Danish frigate has the mandate to arrest pirates and seize weapons in Gulf of Guinea

The Danish frigate, which is to be deployed in the Gulf of Guinea to fight piracy, will have the mandate needed to arrest pirates and seize weapons, the Ministry of Defense informs ShippingWatch. Prosecuting the pirates, however, is more problematic, assesses maritime researcher.

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Come fall, when Denmark deploys a frigate to the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa to combat pirates and protect merchant vessels, the naval vessel will also be equipped with a strong mandate.

According to plan, the Danish frigate will be permitted to operate in "the entire Gulf of Guinea" and will, among other things, be allowed to "arrest and board pirate vessels as well as seize the pirates' weapons and equipment."

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