Danish navy vessel leads operation against Somali pirates

SomaliaCopenhagen - The Danish navy was involved over the weekend in an operation against pirates of the coast of Somalia, a Royal Danish Navy spokesman said Monday.

Spokesman Jesper Lynge told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that the Danish Task Group onboard the Danish navy vessel Absalon "led an operation" after reports that a civilian vessel was being threatened by pirates.

The Danish Task Group currently leads the Task Force 150.

Absalon, with a 100-strong crew and a 50-strong task force, has since early September been deployed in the waters off Somalia, Lynge said.

News reports had suggested the pirates on Sunday had tried to attack a cruise vessel.

The Danish vessel coordinated the operation from Oman where it had called to stock up supplies. (dpa)