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  • South Korea tanker hijacked by Somali pirates

    04/05/2010 7:26:24 AM PDT · by traumer · 9 replies · 386+ views
    A South Korea-operated, Singapore-owned oil tanker has been hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The 300,000-tonne Samho Dream - loaded with crude oil - was on its way from Iraq to the United States with 24 crew when it was seized on Sunday. South Korea has sent a destroyer already in the area to intercept the tanker before it reaches any port. Pirates targeting ships off the coast of Somalia made tens of millions of dollars in ransom payments last year. The Cheong-hae destroyer was on patrol in the Gulf of Aden, where pirates have often staged attacks....
  • Somali pirates hijack S Korean tanker

    04/05/2010 6:16:47 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 10 replies · 473+ views
    Nine News ^ | April 5, 2010
    A South Korean warship is rushing to the area where Somali pirates hijacked a South Korean oil tanker with 24 crew members aboard, the military says. The 300,000-tonne Samho Dream was seized on Sunday on its way from Iraq to the US state of Louisiana with a crew of five South Koreans and 19 Filipinos. A South Korean destroyer, which was in the Gulf of Aden on anti-piracy operations, has been ordered to move to waters off Somalia, a Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman told AFP. "The destroyer is sailing in a hurry to catch up with the hijacked ship,"...
  • U.S. Navy Ship Grabs More Pirates, Lets Them Go

    04/03/2010 8:50:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 66 replies · 2,063+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 2, 2010
    A U.S. Navy ship has sunk a pirate "mother ship" in the Indian Ocean and captured 11 pirates, and then promptly let them go. It was the second time within 24 hours that U.S. forces captured Somali pirates. Earlier Thursday, five pirates were taken into custody after they attacked a U.S. warship. While those five pirates remain in custody, the 11 captured Thursday were allowed to leave in small skiffs after the mother ship was sunk. The action prompted a Pentagon spokesman to deny that the Navy had a "catch and release" policy regarding pirates. A Naval official told...
  • Somali Pirates Bite Off More Than They Can Chew

    04/03/2010 4:31:33 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 32 replies · 1,639+ views
    Pattaya Daily News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Zivrap Eismohg
    Somali pirates are not having it all their own way at present. In the latest incident, some unsophisticated pirates, seeing a large vessel on the horizon, sped up to it hoping for rich pickings only to find themselves confronting a US navy missile frigate, which exchanged fire severely damaging both of their boats, and later capturing the mother ship. April 2, 2010, [PDN]: Just after midnight, west of the Seychelles Islands, a gang of three pirates fired on a 453-foot American warship, the USS Nicholas, mistaking it for a commercial vessel. To their chagrin, the pirates found they had bitten...
  • US Navy frigate captures 5 pirates near Seychelles

    04/01/2010 8:30:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 497+ views
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | 4/1/2010 | AP Via Yahoo News
    The small gang of Somali pirates fired on an approaching ship, hoping their midnight attack would bring them millions in ransom. The ragtag bandits, though, had taken on far more than they could handle: a U.S. warship. The USS Nicholas, a guided missile frigate, was tracking the pirates when they opened fire early Thursday in Indian Ocean waters, the U.S. military said. The Nicholas, which saw combat in the first Gulf War, returned fire and disabled the skiff. Navy personnel later boarded and detained three suspects. The Americans found two more bandits on a nearby mothership and later sank the...
  • U.S. Navy Captures 5 Pirates After Gun Battle in Indian Ocean

    04/01/2010 8:34:22 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies · 1,134+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 1, 2010
    Suspected Somali pirates fired on a U.S. Navy warship off East Africa early Thursday in what appeared to be a ransom-seeking attack on an American guided missile frigate, officials said. The USS Nicholas returned fire on the pirate skiff, sinking it and confiscating a nearby mothership. The Navy took five pirates into custody, said Navy Lt. Patrick Foughty, a spokesman. International naval forces have stepped up their enforcement of the waters off East Africa in an effort to thwart a growing pirate trade. [Snip] Thursday's attack came just shy of a year since pirates attacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama...
  • U.S. Navy frigate captures pirate mother ship

