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  • Panama Canal expansion seen to open by July

    03/23/2016 8:09:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Manila Bulletin | March 23, 2016 | NAUREEN S. MALIK
    The expansion of the Panama Canal, a $5.3 billion project almost two years behind schedule and plagued by cost overruns and contractor disputes, is expected to open by the end of June, according to the agency that operates the waterway. The Panama Canal Authority has resolved problems associated with contractors and seepage from the new locks discovered during testing, said Jose Ramon Arango, senior international trade specialist at the agency that operates the 50-mile (77- kilometer) waterway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The authority is planning a test of the new locks with a tanker in May...
  • Israeli security thwarts Somali pirate attack

    11/12/2014 2:26:08 PM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 8 replies
    Ynet ^ | 11.12.14 | Itamar Eichner
    Armed Israeli security guards thwarted an attempt by Somali pirates to a hijack a ship that was sailing to Israel on Tuesday. The ship was sailing with a foreign flag but had Israeli security guards on board. The ship continued on its way to Israel and will arrive in a couple of days. The ship was carrying trade to Israel and had embarked on its journey a few days earlier from southeastern Asia by way of the Suez Canal.
  • Somali Pirates’ First Hijacking Attempt of 2014 Ends with Arrests

    01/20/2014 6:19:45 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 20, 2014 | Mike Schuler
    Somali pirates on Friday unsuccessfully launched their first attack of 2014 on a tanker in the Gulf of Aden, resulting in the apprehension of five suspected pirates by naval counter-piracy forces a day later. The International Maritime Bureau reported Friday that a group of pirates used a mothership to launch an attack on a tanker underway approximately 115nm South of Salalah, Oman. During the attack, the pirates approached in a skiff and fire upon the vessel, but the attack was aborted after the ship’s armed security team returned fire. The IMB report stated that following the attack a coalition helicopter...
  • Navy SEALs cite shabby treatment as Team Obama helps Hollywood instead

    11/19/2013 1:59:52 AM PST · by MestaMachine · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    Last week, the Pentagon made it clear that it plans to take action against former SEAL Matt Bissonnette. It says he violated a signed nondisclosure agreement by writing “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden.” snip A reporter noted that Mr. Bissonnette also was part of the operation that saved a U.S. cargo ship captain from the hands of Somali pirates. Hollywood turned the 2009 rescue into the feature film “Captain Phillips,” with the Navy’s help.
  • Somali piracy: More sophisticated than you thought

    11/06/2013 10:38:19 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 18 replies
    A new study reveals how Somali piracy is financed PIRACY remains a concern for ships passing the Horn of Africa, even though the number of incidents has plummeted since 2011, when armed protection was beefed up on board many large vessels. The topic grips the public imagination. Witness the success of “Captain Phillips”, a film in which a vessel captained by the actor Tom Hanks is hijacked by Somalis. Yet the pirate economy is poorly understood. A report*, to be released on November 4th by the World Bank, the UN and Interpol sheds new light. The authors interviewed current and...
  • Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie

    10/13/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/13/13 | Maureen Callahan
    It’s made for Hollywood: the story of an average American family man, captain of a cargo ship in dangerous waters, his vessel overtaken by armed Somali pirates demanding ransom, saving his crew by allowing himself to be removed from the boat and taken hostage. All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. The only problem, say some members of the real Capt. Phillips’ crew, is none of it is true. Capt. Richard Phillips, they say, is no hero, and the film is one big lie. “Phillips wasn’t the big leader like...
  • Arabian Sea piracy suspects appear in Norfolk court

    03/10/2011 5:58:06 PM PST · by csvset · 22 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | March 10, 2011 | Corinne Reilly
    NORFOLK Thirteen Somalis and one Yemeni captured after four Americans were killed aboard a yacht last month are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Norfolk this afternoon on piracy, kidnapping and gun charges. The men were brought into the federal courthouse in downtown Norfolk this morning. The group was turned over to the Justice Department on Wednesday after being held aboard the carrier Enterprise since the Feb. 22 shooting deaths of the Americans. A Navy spokesman said the Somalis were removed from the ship by Department of Justice officials. A federal grand jury indicted 14 suspected pirates, the...
  • 2 Somali pirates jailed for 10 years

    02/03/2013 8:11:00 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Feb. 02, 2013 - 06:13AM JST
    Two men who attempted to hijack a Japanese tanker off the coast of Oman were jailed for 10 years by Tokyo District Court on Friday, a report said, in the first piracy prosecution in Japan. The two were among four African men arrested in March 2011 over the attack in the Indian Ocean. Men armed with submachine guns tried to seize the tanker, which was operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and had 24 crew members aboard, reports said. “It was an organized and dangerous crime by men armed with guns who sought to demand a ransom,” presiding judge Katsunori Ohno...
  • 'Piracy' at sea: Has definition changed? Supreme Court declines to enter fray.

