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Old 09-29-2008, 05:29 PM   #15
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All very nice but until the US warship blows the pirates clean out of the water they (the pirates) will not stop. These people live by the sword and they should die by the sword. It is that simple!

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I have to agree, in this part of the world you have to fight fire with fire. No amount of diplomacy is going to do it.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:43 PM   #16
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Fighting amongst themselves :- CLICK HERE
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"A spokesman for the pirates which seized the ship and its Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Russian crew said on Sunday that his men were ready to fight to the death to protect their catch."

Sounds like a perfect invitation, and solution...Stupid Pirates!
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Somali pirates free Japanese tanker for ransom of $1.6 Million October 09, 2008, 11:15

Somali pirates freed a Japanese chemical tanker and its crew today after a $1.6 million ransom was paid, a regional government official said.

The MT Irene was seized by gunmen on August 21 as it travelled to India from France through the Gulf of Aden.

"The pirates disembarked and the ship sailed away. Its 25 crew members are safe," Abdulqadir Muse Yusuf, assistant fisheries minister for Somalia's northern region of Puntland, said without elaborating.

$8 million ransom deal

In the highest profile incident in years, Somali gunmen are holding a Ukrainian ship loaded with tanks and other weaponry.

Yesterday, an onshore associate of the pirates said an $8 million ransom deal was in the offing that might allow that ship to be freed within days.

What the Hey ???? Why doesn't anyone have any guts anymore, this may be great for the captives and I feel for them, but all this does is promotes more piracy around the world and what ever happened to sacrifice the few for the many ?
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Paying the ransom is the worst idea yet. That will only make it worse.

In WWII they armed the merchant marines and had some freighters as decoys that were armed to the teeth. How inexpensive it would be to have couple of 50 cal auto and a couple of Barretts on board. Make it as unpleasant as possible. You could ferry security contractors between ships as they made their way through the area.

I must be missing something. You come to the party with more protection than the other guy, end of story.

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Old 10-12-2008, 06:35 PM   #20
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The pirates got a Greek chemical tanker on Friday. The ones on the Ukrainian ship holding the tanks and weapons are threatening to blow up the ship on Monday if thier demands aren't satisfied. There are now 6 U.S. Navy ships surrounding it. Russia and Spain as well as the UN are on thier way to the Gulf of Aden as well...Looks like thing are going to come to a head here very soon! Bye Bye Stupid Pirates! I hope?!
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How much is it to modify a Lagoon 440 for .50cal BMG mounts?

Shotguns would also make a good close-in weapon system.
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Don't go down that path. It has all been discussed before and you will find lots about it in the CL archives.

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German navy captures pirates off Somalia

3 Mar 2009 15:57 CET

The German navy thwarted an attack on cargo ship off the coast of Somalia on Tuesday and capture nine pirates, according to military officials in Berlin.

The German military reported that the frigate Rheinland-Pfalz responded to a distress call at 07:12 from the MV Courier sailing in the Gulf of Aden.

The vessel, which belongs to the Hamburg shipping company Gebrüder Winter and flies the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, said it was under attack by pirates using rocket propelled grenades and small arms.

The German naval warship, some 50 nautical miles away at the time of the attack, deployed a helicopter to the scene. Along with an American helicopter from the USS Monterey, the Germans were able to deter the attack by firing warning shots.

Naval forces later boarded the hostile vessel and arrested nine men. It’s the first time that the German navy has captured pirates since joining the international anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia.
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