    04/01/2010 6:10:28 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 94 replies · 4,173+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | April 1, 2010 updated 10 minutes ago | Associated Press
    NAIROBI, Kenya - U.S. naval forces say they've captured five pirates after exchanging fire with them, sinking their skiff and confiscating a mother ship. The USS Nicholas came under fire early Thursday from pirates in an area west of the Seychelles. The U.S. Africa Command said the five pirates seized would remain in U.S. custody on board the frigate for time being. The Nicholas is home-ported in Norfolk, Va. International naval forces have stepped up their enforcement of the waters off East Africa in an effort to thwart a growing pirate trade. Experts say piracy will continue to be a...
  • Somali pirates hijack 2 ships

    03/23/2010 10:01:09 PM PDT · by skully · 16 replies · 459+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | Mar 24, 2010 | AP
    NAIROBI (Kenya) - SOMALI pirates hijacked two ships on Tuesday, including a vessel carrying fertiliser, in a series of attacks that shows the pirates are moving further east, officials said. The hijacking of the Malta-flagged MV Frigia took place more than 1,600 km out at sea and represents a substantial increase in the pirates' range, said Commander John Harbour, spokesman for the European Union Naval Force. The attack took place more than 640 km outside where the naval force operates. The second hijacking, of the MV Talca, took place about 190 km off the coast of Oman, said Mr Harbour....
  • Somali pirates attempt attack on Dutch warship

    03/17/2010 12:34:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies · 1,462+ views
    ap ^ | Mar 17, 2010 | JASON STRAZIUSO
    After the pirates realized they had made what spokesman Cmdr. John Harbour called a "rather silly mistake," they turned around and fled. EU Naval Force personnel tracked down the two skiffs and a third suspected mothership, finding ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades on board... The two skiffs were destroyed and the pirates were set free on the mothership ... The London-based International Maritime Bureau says Somali pirates captured 47 vessels last year and launched 217 attacks. More than 100 crew are still being held.
  • Cargo ship pirates thwarted in Gulf of Aden

    03/09/2010 8:51:42 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 203+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 06, 2010| | Katharine Houreld,
    <p>Danish special forces disrupted the takeover by pirates of a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden on Friday, in a maneuver rarely undertaken by NATO warships...</p> <p>The crew of the Ariella had seen a skiff approaching their position in the Gulf of Aden early Friday with six or seven armed men firing at them, said Cmdr. Dan B. Termansen, the commander of the Danish warship Absalon. The crew ran to the bridge, where the captain sent out a distress call and put the ship on full steam ahead.</p>
  • Frustrated Pirates Seek Valuable Information

    03/08/2010 5:33:50 AM PST · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 56+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | March 7, 2010
    The international Anti-Piracy patrol is winning the battle for control of the Gulf of Aden, but is still vulnerable in more distant waters. For example, on March 5th, a small tanker was taken north of Madagascar, over a thousand kilometers south of Somalia (and more than 1,500 kilometers from the pirate bases in Puntland). The tanker had travelled from the Persian Gulf, swung east of the Seychelles islands to avoid pirates, and was on its way to Tanzania (just south of Kenya), when it was seized. Most of the thousand or so pirates in Puntland are not willing, or able,...
  • Somali pirates, security personnel in 4 shootouts

    03/05/2010 3:49:27 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies · 531+ views
    AP ^ | March 5, 2010 | KATHARINE HOURELD,
    NAIROBI, Kenya – Signaling a new offensive mindset, international military officials vowed Friday to fight the pirates as swarms of Somalis moved into the waters off East Africa. Four shootouts with pirates showed that high-seas attacks are intensifying with the end of the monsoon season. Nearly half the 47 ships hijacked off Somalia last year were taken in March and April — the most dangerous months of the year for ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. In the most serious skirmish Friday, six pirates attacked a vessel before breaking off and chasing the French fishing boat Torre...
  • Pirates 'smuggling al-Qaeda fighters' into Somalia