    01/29/2013 6:03:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 22, 2013 | Warren Richey
    The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a series of lower-court opinions endorsing a broad view of what constitutes the crime of piracy – a move that will make it significantly easier for the government to prosecute and convict suspected Somali pirates in federal court. The high court turned aside an appeal by five Somali nationals convicted of firing shots from a small skiff at a US Navy frigate on patrol 600 miles off the coast of Somalia on April 1, 2010. ... Lawyers for both groups of Somalis urged the Supreme Court to consider whether the Fourth Circuit...
  • U.S. forces rescue kidnapped aid workers Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted in Somalia

    01/25/2012 8:01:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 25, 2012 | Debbi Wilgoren
    U.S. special operations forces have rescued a kidnapped American aid worker and her Danish colleague in Somalia, U.S. officials said Wednesday. During the raid, all nine of their captors were killed. Jessica Buchanan, 32, and Poul Hagen Thisted, 60, were abducted Oct. 25 by a group of armed men in the Somali town of Galkayo. Pentagon officials said there is no indication the men had any connection to international terrorism or al-Shabab, Somalia’s al-Qaeda affiliate. Instead, the men are believed to have been pirates, hoping to trade their captives for ransom.
  • Coastal Insecurity [India: Somali Pirates' jihad threat]

    10/03/2011 5:58:03 PM PDT · by Righting · 4 replies
    SATP/SAIR ^ | Oct 3, 2011
    South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR), Weekly Assessments & Briefings SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW Weekly Assessments & Briefings Volume 10, No. 13, October 3, 2011 INDIA Coastal Insecurity Shrideep Biswas Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management Elaborating on the threat posed by Somali pirates, Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony, while addressing the 30th Annual Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference on September 27, 2011, observed, "There are some other powerful forces behind the piracy and they are sitting somewhere else. Only a joint, coordinated effort under the United Nations can be an ultimate solution to the piracy problem.” He added that the Cabinet...
  • Retired Brit tourists fought off Somali pirates with deckchairs

    05/06/2011 8:23:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5th May 2011
    A retired couple who were enjoying a luxury cruise fought off Somali pirates with deck chairs as they attempted to storm the ship and kidnap them. John and Barbara Jeffery had been enjoying the trip of a lifetime when the violent pirates tried to take over the ship they were sailing on. As gun shot rang out, the couple defiantly armed themselves with deck chairs, tables and whatever came to hand as they helped to beat off the outlaws. terror struck just one week in, when the MSC Melody was off the coast of Somalia, a spot haunted by pirates,...
  • Somali pirates sentenced to life in U.S. prison

    03/14/2011 3:12:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/14/11 | Jeremy Pelofsky - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five Somali men were sentenced on Monday to spend the rest of their lives in a U.S. prison after being convicted of piracy and trying to attack an American warship off the coast of Africa last year. In November the group was convicted by a jury in a federal court in Virginia on charges of piracy, attacking to plunder a vessel and various other firearms and weapons charges. Piracy off the coast of Somalia has been a growing problem over the last several years, with pirate gangs making tens of millions of dollars in ransoms, .. The...
  • Somali pirates cut ransoms to clear hijacked ships

    03/13/2011 3:11:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 13, 2011 | Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi sheikh
    Somali pirates said on Sunday they would lower some of their ransom demands to get a faster turnover of ships they hijack in the Indian Ocean. Armed pirate gangs, who have made millions of dollars capturing ships as far south as the Seychelles and eastwards towards India, said they were holding too many vessels and needed a quicker handover to generate more income. “I believe there is no excuse for taking high ransoms. At least each of our groups holds ships now,” pirate Hussein told Reuters from Hobyo on the Somalian coast. He said the pirates were holding more than...
  • Shrugging at terror

