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megimoo
04-12-2009, 05:40 AM
Pirates Fire On U.S. Navy

"Isn't Firing on a Sovereign National Vessel an Act of War? Hey Obama Where Do You Keep Your Testicles these days ?"

Gunfire Erupts As Sailors Approach Lifeboat Holding Somali Bandits And Hostage;

Pirates opened fired as a small U.S. Navy team approached the enclosed lifeboat on which an American was being held hostage in waters off the coast of Somalia, CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozer reports.

A Defense Department official told CBS News that the Navy team was in a rubber craft headed toward the lifeboat holding the kidnapped captain of the Maersk Alabama when Somali pirates fired at or in the general direction of the Navy boat.

The U.S. official would not confirm whether they traded fire.

He told Dozier that the Navy craft did not retreat, noting, Its an ongoing operation. Things change on the ground. Last update we had was a while ago.

The official did confirm that from this operation they have proof that Captain Richard Phillips is still safe.

Two Navy warships are in the vicinity of the lifeboat, with a third on the way, and they are working to not let the pirates reach shore.

Capt. Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was seized Wednesday when he thwarted the takeover of the 17,000-ton U.S.-flagged ship, which was carrying food aid for hungry people in Somalia, Rwanda and Uganda. He told his crew to lock themselves in a cabin, crew members told stateside relatives.

Phillips surrendered himself to safeguard his men. The crew later overpowered some of the pirates but the Somalis fled with the captain to an enclosed lifeboat, the relatives said.

Meanwhile, Somali pirates have hijacked an American-owned, Italian-flagged tugboat with a 16-member crew in the Gulf of Aden.

Shona Lowe, a spokeswoman at NATO's Northwood maritime command center, confirmed that the tugboat was hijacked Saturday morning in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia's northern coast when it was towing barges.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/04/11/world/main4936857.shtml

AlmostThere
04-12-2009, 10:45 AM
What exists in maritime law that would prevent a small contingent of armed personnel on-board these vessels? I can appreciate not wanting heavy weapons but why not a squad of men with hand-held weapons? Even a single man with an automatic weapon on deck would probably deter some of these attacks. Putting multimillion dollar vessels and cargo to sea with absolutely no protection is insane. :confused:

SaintLouieWoman
04-12-2009, 11:01 AM
What exists in maritime law that would prevent a small contingent of armed personnel on-board these vessels? I can appreciate not wanting heavy weapons but why not a squad of men with hand-held weapons? Even a single man with an automatic weapon on deck would probably deter some of these attacks. Putting multimillion dollar vessels and cargo to sea with absolutely no protection is insane. :confused:

It's that New World Order. :eek:

Sorry, prefer the days of Reagan and Bush and Cheney. None of them would waste time with those pirates. Hope Obama lets the Seals do their thing. It would be over, instead of us looking like an emasculated nation with a slick annointed one as our leader.

Speedy
04-12-2009, 11:59 AM
A few guys with good sniper rifles and there could be some big fun to be had.

djones520
04-12-2009, 01:40 PM
Report on Foxnews is that 3 of the pirates are dead, the 4th in custody and the Captain is rescued.

Odysseus
04-12-2009, 04:07 PM
What exists in maritime law that would prevent a small contingent of armed personnel on-board these vessels? I can appreciate not wanting heavy weapons but why not a squad of men with hand-held weapons? Even a single man with an automatic weapon on deck would probably deter some of these attacks. Putting multimillion dollar vessels and cargo to sea with absolutely no protection is insane. :confused:

Nothing in maritime law precludes armed self-defense. It's more of a wardobe issue, in that the people who own these shipping companies didn't allow for testicles in their pants.

PoliCon
04-13-2009, 01:13 AM
We have to remember - Firing us is not an act of war - it's a minor criminal offense to be dealth with by the UN. Just ask the DU. :rolleyes:

megimoo
04-13-2009, 04:42 AM
A few guys with good sniper rifles and there could be some big fun to be had.Good call ,Thats just what happened !