    07/07/2009 10:18:11 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 984+ views
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | Published: 8:00AM BST 05 Jul 2009 | By Colin Freeman
    "Pirates 'smuggling al-Qaeda fighters' into Somalia Somali Islamists bent on turning their land into an international haven for Al Qaeda are using pirate gangs to offer foreign militants safe passage into the country, The Sunday Telegraph has been told." SNIPPET: "The Taliban-style Shabab group , which has already siezed control of much of the lawless nation, has enlisted the pirates' services to smuggle in al-Qaeda fighters from across the Middle East, according to Somali government ministers. They claim that up to 1,000 have arrived in recent months, swelling the ranks of the Shabab in its bid to topple the fragile...
  • Superyacht escapes from possible pirate attack

    03/03/2010 1:47:34 PM PST · by Watersportinfo.com · 47 replies · 1,984+ views
    WatersportInfo.com ^ | 03-03-2010 | Watersportinfo
    The captain of Linda Lou, a 60m Lurssen built superyacht enroute to Dubai experienced troubles with a possible pirate attack.
  • NATO warship sinks pirate ship off Somalia

    03/02/2010 12:07:33 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 65 replies · 2,074+ views
    AP ^ | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    A NATO destroyer has sunk a pirate mothership in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast after allowing the crew to leave, the alliance said Monday. Shona Lowe, an anti-piracy spokeswoman, said the HDMS Absalon — the Danish flagship of the three-vessel NATO flotilla in the region — disrupted a pirate operation by "scuttling" one of the large boats used by Somali gangs to transport attack teams to piracy hunting areas far off the coast. The mothership was fired on and sunk after its crew members were transferred to a smaller boat in tow, which was allowed to return to...
  • Hired guns secure ships, stir controversy

    02/14/2010 4:15:21 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 39 replies · 968+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 15, 2010 | By Sandra Jontz,
    NAPLES, Italy — As the world struggles to stop piracy in the waters off the coast of Africa and the Middle East, several companies have stepped forward to provide armed escort boats for commercial ships. Small, fast boats with a handful of armed mariners are an "emerging way to handle the [piracy] problem in a safe way," said Jim Jorrie, CEO of Espada Logistics and Security-MENA, a San Antonio-based company offering such services. But shipping industry experts frown on the practice. "It slightly smacks of vigilantism to me," said Tony Mason, secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping and...
  • Somali Pirates a Threat to Ocean Ecosystem

    02/12/2010 12:49:00 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 222+ views
    Mother Nature Network ^ | February 12, 2010 | Michael d'Estries
    (Science research, marine life, suffering in wake of increased violence.) Ships getting hijacked in the Indian Ocean aren't the only consequence of an increase in piracy. According to a New Scientist story, scientists gathering data about fish stocks and threatened species have been virtually shut out of the area due to increased security concerns. This has left the monitoring of illegal poaching almost completely unchecked. "We can't monitor and we can't do experiments because of the pirates," says Laurent Dagorn of France's Research Institute for Development (IRD). As a result, piracy may be increasing harmful by-catch. To avoid being attacked,...
  • SOMALI JIHADI PIRATES NABBED BY DANISH COMMANDOS IN PROCESS OF HIJACKING SHIP

    02/05/2010 10:03:05 AM PST · by abu afak · 29 replies · 1,257+ views
    http://tundratabloid.blogspot.com/ ^ | 2/4/2009 | Tundra Tabloids (Killer new site)
    Danish forces free ship captured by pirates NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Danish special forces stormed a ship captured by armed Somali pirates Friday and freed the 25 crew on board, an EU naval spokesman said, marking the first time a warship has intervened during a hijacking. After the vessel Ariella sent out a distress signal early Friday, the Danish warship Absalon sent a helicopter to confirm the presence of pirates, and communicated with the crew to ensure they were in a safe location, said Cmdr. John Harbour, spokesman for the European Union Naval Force. Then Danish special forces aboard the...
  • Kidnapped British Couple Says Pirates Set 'Deadline' for Execution

