Skip to comments.Norfolk-based ship fired upon, captures six pirates ( USS ASHLAND LSD 48)
Posted on 04/10/2010 12:45:26 PM PDT by csvset
A Norfolk-based dock landing ship has captured six pirates after being fired upon in the Gulf of Aden, the Navy announced today.
It is the fourth confrontation by the Navy with pirates in the past two weeks and the second time in that span that pirates have opened fire on a U.S. Navy vessel. The Navy said 21 suspected pirates are now in U.S. custody from those incidents.
Suspected pirates fired at the port side of the Ashland about 380 miles off the coast of Djibouti, the Navy said. The Navy ship returned fire with its 25mm gun, catching the skiff on fire, the Navy said. The crew abandoned the vessel, and the Navy rescued the men from the water.
They are being held on the Ashland. No one on the Ashland, based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, was injured, and no apparent damage was done.
Earlier this month, the destroyer Nicholas was fired upon by pirates, five of whom were captured. In a separate incident, the destroyer McFaul intervened in a suspected pirate attack, detaining 10.
Last week, the destroyer Farragut was called to the scene of a Sierra Leone-flagged tanker after the ship came under attack by three pirate skiffs. One of the skiffs was sunk, and 11 men were allowed to leave.
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Aircraft carriers aside, a Dock Landing Ship is a pretty big target to be going after. Secondly, there are plenty of Marines embarked who are just itching to get some trigger time.
Are they thinking it will get them a free ticket to the USA?
Git me to Gitmo!
Given the current administration, sure, what do they have to lose?
The skinnies had a solid plan here. “Look, it’s the amphibious warfare branch of the USN,,,in a ship that usually carries a few hundred marines that have been abused for months,,,, i have an idea, lets shoot it up bro”.
Our response should be immediate annihilation of the vessel & occupants. No questions asked.
Our Navy is too darn nice. Another country wouldn’t have bothered to pull pirates out of the water, but leave them to their fate.
Why do they keep taking prisoners?
It simply amazes me that the Navy has to keep rescuing these scum, and letting them go. What a worthless president we have.
Arrgg! Silly pirates...
“Another country wouldnt have bothered to pull pirates out of the water, but leave them to their fate.”
What navy would that be? They are all doing it. It’s nothing but catch and release.
We should be so lucky:
"Last week, the destroyer Farragut was called to the scene ... and 11 men were allowed to leave."
How stupid is that?
Don’t rescue them... leave them for the sea tender mercies..
How stupid can these guys be? They could run for Congress on the Democrat ticket.
The crew abandoned the vessel, and the Navy rescued the men from the water.
Wrong answer, they should have left as JAWs Jumbo.
They have alot to lose. They obviously did not keep up with the news when they captured the first US ship..and Obama gave the ok for shoot to kill orders.
The score is now U.S. three..pirates 0
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