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Norfolk-based ship fired upon, captures six pirates ( USS ASHLAND LSD 48)
Virginian Pilot ^ | April 10, 2010 | David Putney

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.

For more details, return to PilotOnline.com later and read tomorrow's Virginian-Pilot.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: maritime; navy; pirates; somalipirates; usn; usnavy

A suspected pirate skiff burns off the coast of Djibouti on Saturday after the dock landing ship Ashland fired on it after being attacked by small-arms fire. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky | U.S. Navy)

Navy rescue personnel from the dock landing ship Ashland arrive on the scene in a rigid-hull inflatable boat to pull suspected pirates from the sea off the coast of Djibouti on Saturday, April 10, 2010. The Navy fired on the pirate skiff after being attacked by small-arms fire. (Petty officer 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky | U.S. Navy)

Navy rescue personnel from the dock landing ship Ashland pull suspected pirates from the sea off the coast of Djibouti on Saturday, April 10, 2010. (Petty officer 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky | U.S. Navy)

1 posted on 04/10/2010 12:45:27 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset
USS ASHLAND's homepage.

USS ASHLAND

2 posted on 04/10/2010 12:47:26 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

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.


3 posted on 04/10/2010 12:48:08 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Tallguy

Are they thinking it will get them a free ticket to the USA?


4 posted on 04/10/2010 12:50:42 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: csvset

Git me to Gitmo!


5 posted on 04/10/2010 12:52:11 PM PDT by onehipdad ("Tell us who poisoned the monkeys, and we'll give you a cigarette.")
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To: Irenic

of course.


6 posted on 04/10/2010 12:52:34 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Irenic
Are they thinking it will get them a free ticket to the USA?

Given the current administration, sure, what do they have to lose?

7 posted on 04/10/2010 12:52:50 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: csvset

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”.


8 posted on 04/10/2010 12:54:47 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: csvset
>>”..captured..”<<

???

Our response should be immediate annihilation of the vessel & occupants. No questions asked.

9 posted on 04/10/2010 12:55:42 PM PDT by panaxanax (The time has come (3-21-2010) for TEA Party Patriots to turn up the volume.)
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To: csvset

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.


10 posted on 04/10/2010 12:59:55 PM PDT by pray4liberty (dare I say it?)
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To: csvset

Why do they keep taking prisoners?


11 posted on 04/10/2010 1:02:24 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: csvset

It simply amazes me that the Navy has to keep rescuing these scum, and letting them go. What a worthless president we have.


12 posted on 04/10/2010 1:03:35 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: csvset

Arrgg! Silly pirates...


13 posted on 04/10/2010 1:04:41 PM PDT by Funee Kat
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To: pray4liberty

“Another country wouldn’t 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.


14 posted on 04/10/2010 1:04:51 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: freeangel
Why do they keep taking prisoners?

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?

15 posted on 04/10/2010 1:05:44 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: csvset

Don’t rescue them... leave them for the sea tender mercies..


16 posted on 04/10/2010 1:08:33 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: csvset

How stupid can these guys be? They could run for Congress on the Democrat ticket.


17 posted on 04/10/2010 1:09:42 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: csvset
The Navy ship returned fire with its 25mm gun, catching the skiff on fire, the Navy said.

Correct respnse.

The crew abandoned the vessel, and the Navy rescued the men from the water.

Wrong answer, they should have left as JAWs Jumbo.

18 posted on 04/10/2010 1:15:00 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Last Dakotan

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.


19 posted on 04/10/2010 1:34:49 PM PDT by DallasSun (i believe in separation of church and hate.)
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To: csvset

The score is now U.S. three..pirates 0


20 posted on 04/10/2010 1:35:27 PM PDT by DallasSun (i believe in separation of church and hate.)
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To: Funee Kat; pray4liberty

Aarrgh indeed!

Engaging a U.S. Naval vessel with an outboard motor boat and rusty AK-47s?

Methinks somebody’s been chewing a wee bit too much ch’at out there, Maties!


21 posted on 04/10/2010 1:50:14 PM PDT by George Varnum (Liberty, like our Forefather's Flintlock Musket, must be kept clean, oiled, and READY!)
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To: csvset
Why pick them up?

I'd just cruise by and hand these out:


22 posted on 04/10/2010 1:50:24 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Payne)
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To: Tallguy
"Aircraft carriers aside, a Dock Landing Ship is a pretty big target to be going after. "

Reminds me of the old metaphor, "A flea crawling up an elephant's leg with rape on it's mind."
23 posted on 04/10/2010 1:55:04 PM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: All
Here's a link to a 11+ minute video regarding the pirate trials in Kenya and the challenges of going that route.

Kenya: pirates on trial

For the record, I say both trial and catch and release are the wrong tactic.

Try them if you will , but for piracy, the sentence should be death. Especially if they are stupid enough to attack a warship. Blow them out of the water and let the sharks clean up the mess.

24 posted on 04/10/2010 2:25:48 PM PDT by csvset
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To: NonValueAdded

That’s what happens when Western nations have homosexual pussies for “leaders.”


25 posted on 04/10/2010 3:06:56 PM PDT by Levante
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To: csvset
Here's video of a 25mm deck gun sinking a boat. I would hate to be on the receiving end. Yikes.
26 posted on 04/10/2010 3:11:15 PM PDT by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: freeangel
It is what he does at THAT point that is of real concern.

So they can read them their Miranda Rights.

27 posted on 04/10/2010 4:03:38 PM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: freeangel

Information, or interrogation...hopefully our Navy doesn’t give a rats tail about “rules”.


28 posted on 04/11/2010 4:53:10 PM PDT by atruelady
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To: theDentist

Or tender vittles for the sharks.


29 posted on 04/11/2010 4:53:33 PM PDT by atruelady
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To: Don Corleone

I bet they could run for President!


30 posted on 04/11/2010 4:53:53 PM PDT by atruelady
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