    01/22/2010 11:05:47 PM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies · 504+ views
    The Times via FoxNews.com ^ | January 22, 2010 | The Times
    British couple kidnapped by pirates while sailing off the east coast of Africa fear that they could be killed within days, the Times of London reported. Paul Chandler, 59, a retired quantity surveyor, and Rachel Chandler, 55, an economist, disappeared after heading from the Seychelles towards Tanzania in their yacht, Lynn Rival, on October 23, 2009. In an interview with ITV News broadcast Thursday night Chandler said that he was “just existing in hope.” “I’m afraid that they will just kill us and abandon us in the desert
  • At least six dead as Somali pirates fight over ransom

    01/19/2010 3:44:26 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 6 replies · 426+ views
    Breitbart (AFP) ^ | January 19, 2010
    At least six people have been killed during intense fighting between rival Somali pirates arguing over a record ransom paid for an oil-laden Greek supertanker, elders and pirates said on Tuesday. Three pirates and a civilian were killed in the latest bout of fighting that erupted in the town of Harardhere late Monday, elders and pirates told AFP by phone. Tension has been high in the central Somali pirate lair ever since an estimated seven million dollars were dropped by a small plane on Sunday for the release of the VLCC Maran Centaurus, a Greek-flagged supertanker a third of a...
  • Somali pirates free oil tanker after record ransom

    01/18/2010 2:22:53 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 12 replies · 604+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 18, 2010 | Abdi Guled and Abdi Sheikh
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali pirates freed a Greek-flagged tanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil on Monday, a day after the biggest ransom yet paid to them was dropped onto its deck, the pirates and a maritime official said. The Maran Centaurus was seized on November 29 with 16 Filipinos, nine Greeks, two Ukrainians and a Romanian on board. An aircraft dropped a ransom believed to be between $5.5 million and $7 million onto the vessel on Sunday, officials said. "We have agreed to solve our disagreements and release the ship. It is free and sailing away now," one of...
  • The Secret Anti-China Message Behind Obama's Mission To Yemen

    01/09/2010 11:54:07 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 719+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | Joe Weisenthal
    The Secret Anti-China Message Behind Obama's Mission To Yemen Joe Weisenthal Jan. 9, 2010, 11:13 AM The war on terror is back, though the story has moved from Afghanistan (which is ostensibly now in nation-building mode) to Yemen, which up until recently, many Americans probably had never heard of. Asia Times has an excellent overview of the situation written by former Indian ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. What's most interesting is his analysis of Yemen through the lens of the broader tension between the US and China. Most important, however, for US global strategies will be the massive gain of control...
  • Is the Chinese Navy Reluctant to Use Force Against Somali Pirates?

    01/05/2010 5:56:27 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 969+ views
    The Somali pirates have once again warned that they could kill the crew of the Chinese flagged merchant vessel De Xin Hai if a military action is launched to rescue them. Speaking from the ship by phone, a pirate cautioned, “We know [the Chinese] have arrayed their warships in Somalia waters to attack us… We are telling them not to gamble with the lives of the Chinese teenagers in our hands. Honestly, we will kill if we are attacked" (Shanghaidaily.com, December 1). Chinese Missile Frigate Zhoushan docks in Zhejiang province after returning from the Gulf of Aden De Xin Hai...
  • Xe pulls plug on its counterpiracy venture; ship up for sale

    01/05/2010 12:35:12 PM PST · by Perdogg · 7 replies · 732+ views
    Apparently unsuccessful in marketing it for anti-piracy operations, Xe has put its 183-foot ship McArthur up for sale. In an online advertisement on the Web site Yachtworld.com, the McArthur is listed at a reduced price of $3.7 million. The vessel is docked in Alicante, Spain.
  • Yemen navy charges $60,000 for safe passage in pirate waters

