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U.S. Navy disrupts pirate attack

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Two U.S. Navy vessels disrupted a pirate attack in the Gulf of Oman
  • The warships destroyed two pirate skiffs, the military says

(CNN) -- Two U.S. Navy warships patrolling the Gulf of Oman disrupted an attack Friday by pirates on an oil tanker, the military said Friday.

The USS Momsen and the USS Bunker Hill responded to a call from the merchant vessel Duqm, whose crew reported pirates were attempting to board their ship.

The U.S. warships arrived to find two pirate skiffs pulled up to the tanker with ladders out to board the ship. The Navy vessels chased off the pirates and tracked their movements back to a larger ship from which they were operating in the Arabian Sea, the Navy said.

The Navy then fired on and destroyed the skiffs to prevent their use in further attacks, the Navy said.

The Navy did not report any injuries aboard any of the vessels.