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Old 04-17-2006, 06:27 PM   #29
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The Australian paper is reporting another yacht attacked off Yemen, with two naval vessels on the chase. Watch this space
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Old 04-18-2006, 12:44 AM   #30
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Seems to be a false alarm.

See: http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/top...?TOPIC_ID=1965
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Old 04-26-2006, 04:21 PM   #31
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Hi folks.

I have been on holiday at home in Sweden for a while but now it is time to get back to the grind. I am off to the Yemen on 2nd May and I am looking forward to trying to make a difference in the area. Let's hope things work out and that the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea become safer places for all cruisers.

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Good luck Stephen!
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Hi Guys,

I have been in Yemen just over a week now and have in some ways become a little disillusioned. Nothing works here.

The Yemeni navy bought 10 patrol bpats from Australia. These are about 35 metres long and do about 28 knots. These are all out of commission. A whole bunch of engineers went to Australia for training but these guys have all dissapeared. The engineers were probably not engineers but just friends of the Minister who were going for a 'jolly'.

The navy also have a couple of ex Soviet landing craft which do go to sea at times. They also have a corvette which has apparantly been at sea recently.

However, the is an acute shortage of navigators in the navy so their ships basically never go to sea. There is no cooperation between the navy and the coastguard, which is a shame as there are some competent people in the coastguard who could navuigate etc.

The US boats which were sent to the coastguard are only suitable for harbour work but the coastguard is more effective than the navy. Both the US and the Royal Navy are training coastguard people too. The US is concerned more with policy and strategy whilst the RN are working more hands on.

It will take time but it looks as if the coastguard will be a force to reckon with in the future but we are looking at a time line of about 10 years, maybe longer.

All in all, things are improving but it will take a very long time.

More later...

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Good luck, it seems you will be needing it!
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Old 05-08-2006, 06:10 PM   #35
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Stephen

As per my earlier post I am not surprised at all by what you have found and it proves that nothing has changed since I was there 25 years ago.

However, in that part of the world change is very slow to bring about and you need endless patience. The mind set there is completely different to what we know and this is very difficult to come to terms with. Time means nothing at all and there is no urgency. The Australian jolly you talk about is probably a very accurate assessment of what actually happened.

We all appreciate what you are trying to do and hope that you make some difference.

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