Royal Navy attack Somali pirates

BLAST HMS Westminster's Merlin helicopter destroys a  pirate skiff
BLAST HMS Westminster's Merlin helicopter destroys a pirate skiff

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IN a huge explosion at sea, the Royal Navy deals a body blow to Somali pirates.

The pirate skiff was blown out of the water by HMS Westminster’s Merlin helicopter, which shot at the vessel, setting fire to fuel tanks.

BLAST HMS Westminster's Merlin helicopter destroys a  pirate skiff

BLAST HMS Westminster's Merlin helicopter destroys a pirate skiff

The pirate crew fled to another vessel before the attack and 12 were arrested without a fight by boarding teams from the Portsmouth-based frigate shortly after.

It is one of three counter-piracy missions carried out by Westminster in a seven-month stint in the Indian Ocean.

The photos of last month’s raid were released yesterday.