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Since October 2008, when the UK began counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa, there have been 31 separate interceptions of suspected pirate vessels by the Royal Navy. On 24 occasions, those intercepted were allowed to use one or more of the intercepted craft to return to Somalia, with enough of their own fuel and provisions to reach land. On five occasions it was necessary to give the suspected pirates an adequate supply of fuel, food or water to safely reach nearest land.
In a number of the aforementioned cases, where more than one suspected craft has been intercepted, the suspects have been transferred to one vessel to return to land, and the others destroyed. 20 such vessels have been destroyed to date. Furthermore, five vessels have been returned to their rightful owners.