    03/07/2011 3:16:28 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 6, 2011 | Michael A. Walsh
    Two American servicemen were killed last week on as signment overseas. No, not in Iraq or Afghanistan, but in Frankfurt, Germany, for the simple act of getting on a bus. A lone Muslim gunman opened fire on the unsuspecting airmen at the Frankfurt airport, killing Nicholas J. Alden and Zachary R. Cuddeback and wounding two others. He shouted "Allah Akbar" as he shot -- making it plain he was murdering in the name of his god. A few days earlier, four Americans sailing in the Indian Ocean on a mission of Christian mercy -distributing Bibles to remote churches -- were...
  • Seattle couple murdered by pirates; Would guns on board be smart?

    02/23/2011 8:10:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 162 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 February, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Four Americans, including a Seattle couple, aboard a private yacht hijacked by Somali pirates are dead this morning, and readers reacting to the CBS story on-line are wondering why any of the pirates were taken alive. Likewise, after the Seattle Times caught up with the story at about 7:25 a.m., it didn’t take long for readers to suggest that the pirates be taught a lesson. The incident is hardly a first in that part of the world. Somali pirates have been emboldened by the willingness of some victims to pay outrageous ransoms. Reports indicate that negotiations were underway between the...
  • Report: Seizing of Pirate Chiefs Questioned in Killings of Four Americans (FBI screw up?)

    02/24/2011 9:27:43 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 24, 2011
    ... The New York Times reports that an FBI hostage-rescue negotiator aboard the U.S.S. Sterett came to believe the two Somalis were not serious when they boarded the vessel. Once those men were taken into custody, U.S. officials told the pirates on the yacht -- called the Quest -- to send over someone they could negotiate with. The events that immediately followed have been sharply contested and raises questions about the decision to detain the pirate leaders, the Times reports. American officials said the pirates on the yacht seemed relieved — even “exceptionally calm” — when they were told their...
  • Cair is Shocked! Shocked! FBI Visits Some Muslims Who Travel to Somalia

    02/23/2011 10:42:18 AM PST · by · 8 replies ^ | 2/23/2011 | David Shedlock
    The same week Somali Pirates killed Christian's bearing Bibles, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and is suing the FBI for surveillance of the Muslim community, particularly those who have traveled to Somalia, Pakistan, and Yemen. Last fall, CAIR sued the state of Oklahoma for passing an anti-Sharia Law statute. CAIR has ties to both the Muslim Brotherhood (which was responsible for the assassination of Anwar Sadat of Egypt) and Hamas. If the story is correct this was not secret surveillance, but rather the asking of questions. In other...
  • Slain yachters called 'brave adventurers'

    02/22/2011 5:48:40 PM PST · by ColdOne · 82 replies ^ | February 22, 2011 | Mike Pearson
    (CNN) -- Phyllis Macay wrote of her travels around the world with the breathlessly joyous and staccato style of a teenager. "I can say that I want to spend a week here ... month here ... maybe a year," she once wrote of visiting Corsica. "It is exciting, vastly busy ... and beautiful at the same time." That sort of infectious love of adventure, of sailing, of seeing the world was a defining characteristic not only of Macay, but also her companion Bob Riggle and friends Jean and Scott Adam, friends and family say. All four died early Tuesday off...
  • Will Pirates Who Allegedly Killed Americans Be Prosecuted In U.S.? And If So, Where?

    02/23/2011 7:48:29 AM PST · by Qbert · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/22/2011 | Mike Levine
    The fate of the Somali pirates who allegedly killed four Americans off the coast of Somalia has yet to be determined, but the U.S. Justice Department says it is "investigating and reviewing" evidence in the case and is "committed to working with our international partners to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice." The four Americans were on a yacht in the waters off the Horn of Africa when their vessel was hijacked Friday. U.S. forces were following the hijacked yacht when on Tuesday at least some of the hijackers opened fire. The hostages --...
  • 4 Americans on hijacked yacht dead off Somalia

    02/22/2011 1:23:08 PM PST · by STONEWALLS · 60 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2-22-11 | CBS/AP
    A pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. Navy destroyer shadowing a hijacked yacht with four Americans aboard Tuesday. Then gunfire erupted, the military said. U.S. special forces rushed to the yacht only to find the four Americans fatally wounded. The experienced yacht enthusiasts from California and Washington are the first Americans killed by Somali pirates since the start of attacks off East Africa several years ago. One of the American couples on board had been sailing around the world since 2004 handing out Bibles. Their deaths appeared to underscore an increasingly brutal and aggressive shift by pirates in...
  • 4 Americans on hijacked yacht dead off Somalia

