Spessart entering New York harbour on 13 October 2004
|Commissioned:||5 September 1977|
|Class and type:||Rhön-class tanker|
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h)|
On 29 March 2009, as she was taking part in Operation Atalanta, Spessart was attacked by a 7-man pirate boat. In addition to the regular 40-man civilian crew, Spessart carried a 12-man security detail which exchanged small arm fire with the pirates, and repelled the assault. The ships HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën, HS Psara, SPS Victoria, USS Boxer and FGS Rheinland-Pfalz intervened and captured the pirates after a few hours of chase.
Sources and references
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