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While the news seems to consist mostly of first reports, and thus inherently suspect, it appears that a large amphibious ship, USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) at least attempted to render aid to a Danish ship, Danica White taken by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
See here and here for some details and additional links.
The standard practice for these pirates is to capture ships and then ransom ships and crews. Last reports had ship anchored off Hobyo, but the pirates move the ships regularly.
An "A" for effort to Carter Hall, especially given her limitations.
Note to the State Department: How about getting together with whomever we believe is in charge of Somalia and get a waiver of the ban on "hot pursuit" in Somali territorial waters? (Explained here)