Vectis Osprey

Nigerian Warship defends British vessel from pirates

On 17 August armed pirates approached and boarded a British cargo ship that was underway. The Captain raised the alarm and the Nigerian Navy promptly came to its aid and intercepted the pirate attack. The pirates were stopped by the Navy's firepower and swiftly turned away.

The Navy embarked the cargo ship and rescued the crew, who had already locked them selves in the citadel.

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China Satellite Launch

A high-tech satellite launched by China on 10 August will help the country protect its maritime interests, especially amid rising tensions in the South China Sea.

Experts have said that the Gaofen 3 high-resolution Earth observation satellite will also improve the nation's ability to forecast natural calamities.

The new satellite has been developed by the China Academy of Space Technology in Beijing. It has a service life of eight years and is reportedly capable of generating radar images, irrespective of the weather conditions.

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Pirates open fire

At least 15 pirates fire shots upon a cable laying vessel in the Red Sea

A cable laying vessel reported that 16 heavily armed pirates on board two skiffs opened fire on their vessel west of Jazirat al Hanish al Kabir island in the Red Sea. The assailants were armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK47 assault rifles when they targeted the cable ship, which was travelling at 0.5 knots. The embarked armed security team fired warning shots at the gunmen before the skiffs moved away. The merchant vessel reported that it was safe.

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