It is being reported on German TV and in the press that the M.S. Astor was last Friday saved from a pritae attack in the Gulf of Aden whena German frigate came to it's rescue and fired warning shots. I have only found articles in German so far:

http://www.welt.de/vermischtes/artic...-MS-Astor.html

The MV Athena earlier this week beat off a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...04/2437643.htm

Ron