MV Sun Express
A UH1N Twin Huey helicopter provides cover as Marines board the MV Magellan Star during a board and seizure.
|Name:||Sun Express since 2012
Previously Magellan Star, Conmar Cape, Judith Borchard, Gracechurch Star. Built as Pioneer Albatross.
|Port of registry:||Antigua and Barbuda1|
|Laid down:||5 December 20002|
|Launched:||28 March 20022|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9242572
Call sign: V2OE7
|Notes:||Classed by Germanischer Lloyd since 2002.1|
|Class & type:||Container ship1|
|Length:||133.53 m (438.1 ft)2|
|Beam:||18.70 m (61.4 ft)2|
|Draught:||7.223 m (23.70 ft)2|
MV Sun Express is a German-owned container ship registered under the flag of convenience of Antigua and Barbuda. A U.S. Marine Maritime Raid Force stormed the ship off the Somalia coast on September 9, 2010, reclaiming control from pirates who had seized the ship and taking nine prisoners without firing a shot.34 At the time it was captured by pirates the ship was traveling from Bilbao, Spain, to Singapore with a cargo of anchor chains.
Just before dawn, the U.S. team from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force launched the assault from aboard the USS Dubuque, an amphibious transport ship. It was the first time U.S. military forces off Somalia had staged an action to board a commercial vessel in which pirates were on board with hostages, said a U.S. Navy spokesman.5
- "Magellan Star (9242572)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. http://www.equasis.org/EquasisWeb/restricted/ShipList?fs=ShipSearch&P_PAGE=1&P_IMO=9242572. Retrieved 2010-09-12.(registration required)
- "Magellan Star (110075)". Register online. Germanischer Lloyd. http://www.gl-group.com/register/index.jsp?STyp=204&RegNo=110075. Retrieved 2010-09-12.
- US Marines take back pirate-held ship off Somalia
- U.S. Forces Take Ship From Somali Pirates, New York Times, September 9, 2010
- U.S. forces board pirate-captured vessel, seize control
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