    01/05/2010 3:48:01 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies · 1,029+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 06, 2010 | Michelle Wiese Bockmann,
    YEMEN'S navy is charging commercial vessels up to $US55,000 ($60,800) each to guarantee transit through the pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden under a deal that has reaped about $US30 million over 18 months. The hiring of Yemeni military came as al-Qa'ida flourishes in the Arabian Peninsula nation, and was agreed without the apparent knowledge of Yemeni government officials or international anti-piracy military forces. at least one merchant ship a day, including some of the largest ship owners, are discreetly paying Yemen for military protection, Somali pirates have attacked more than 200 commercial ships and hijacked nearly 50 over...
  • Somali pirates hijack UK-flagged ship: Bulgaria

    01/02/2010 7:30:42 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 12 replies · 542+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 2, 2010
    SOFIA (Reuters) - Somali pirates hijacked a British-flagged vehicle carrier off the Somali coast late on Friday, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said. The Asian Glory was seized about 600 miles east of the Somali coast before it joined a convoy heading for the Gulf of Aden, ministry spokesman Dragovest Goranov said. Somali pirates have made tens of millions of dollars from seizing ships for ransom in the Gulf of Aden, linking Europe to Asia, and are also hunting far into the Indian Ocean to evade foreign navies sent to protect commercial shipping. The European Union's counter-piracy force, EU Navfor and...
  • Indonesian tanker seized by Somali pirates

    01/01/2010 9:17:43 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 28 replies · 925+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan 2 2010
    Maritime authorities on Saturday said that Somali pirates seized an Indonesian chemical tanker with 24 crew in the Gulf of Aden. A spokesman for the East Africa Seafarers Assistance Program said the Singapore-flagged Pramoni was on its way to India when it was captured.
  • Chinese ship to be freed, Somali pirates say

    12/28/2009 3:15:45 PM PST · by UAConservative · 5 replies · 645+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | December 26, 2009
    Somali pirates holding a Chinese cargo ship and its crew of 25 said Sunday they would release the vessel after collecting a ransom of 3.5 million dollars (2.2 million euros) later in the day. The bulk carrier Dexinhai, owned by Qingdao Ocean Shipping, was seized on October 18 northeast of the Seychelles as it was sailing to India from South Africa with a cargo of coal. It was subsequently taken to the Somali coast, between the pirate lairs of Harardere and Hobyo, where it laid at anchor with other captured vessels and negotiations on its fate began. "We have been...
  • Free the Navy SEALs Now

    12/10/2009 6:15:13 PM PST · by raptor22 · 57 replies · 2,859+ views
    Investors Business daily ^ | December 10, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Law: American heroes are arraigned for allegedly punching a terrorist in wartime. What happens to Tiger Woods isn't vital to our country's future. What happens to Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe is. People are more likely to recognize the names of Tiger's alleged bimbo eruptions than the names of these three Navy SEALs we sent into battle. They are not household names in a nation consumed with Climate Gate, the public option and the antics of billionaire athletes. An administration consumed with apologies has said the architect of 9/11's massacre, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, must be given all the...
  • Maersk Alabama crew trained to defend itself, but not permitted to

    12/08/2009 4:10:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies · 658+ views
    St Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 December, 2009 | Kurt Hoffman
    The Maersk Alabama, a U.S. flagged cargo vessel, is now a veteran of not one, but two attacks by Somali pirates. The first, back in April, although ending well (except from the perspective of the pirates), was a horrid ordeal. The crew, using kitchen knives [Correction: I have just been informed that it was pocket knives, rather than kitchen knives, that the crew used--my apologies for the mistake] as their weapons, staged a fighting retreat to a secure compartment. There, they endured terrible (and potentially fatal) conditions: for 13 hours, in 130° heat, without drinking water or ventilation, they waited...
  • AP Enterprise: Crew blames capt. for pirate attack

    12/07/2009 9:37:06 PM PST · by This_far · 10 replies · 766+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | December 3, 2009 | JOHN CURRAN
    Richard Phillips, the ship captain toasted as a hero after he was taken captive by Somali pirates, ignored repeated warnings last spring to keep his freighter at least 600 miles off the African coast because of the heightened risk of attack, some members of his crew now allege. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that maritime safety groups issued at least seven such warnings in the days before outlaws boarded the Maersk Alabama about 380 miles off the shore of Somalia. A piracy expert and the captain's second-in-command say Phillips had the prerogative to heed the warnings or not....
  • Somali pirates hijack U.S.-bound oil tanker, the Maran Centaurus