    02/22/2011 11:10:40 AM PST · by libstripper · 38 replies
    CBS News ^ | Feb. 22, 2011 | CBS News
    Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Monday, the U.S. military said, marking the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years. U.S. naval forces, who were trailig the Americans' captured yacht with four warships
  • Four Americans Killed on Yacht Hijacked by Somali Pirates (Breaking on

    02/22/2011 7:36:09 AM PST · by NCDragon · 139 replies ^ | February 22, 2011 | Fox News Staff
    DEVELOPING STORY: Four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates have been killed, Fox News has confirmed. U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the yacht Quest at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, but discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite attempts to save their lives, all four hostages died of their wounds. “We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest,” said Gen. James N. Mattis, U.S. Central Command Commander in a news release. Two pirates died during the confrontation and 13 were captured and detained, along with two pirates already...
  • Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Hijacked Ship

    02/22/2011 7:33:13 AM PST · by Allthegoodusernamesaregone · 219 replies
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2011 – Somali pirates killed all four Americans they had held hostage aboard a sailing vessel in the Indian Ocean this morning, U.S. Central Command officials announced. U.S. officials were negotiating with the pirates for the safe return of the captured Americans when the murders took place, officials said. Centcom officials said that in the midst of negotiations, U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the S/V Quest. When the forces reached the boat, officials said, they discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately...
  • Pirates: Yacht to make landfall in Somalia (Obama surrenders; no hostage rescue)

    02/20/2011 3:30:03 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 109 replies
    KABC ^ | 2/20/11 | John Hartung
    Pirates are now saying the yacht hijacked from a SoCal couple will make landfall in Somalia on Sunday, which may lessen the chance of a rescue at sea. The pirates took control of the yacht Quest on Friday in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Somalia. The Quest belongs to Jean and Scott Adam, two members of the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. The Newport Beach couple has been sailing around the world since 2004 on their yacht, posting updates on their website. The trip was part adventure, part ministry, as they handed out Bibles along...
  • U.S. Military Prepared to Rescue Americans On Yacht Hijacked By Somali Pirates

    02/19/2011 2:03:36 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 69 replies
    KTLA ^ | Feb. 19, 2011 | Staff
    NAIROBI (KTLA) -- U.S. military officials say they're prepared to rescue four Americans who are reportedly aboard a yacht that was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. On Friday, a distress signal was sent by the boat from the middle of the Indian Ocean, according to the French news agency AFP. The hijacking was first reported by Ecoterra International, which monitors regional maritime activity. Ecoterra said the S/V Quest was seized 240 nautical miles (275 miles) off the coast of Oman. Two of the four U.S. citizens being held captive aboard the S/V Quest have been identified as...
  • Somali Pirates Capture 4 Americans.

    02/18/2011 7:06:25 PM PST · by Stayfrosty · 73 replies
    FOXNews ^ | 2-18-2011 | NA
    UNITED NATIONS -- Somalia's U.N. Mission said Friday that pirates hijacked a yacht carrying four U.S. citizens in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast.
  • S. Korea navy 'kills Somali pirates, saves crew'

    01/21/2011 6:03:20 AM PST · by nuconvert · 45 replies
    SEOUL (AFP) – South Korean navy commandos Friday stormed a ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescuing all the 21 crew and killing eight pirates, military officials said. The SEAL special forces boarded the South Korean ship before dawn, freeing all the hostages and killing the pirates in cabin-to-cabin battles, they said. Five other pirates were captured. "This operation demonstrated our government's strong will that we won't tolerate illegal activities by pirates any more," Lieutenant-General Lee Sung-Ho of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a news briefing. The South Korean skipper of the chemical freighter suffered a...
  • S. Korean Navy frees hijacked cargo ship, kills Somali pirates

    01/20/2011 11:11:09 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 28 replies
    Yonhap ^ | 1/21/11
    SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korean naval special forces successfully rescued 21 seamen and their South Korean-operated cargo ship that was hijacked last week by Somali pirates in an operation that left eight Somali pirates dead, Seoul's military officials said Friday. "Our special forces stormed the hijacked Samho Jewelry earlier today and freed all hostages," said Col. Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman at South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Five Somalis found guilty of piracy charges in Norfolk

