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Somali Pirate Lair Destroyed

There may be hope on the horizon for cruisers wanting to take the easy way to the Med through the Gulf of Aden, an area that in recent years has been rife with pirates. Last week, European Union naval forces launched the first-ever offensive strike against Somali pirates. Attack helos reportedly blew a supply center to smithereens, including nine speed boats, arms and fuel supplies. No one was injured in the attack. The raid was conducted with the full knowledge and cooperation of the Somali government, and EU forces promise more strikes are planned for the future.

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Earlier in the month, we wrote about a German exchange student looking for a sailing host family during his stay in the U.S.