NATO Indian Ocean Task Force involved in dramatic rescue of burning bulk carrier: NATO
30 Mar. 2013 NATO Indian Ocean Task Force involved in dramatic rescue of burning bulk carrier Early this morning, off the island of Masirah (Oman), the cargo bulk carrier 'Atlantic Confidence', Liberian flag, reported to have a fire in the engine room and requested assistance. Upon receiving the message, Admiral Antonio Natale, Commander of the NATO Task Force engaged in the fight against piracy off the Horn of Africa, promptly ordered the nearest vessel under his command, the frigate USS Nicholas to proceed at maximum speed and assist. Some minutes later, the Captain of 'Atlantic Confidence' ordered his crew of 21 Turkish seamen to abandon ship; assessing that the fire was now out of control. The U.S. Frigate took command of the rescue operation and dispatched its helicopter to cover the 80 miles to the vessel and assess the immediate needs. Upon reaching the scene it saw...