    11/24/2010 12:08:44 PM PST · by csvset · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | November 24, 2010 | Tim McGlone
    NORFOLK In a historic decision, a jury in federal court today convicted five Somali nationals of piracy in the April 1 attack on the Norfolk-based frigate Nicholas. It’s the first time in nearly 200 years that a jury returned a guilty verdict in a piracy case in a U.S. court and now likely sets up years of appeals. The five men face mandatory life in prison. Each defendant stood without expression as the court clerk announced guilty verdicts on each of 14 counts. Their lawyers were polling the jury to ensure the verdict was read correctly. The jury deliberated about...
  • Hostage shot dead by Somali pirates

    11/07/2010 11:04:39 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 7, 2010 | Abdi Guled
    MOGADISHU, Nov 7 (Reuters) - A man was shot dead on Sunday after he refused to disembark from a yacht in the Indian Ocean that was hijacked by Somali pirates last week, pirates and residents said on Sunday. The man was killed in Barawe town on the southern Somali coastline by pirates who had taken him hostage and wanted him to go onshore from his yacht in which he was sailing with others, including a woman and a boy. His nationality was not immediately clear. "He was shot and killed after he refused to disembark from his yacht and move...
  • US Marines take back pirate-held ship off Somalia

    09/09/2010 6:35:08 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 20 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | Sept 9, 2010 | BRIAN MURPHY
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – U.S. Marine commandos stormed a pirate-held cargo ship off the Somalia coast Thursday, reclaiming control and taking nine prisoners without firing a shot in the first such boarding raid by the international anti-piracy flotilla, U.S. Navy officials said. The mission - using small craft to reach the deck of German-owned vessel as the crew huddled in a safe room below - ranks among the most dramatic high seas confrontations with pirates by the task force created to protect shipping lanes off lawless Somalia.
  • Somali pirate admits attacking US warship

    08/29/2010 8:13:28 AM PDT · by traumer · 22 replies
    bbc ^ | 27 August 2010
    A Somali man has admitted attacking a US warship in April after mistaking it for a merchant vessel. Jama Idle Ibrahim and five others chased the USS Ashland and opened fire on it before being captured, court papers said. He pleaded guilty to piracy-related charges in Norfolk, Virginia, and faces 30 years in jail. Five other Somalis also face charges over the attack. Prosecutors said it was Norfolk's first piracy-related conviction in 150 years. "Modern-day pirates must be held accountable," said Neil MacBride, prosecuting. After making a deal with the authorities, Ibrahim pleaded guilty to attacking to plunder a vessel,...
  • Somali pleads guilty to piracy

    08/27/2010 3:21:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/27/2010
    NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Somali man Friday pleaded guilty in federal court in Norfolk, Va., to attacking the USS Ashland in the first successful U.S. piracy prosecution in 150 years. Jama Idle Ibrahim told the court he believed the Ashland was a merchant vessel he could hold for ransom. The ship was attacked April 10 in the Gulf of Aden. "Today marks the first conviction in Norfolk for acts of piracy in more than 150 years," U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said. "Modern-day pirates must be held accountable and will face severe consequences." Ibrahim, also known as Jaamac...
  • Ship's crew seize back control from Somali pirates: EU

    06/02/2010 10:44:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 378+ views
    AFP ^ | June 02, 2010
    The crew of a Libyan cargo ship seized back control from Somali pirates on Wednesday after fighting in which some of their captors are believed to have died and a crew member was wounded, the EU said. "The hijacked Libyan-owned merchant vessel RIM reported that the crew had successfully retaken control of the ship. One of the crew members was seriously injured during the incident," a spokesman for the EU anti-piracy NAVFOR naval force said. "It is believed that some of the pirates were killed during the incident; the ship is now under the control of the crew," added NAVFOR,...
  • U.S. Navy Ship Disrupts Suspected Pirate Attack

