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Sunday
Mar062011

Japanese Tanker, Crew Rescued from Pirates by US Destroyer

The Agency Collectiom/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images (file)(MANAMA, Bahrain) -- A U.S. Navy destroyer saved a Japanese-owned oil tanker from pirate capture this weekend east of Oman.

According to a press release form the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the USS Bulkeley was able to save the 24-member crew of the oil tanker MV Guanabara. Four pirates were captured in the rescue.

The Bulkeley received a distress call from the tanker Saturday in the waters near Duqm, Oman. The CMF's counter-piracy mission, with assistance from Turkish warship TCG Giresun and NATO, secured the release of the ship and its crew early Sunday.

No gunfire was exchanged in the rescue.

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