    11/30/2009 1:15:00 PM PST · by pissant · 13 replies · 752+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/30/09 | staff
    NAIROBI, Kenya - Somali pirates seized a tanker carrying crude oil from Saudi Arabia to the United States in the increasingly dangerous waters off East Africa, an official said Monday, an attack that could pose a huge environmental or security threat to the region. The Greece-flagged Maran Centaurus was hijacked Sunday about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) off the coast of Somalia, said Cmdr. John Harbour, a spokesman for the EU Naval Force. Harbour said it originated from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and was destined for the United States. The ship has 28 crew members on board, he said. The shipping intelligence...
  • Somali Pirates Seize U.S.-Bound Tanker

    11/30/2009 10:23:51 AM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 721+ views
    NYTimes ^ | November 30, 2009
    Somali Pirates Seize U.S.-Bound Tanker JEFFREY GETTLEMAN November 30, 2009 NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali pirates have struck again, seizing an oil tanker loaded with $20 million in crude that was headed from Saudi Arabia to the United States, naval authorities said Monday. According to European naval reports, nine pirates hijacked the tanker and its crew of about 30 about 800 miles offshore and headed back toward pirate havens along the coast of central Somalia. The Somali pirate business appears to be back in full swing after a brief lull this summer that some attributed to increased naval patrols but which...
  • Pirates Attack Oil Tanker Off Africa's West Coast

    11/26/2009 5:18:14 AM PST · by Flavius · 9 replies · 589+ views
    fox news ^ | 11/24/09 | fox news
    African pirates attacked an oil tanker Tuesday in the oil-rich waters off the continent's west coast, Agence France Presse reported. The pirates reportedly killed a Ukranian crewman, believed to be the chief engineer of the 750-foot vessel, AFP reported.
  • British Couple Seized by Somali Pirates Plead for their Lives in New Video

    11/21/2009 2:42:56 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 17 replies · 550+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 21, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler, seized by Somali Pirates 30 days ago, pleading for their lives as they were surrounded by Somali Gunmen. The pirates are asking nearly $7 million ransom for the couple's release: The family of a British couple kidnapped by pirates have made another appeal for their release after seeing footage of them surrounded by gunmen. In a video obtained by Channel 4 News, Paul and Rachel Chandler, aged 59 and 55 and from Kent, are seen surrounded by Somali gunmen. Mr Chandler pleads for their lives, saying they fear they may...
  • Somali pirates attack Maersk Alabama again, defeated by armed security

    11/20/2009 6:56:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 649+ views
    Austin Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 November, 2009 | Howard Nemerov
    Yesterday, Somali pirates attacked the commercial cargo ship Maersk Alabama. This time, however, an armed security team successfully thwarted the attackers. Last April, Somali pirates successfully attacked the Alabama, kidnapping ship’s Captain Phillips and holding him hostage until Navy SEAL snipers killed the captors. In 2008, Vice Admiral Bill Gortney, commander of the U.S. Navy’s fleet in that area, specifically warned that the Navy “can’t be everywhere” and that “shipping companies have to take responsibility for their own ships.” It appears that after the last near-tragedy, Maersk took the warning seriously. But the story also highlights media bias against self-defense....
  • EDITORIAL: An anti-pirate policy that works

    11/20/2009 8:20:20 AM PST · by R4Roger05 · 5 replies · 427+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2009 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Merchant ships need guns to fight pirates. Seven months ago, Somali pirates attacked the Maersk Alabama and held its captain hostage. Pirates attacked the Maersk Alabama again this week but were repulsed because the Maersk Shipping Line put armed guards on its ships. Pirates successfully attacked another unarmed ship on Monday, leaving 28 members of its crew dead. On Tuesday, 36 crew members of a Spanish ship were released only after pirates were paid a $3.3 million ransom. But when the pirates got within 300 yards of the Maersk Alabama, the ship tried evasive maneuvers and its security team successfully...
  • OBAMA TRASHES BLACK PEOPLE ! ( Rev. Manning video )