    06/01/2010 6:06:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 600+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. j.g. Kyra D. Lassiter, USN
    GULF OF ADEN, June 1, 2010 – The U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto yesterday disrupted nine suspected Somali pirates from attacking a Maltese-flagged vessel that was transiting here. The San Jacinto responded to a distress call from the M/V Avenue Beauty, which was transiting 90 miles north of Somalia when the crew reported they were under attack by pirates. Upon hearing gun shots, the Avenue Beauty’s chief officer sounded a general alarm and directed the crew to execute counter-piracy measures, which caused the pirate skiff to call off the attack. The San Jacinto responded to the attack...
  • U.S. Navy Destroyer Locates Pirated Vessel

    05/25/2010 12:33:25 PM PDT · by Cindy · 40 replies · 1,761+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: U.S. Navy Destroyer Locates Pirated Vessel By From a Combined Maritime Forces, Public Affairs News Release American Forces Press Service MANAMA, Bahrain, May 24, 2010 – The USS McFaul, a U.S. Navy Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, located the pirated M/V Iceberg I off the coast of Somalia with up to 50 pirates and more than 20 crew members on board. The Panamanian-flagged vessel had last been seen off Garacaad, a Somali town and known pirate haven. The Iceberg’s exact location was unknown until the McFaul made a positive identification of the pirated ship on...
  • (YouTube Video) Russian Adm. PANTELEEN "DDG-548" captures the pirates and destroys enemy ship

    05/20/2010 7:14:21 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies · 1,184+ views
    YouTube ^ | May 8, 2010 | MEXAHIZM
    Watch the video at the link provided. Most of the communications are in Russian, with a little bit of English dialogue between the Russian sailors and the captured pirates...
  • Pirates hijack Greek cargo ship off Oman coast

    05/12/2010 9:50:10 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 26 replies · 661+ views
    CNN ^ | May 12, 2010
    (CNN) -- Pirates hijacked a Greek-owned cargo ship Wednesday morning off the coast of Oman, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said. The Liberian-flagged Eleni P, operated by Eurobulk, was carrying 26 crew members when pirates overpowered the ship, the EU naval force said. The crew -- 23 Filipinos, two Romanians and one Indian -- are reported to be safe, the force said. The ship was en route to India when it was taken by the pirates about 250 nautical miles off the coast of Oman, according to the force, which said it was monitoring the situation.
  • Russian navy ‘sent Somali pirates to their death’

    05/12/2010 1:54:29 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 93 replies · 2,740+ views
    An international maritime treaty means suspected pirates can be tried in the home countries of their victims – but some governments have been put off this course of action for fear that convicted pirates might not return to Somalia after serving out their time in jail. Kuznetzov seemed to echo this when he said: "Why should we feed some pirates?" Russian media reported that the 10 men were set adrift in a boat with no navigational equipment, and that contact was lost with the boat's radio beacon within an hour. However, Commander John Harbour, a spokesman for the EU naval...
  • Freed Somali pirates 'probably died' - Russian source

    05/11/2010 4:45:38 PM PDT · by traumer · 51 replies · 1,765+ views
    Ten suspected Somali pirates captured by the Russian navy last week may have perished after their release, a defence source in Moscow has told reporters. Marines seized them during a dramatic operation to free a hijacked Russian oil tanker far from shore, killing an 11th suspect in the gun battle. They were released in an inflatable boat without navigational equipment. Within an hour, contact was lost with the boat's radio beacon, the defence source said. "It seems that they all died," the unnamed source was quoted as saying by Russia's Interfax news agency. Russia initially said the 10 pirates would...
  • Pirates 'have all died,' Russia says, after decrying 'imperfections' in international law

    05/11/2010 4:10:34 PM PDT · by pissant · 113 replies · 2,842+ views ^ | 5/11/10 | MANSUR MIROVALEV
    MOSCOW, Russia — Following high level complaints about "imperfections" in international law, Russia announced Tuesday that captured Somali pirates "have all died." A Russian official claimed that 10 pirates seized by Russian special forces aboard an oil tanker last week were quickly freed but then died on their way back to the Somali coast.
  • Pirates 'have all died,' Russia says

    05/11/2010 2:08:46 PM PDT · by libstripper · 111 replies · 3,607+ views
    Assocated Press ^ | May 11, 2010 | MANSUR MIROVALEV
    Following high level complaints about "imperfections" in international law, Russia announced Tuesday that captured Somali pirates "have all died." A Russian official claimed that 10 pirates seized by Russian special forces aboard an oil tanker last week were quickly freed but then died on their way back to the Somali coast
  • Pirates released after assault operation near Gulf of Aden apparently perished

