Copenhagen - Dutch authorities on Tuesday took custody of five suspected pirates held since early January on a Danish navy vessel that averted an attempted piracy attack off the Somalian coast, a Danish navy spokesman said.
The handover took place in Bahrain. The five men were likely to be taken to the Netherlands to face possible charges, the spokesman said.
The Absalon has been deployed in the waters off Somalia since early September, patrolling international shipping lanes in the region.
Dan B Termansen, commanding officer on the Absalon, issued a statement saying the vessel was heading back for the Gulf of Aden to resume patrols.