    11/20/2009 2:47:59 AM PST · by sushiman · 12 replies · 704+ views
    ATLAH ^ | 11/19/09 | James D. Manning
    Obama needs more time help the black community ? Ok...Kicked Paterson and Thompson of NY to the curb ...Ignores his Grandma ...Murders of blacks in Chicago ...But has played more golf in his first year than Bush did in 8 years . Etc...
  • Somali pirates get $3.3M ransom, free 36 hostages

    11/20/2009 12:06:14 AM PST · by myknowledge · 16 replies · 1,017+ views
    The Associated Press (hosted on Google) ^ | November 18, 2009 | Mohamed Olad Hassan and Daniel Woolls
    MOGADISHU, Somalia — As a Spanish warship looked on, a $3.3 million ransom was delivered by boat Tuesday and Somali pirates freed a Spanish trawler and its 36 crew members. Spain's prime minister did little to deny paying off the hijackers — one reason the lucrative attacks are on the rise. "The government did what it had to do," Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told a news conference in Madrid. "The important thing is that the sailors will be back with us. The first obligation of a country, of the government of a state, is to save the lives...
  • Sailors Seek to Deter Piracy

    11/19/2009 3:46:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 342+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew A. Hepburn, USN
    ABOARD USS CHOSIN AT SEA, Nov. 19, 2009 – USS Chosin, home-ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, has assumed the role as flagship for the counter-piracy efforts of Combined Task Force 151 after arriving in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. "We're extremely well equipped to support this mission," said Navy Capt. Timothy Smith, the ship’s commanding officer. "An Aegis-class cruiser has an awful lot of capabilities to search and identify, perform command and control operations, collect intelligence and maintain communications related to counter piracy." Early in the deployment, the Chosin crew sighted...
  • Maersk Alabama Crew Repels Suspected Pirate Attack

    11/18/2009 3:26:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 548+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Schaeffer, USN
    MANAMA, Bahrain, Nov. 18, 2009 – The U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama’s security team repelled an attack from suspected pirates this morning 560 nautical miles off the northeastern coast of Somalia, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command officials reported. Four suspected pirates in a skiff came within 300 yards of the Maersk Alabama and used small-arms weapons in an attempt to board the ship. The ship’s security team responded with evasive maneuvers, long-range acoustic devices and small-arms fire, causing the suspected pirates to break off their attack. The acoustic devices emit a high-pitched sound that can be painful to human ears. "Due to...
  • Lesson from foiled pirate attack on Maersk Alabama? (ear splitting acoustic weaponry used)

    11/18/2009 2:26:00 PM PST · by dennisw · 15 replies · 1,339+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 18, 2009 | By Gordon Lubold
    The lesson from an unsuccessful pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden this week was simple: Guns talk. The Maersk Alabama, the American-flagged ship infamously attacked by pirates in April, was attacked again Monday when Somali pirates opened fire on the ship in an attempt to board it. But the pirates didn't get far this time, after a four-man security team aboard the ship fired back, thwarting the attack. It's the first time a large cargo ship with an armed security team aboard is known to have repelled an attack, says Vice Adm. William Gortney, who commands the Pacific region...
  • Maersk Alabama repels 2nd pirate attack with guns

    11/18/2009 7:19:19 AM PST · by dead · 70 replies · 2,419+ views
    Associated Press ^ | JASON STRAZIUSO
    ... private guards on board the U.S.-flagged ship repelled the attack with gunfire...
  • Maersk Alabama crew repels another pirate attack - this time they had guns

