A St. Vincent and the Grenadines-flagged cargo ship was hijacked Sunday morning in the Indian Ocean near Somalia, the European Union Naval Force said.
The MV Rak Afrikana cargo ship was taken approximately 280 nautical miles (322 miles) West of the Seychelles. The waters near Somalia are hotbed of piracy.
The naval forces sent the ITS Scirocco to the investigate, EU NAVFOR said.
The Rak Afrikana had been reporting engine problems and was stopped, the naval forces said.
The size and nationality of the crew was not immediately known.