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MV Magellan Star

A UH1N Twin Huey helicopter provides cover as Marines board the MV Magellan Star during a board and seizure.
Name: Magellan Star since 2009
Previously Judith Borchard, Gracechurch Star. Built as Pioneer Albatross.
Port of registry:  Antigua and Barbuda[1]
Laid down: 5 December 2000[2]
Launched: 28 March 2002[2]
Completed: 2002[1]
Identification: IMO number: 9242572
Call sign: V2OE7
MMSI:304408000 [1]
Notes: Classed by Germanischer Lloyd since 2002.[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Container ship[1]
Tonnage: 6,277 GT[1]
3,249 NT
7,933 DWT[2]
Length: 133.53 m (438.1 ft)[2]
Beam: 18.70 m (61.4 ft)[2]
Draught: 7.223 m (23.70 ft)[2]
Capacity: 735 TEU[2]
Crew: 19[2]

MV Magellan Star 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.[3][4] At the time it was captured by pirates the ship was traveling from Bilbao, Spain, to Singapore with a cargo of anchor chains.

The raid

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]


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Coordinates: 13°23′S 49°58′E / 13.383°S 49.967°E / -13.383; 49.967

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