    05/11/2010 10:31:17 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 55 replies · 1,814+ views
    The Somali pirates who were captured in an assault operation after hijacking a Russian tanker near the Gulf of Aden and then released by Russian military officials have not reached the coast and have apparently perished, a top-ranking source in Russia's Defense Ministry told journalists on Tuesday. Russia's Moscow University tanker was hijacked last week near the Gulf of Aden. Ten pirates were captured and one was killed in the assault operation. The captured pirates were initially to be sent to Moscow for prosecution, but Russian military officials then made the decision to release them, citing the absence of a...
  • Somali pirates released by Russian forces confirmed dead

    Moscow - The Somali embassy in Moscow on Tuesday confirmed the death of 10 pirates released at sea last week by Russian forces off the coast of the Horn of Africa country. Earlier, an official from Russia's Defence Ministry told journalists that the men were presumed dead since their boat had not reached the shore. Russian forces had captured the pirates last week in an operation to rescue the tanker Moskovsky Universitet, which was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden. But the pirates were released on Friday and put in one of their own boats, without weapons or navigation equipment,...
  • Pirates released after assault operation near Gulf of Aden apparently perished

    05/11/2010 1:49:15 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 41 replies · 1,716+ views
    RIA "Novosti" ^ | May, 11, 2010
    The Somali pirates who were captured in an assault operation after hijacking a Russian tanker near the Gulf of Aden and then released by Russian military officials have not reached the coast and have apparently perished, a top-ranking source in Russia's Defense Ministry told journalists on Tuesday. Russia's Moscow University tanker was hijacked last week near the Gulf of Aden. Ten pirates were captured and one was killed in the assault operation. The captured pirates were initially to be sent to Moscow for prosecution, but Russian military officials then made the decision to release them, citing the absence of a...
  • Russia says pirates who held tanker are freed [new version of article- did they really?]

    05/07/2010 10:38:08 AM PDT · by verum ago · 31 replies · 871+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7 May 2010 | Jim Heintz
    MOSCOW – The pirates seized by a Russian warship off the coast of Somalia have been released because of "imperfections" in international law, the Defense Ministry said Friday, a claim that sparked skepticism — and even suspicion the pirates might have been killed.
  • Drama at high sea as commandos free tanker from pirates [Russians]

    05/06/2010 7:28:11 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 19 replies · 733+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 6 May 2010 | The Times of India
    MOSCOW: Russian forces freed a hijacked Russian oil tanker and rescued its crew in a helicopter-backed operation on Thursday that killed a Somali pirate, authorities said. Russian investigators said 10 captured pirates, who seized the China-bound MV Moscow University in the Gulf of Aden, will be brought to Moscow for prosecution. They hijacked the tanker on Wednesday with its 23-member crew and a cargo of crude oil worth $52 million. Its rescue will please the Kremlin, which has been seeking to revive Russia"s naval muscle far from its shores despite limited resources. "Measures are being undertaken to bring the detained...
  • Eleven alleged Somali pirates indicted in US federal court

    05/04/2010 5:05:34 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 14 replies · 472+ views
    CSMonitor ^ | Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | Warren Richey
    (AXcess News) Washington - Eleven suspected Somali pirates have been indicted in Norfolk, Virginia, on charges of attempting in the dark of night on the high seas off Somalia to attack and plunder what they believed were defenseless cargo ships. They were mistaken. Instead of cargo ships, the vessels they attacked turned out to be two US Navy warships. At this early stage in the two cases, one huge mystery looms: How these alleged pirates lived to tell the tale. According to the indictments, one attack took place March 31 against the USS Nicholas, a frigate. The second attack took...
  • Spain captures 8 suspected Somali pirates

    04/25/2010 1:06:09 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 14 replies · 463+ views
    reuters ^ | Apr 25, 2010
    MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish navy captured eight suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia on Sunday as part of Europe's anti-piracy mission in the area, the Defense Ministry said. The Spanish frigate Victoria captured a whaleboat and various skiffs, on which the ministry said arms and other materials suitable for use in pirate attacks were discovered. Under instructions from Europe's anti-piracy "Operation Atalanta," the Spanish navy destroyed the whaler and took its eight crew on a skiff toward the Somali coast, the ministry said in a statement.