    11/18/2009 9:39:41 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 42 replies · 2,119+ views
    AIPNews.com ^ | November 18, 2009 | Tom Kovach
    About an hour ago, the Associated Press reported that the crew of the US-flagged merchant vessel Maersk Alabama repelled a pirate attack off the coast of Somalia.  This is the same ship that was boarded by pirates last April.  At that time, the captain of the ship was taken hostage and was held by pirates in a lifeboat for five days.  The incident ended when US Navy SEAL snipers simultaneously killed all three pirates aboard the lifeboat in a nighttime action.  This time, the pirates never got aboard the ship. What was the difference?  Guns.As the AP report makes abundantly clear,...
  • Somali Pirates Attack U.S.-Flagged Ship Again

    11/18/2009 2:54:53 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 44 replies · 3,601+ views
    FOX News ^ | 11/18/2009 | FOX News
    NAIROBI, Kenya — The EU's anti-piracy force says that Somali pirates have again attacked the Maersk Alabama, the U.S.-flagged ship hijacked last spring. The EU Naval Force says pirates fired automatic weapons at the ship, but that guards on board the craft fired back and thwarted Tuesday's attack.
  • Somali pirates free 36, claim $3 million ransom

    11/17/2009 11:09:31 AM PST · by Kartographer · 13 replies · 327+ views
    AP/MSN.com ^ | 11/17/09
    Pirates freed 36 crew members from a Spanish trawler Tuesday, and a self-proclaimed pirate said the hostage-takers were paid $3.3 million in ransom. Spain's prime minister did little to deny a payment was made — one reason the lucrative attacks are on the rise.
  • Pirates seize N Korea tanker crew

    11/17/2009 3:22:14 AM PST · by darkside321 · 21 replies · 1,167+ views
    A chemical tanker with a crew of 28 North Koreans has been hijacked by pirates near Somalia, the European Union's naval force says. The MV Theresa VIII, a Singaporean-operated tanker, was taken on Monday in the south Somali Basin, 180 nautical miles north west of the Seychelles. The vessel had been heading for the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, but was diverted north, the naval force said. The EU naval force (Navfor) operates in the region to protect shipping. Somali pirates, using "mother ships" to launch their small-boat attacks on vessels, have extended their range to an area off the...
  • Somali judge who jailed pirates, insurgents killed

    11/12/2009 10:53:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 786+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/12/09 | Mohamed Olad Hassan - ap
    MOGADISHU, Somalia – Gunmen have killed a top Somali judge who had sentenced many pirates and human traffickers to long jail terms, the security minister for northern Somalia said Thursday. Mohamed Said Samatar said three men were arrested Thursday over the killing of High Court Judge Mohamed Abdi Aware. In addition to jailing suspected pirates, Aware also recently jailed four members of Somalia's Islamic insurgency. Eyewitness Mohamud Dahir said masked men with pistols shot the judge in the head and chest several times as he left a mosque Wednesday evening in the port city of Bossaso. "These gangs hate him...
  • Hi-tech Somali pirates outgunned by Aussie navy

    10/31/2009 6:03:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies · 1,874+ views
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 30th October 2009 | Max Blenkin, aboard HMAS Toowoomba
    UP close and personal, the modern day pirate gang is a mob of scruffily dressed Somali males armed to the teeth with AK-47 assault rifles and other weapons. And the group encountered by those aboard the Anzac Frigate HMAS Toowoomba in the Indian Ocean last month were distinctly unhappy that their plan to hijack a Portuguese freighter had been thwarted. But they weren't about to admit they were pirates. Communicating through a Somali language interpreter, Lieutenant Jace (Jace) Hutchison, officer in charge of Toowoomba's nine-member boarding party, asked just what they had in mind in approaching the Portuguese vessel. They...
  • Somali pirates warn Britain against yacht rescue

    10/28/2009 12:32:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,258+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/28/09 | Abdi Guled
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali pirates holding two Britons captive aboard a yacht off the coast of the Horn of Africa nation warned Britain not to try to rescue the couple. The pirates seized the vessel on Friday morning hundreds of miles out to sea near the Seychelles archipelago. They have taken it to the Somali coast with a view to demanding a ransom for their captives. "If warships surround us, we shall point our guns at the British tourists. They are old and we will take care of them -- that is if we are not attacked," said a pirate...