the incident.

Pirates captured Win Far and its 30-member crew in April.


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  • by leon Location: winterville on Aug 28, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    war on terrorist oops i mean freedom fighters is movated by the unrealistic sweet talk to thoes who want to destroy our nation.these people only respect the hammer!But the new leadership of the U.S.A.wants to give candy and gifts to our enemies,and insults to our brave men and women who wear the uniform of this once great nation!!!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    Ever notice all the trouble in Africa and the middle east have 2 things in common.now you can guess what they are.
  • by odd job on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    No wonder America is the laughing stock of the world,we don't want take bull by the horns. Quit pussyfooting with these poeple. Other countries want our help, but do it by their ways.Send them a AGM signed The USA!
  • by stewart Location: allen williams on Aug 27, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    If these pirates are as poor and hungry as they say, how come you never hear of one asking for chicken sandwich when they get onboard?
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Aug 27, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    This piracy thing is really out of hand. We have the technology, Oh yea, these people that are the pirates are muslims, so we cant offend!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My bad.... Buzz-
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