Friday, February 27, 2009
Military Monitoring Vessel Seizure
TAMPA -- Somali pirates seized the Panamanian ship Straat Malakka at 11:30 EST this morning. The whereabouts of the ship have not been released at this time, and the United States CENTCOM is currently closely monitoring the situation.
“CTF-151 is in the area,” said Col. Anthony Russo, a public information officer. Combined Task Force 151 is a fleet of U.S. ships under the authority of CENTCOM dedicating to fighting piracy.
Additionally, the contents of the ship and the status of the crew are unknown.
Russo said Commander William Frost, pictured at right, will be monitoring the situation over the weekend.
at 5:20 PM