Large antisubmarine ship "Marshal Shaposhnikov" Russian Navy released from captivity, the Russian tanker "Moscow University" with a team of 23 people and a cargo of oil aboard.
Operation Marine Corps to release the tanker lasted only 22 minutes.
One Somali was killed by return fire, even ten Marines have "live". Among the Russians were no injuries. Russian tanker, which was carrying 86 tonnes of crude oil, was hijacked by Somali pirates in Gulf of Aden in the morning May 5. Dogs on the two boats on several occasions attempted to attack the ship and take him to board the ship.
When the pirates opened fire with automatic weapons, the captain of the tanker, passing the message SOS, barricaded the crew in the engine compartment.
Thanks to the actions of Captain George Turlchinskogo, the pirates were unable to take hostage a single member of the crew and steer the vessel to the coast of Somalia, and the Marines - to conduct a successful attack tanker under cover of artillery fire and small arms from the BOD. All participants in the operation to free the tanker Moscow University in the near future will be submitted to the awards.
This year, Somali pirates have seized 11 vessels and took hostage 194 sailors. In the past year, "pirates" captured 47 ships around the world, which earned them ransom (about $ 82 million). Zone of Somali pirates has spread to the coasts of Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles and Madagascar.