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Pirates leave ships under US Navy escort
Associated Press ^ | Nov. 4, 2007 | EDWARD HARRIS

Posted on 11/04/2007 9:01:01 AM PST by george76

Somali pirates left two boats they had hijacked in the waters off the Horn of Africa, and the newly liberated vessels — and their crew of 24 — were under U.S. Navy escort on Sunday.

A U.S. Navy ship and helicopter were guiding the Tanzanian-flagged boats Mavuno 1 and 2 further out to sea, where naval personnel will later board the vessels and treat crew members, said Cmdr. Lydia Robertson of the U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. The Navy is in radio contact with pirates aboard three other ships in the region, encouraging them also to leave those ships and sail back to Somalia, she told The Associated Press.

"We're very happy with this development and hope it happens with the other ships off the coast," Robertson said. "We're very happy for the crew and their families."

Robertson said the pirates boarded skiffs after they left the hijacked ships, and headed back to Somalia. No shots were fired during the incident...

The U.S. has now intervened four times in one week to help ships hijacked by Somali pirates...

Hijackings in the vast stretch of water frequently go unreported.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: africa; hornofafrica; islam; islamicterrorists; islamists; kenya; maritime; muslims; nairobi; navy; pirates; rop; somali; somalipirates; terrorists; trop; us; usn; usnavyship
More bad news for Pelosi, Reid, and other DUmmies...

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1 posted on 11/04/2007 9:01:02 AM PST by george76
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To: BIGLOOK; Allegra; elhombrelibre

In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, a boarding team climbes aboard a North Korean-flagged vessel to help crew members wounded in a battle with pirates off the coast of Somalia, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 at sea.

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2 posted on 11/04/2007 9:04:20 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

SOP should be their electrocution until they catch fire.
Then burial with pigs on webcam.


3 posted on 11/04/2007 9:05:10 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: george76
More bad news for Pelosi, Reid, and other DUmmies...

In their fantasy world, it never happened.

4 posted on 11/04/2007 9:05:24 AM PST by rhombus
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To: george76

5 posted on 11/04/2007 9:06:21 AM PST by RDTF ("Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear". Mark Twain)
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To: george76

Won’t be many more happy endings when the LOST treaty gets approved by the Senate. In the future it’ll be non-stop committee meetings and angry letters.


6 posted on 11/04/2007 9:23:26 AM PST by Seruzawa (Attila the Hun... wasn't he a liberal?)
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To: george76

“Robertson said the pirates boarded skiffs after they left the hijacked ships, and headed back to Somalia. No shots were fired during the incident...”

US Navy should have engaged and sunk them.

No quarter for pirates!


7 posted on 11/04/2007 9:27:11 AM PST by GovernmentIsTheProblem (The GOP is "Whig"ing out.)
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To: george76

Do commercial ships carry any weapons? Or are assault rifles banned aboard ships?


8 posted on 11/04/2007 9:27:46 AM PST by ricks_place
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To: george76

I wish they’d call these guys what they are. When the public hears “pirates” they think Blackbeard or Captain Jack Sparrow. These guys are Islamic terrorists with boats. But that wouldn’t fit the media template, I guess.


9 posted on 11/04/2007 9:31:29 AM PST by phrogphlyer (Proud member of the contrarian fringe.)
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To: GovernmentIsTheProblem

I don’t understand that either. They seem to be negotiating with the pirates and letting them go free to attack again.

If every 20th or 50th cargo ship had a Navy contingent on board and pirate ships were routinely sank during their attack and surviving pirates left to drown, there would be a lot fewer pirates after a while.

During the 18th and 19th centuries the Royal Navy paid their crews “head money” for each killed or captured pirate. The sailors were very enthusiastic about pirate hunting.


10 posted on 11/04/2007 9:33:00 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: ricks_place

In international waters, anything goes. I remember a story from a year or two back of a cruise ship repelling pirates by use of automatic weapons. The problem is in the various ports these ships might visit. Think concealed carry law differences from state to state, only on a much larger scale.


11 posted on 11/04/2007 9:33:11 AM PST by phrogphlyer (Proud member of the contrarian fringe.)
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To: george76

This article seems to report that the pirates were allowed to leave peacefully....

In a sane world - it would have been SSS...
Shoot, Sink and Silence...

The world is obviously becoming more insane -— when an opportunity to rid the world of such cockroaches is ignored.


12 posted on 11/04/2007 9:45:38 AM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Sherman Logan

“During the 18th and 19th centuries the Royal Navy paid their crews “head money” for each killed or captured pirate. The sailors were very enthusiastic about pirate hunting.”

Yes, well, George TROP Bush wasn’t calling the shots back then, was he?!


13 posted on 11/04/2007 9:45:40 AM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Seruzawa
With the present Navy brass and Bush pushing for LOST and trying to turn our Navy into an arm of Foggy Bottom to make it a type of peace corpse.
14 posted on 11/04/2007 9:45:49 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: ricks_place
Many ships are starting to use this neat little contraption.
15 posted on 11/04/2007 9:55:05 AM PST by Brian Mosely (A government is a body of people -- usually notably ungoverned)
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To: Brian Mosely

BUMP!


16 posted on 11/04/2007 10:04:35 AM PST by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: george76
In "radio contact with pirates"? "Allowing the pirates to get off the ships"? What's going on, here? This is not how President Jefferson dealt with the Barbary Pirates. The only way the pirates should leave the ships is by burial at sea.

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17 posted on 11/04/2007 10:09:35 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Brian Mosely
Many ships are starting to use this neat little contraption.

Cool! An ear slitting sonic beam. Come closer and the pain increases.

18 posted on 11/04/2007 10:18:05 AM PST by ricks_place
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To: Brian Mosely

19 posted on 11/04/2007 11:07:01 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: george76

Make them walk the plank.


20 posted on 11/04/2007 11:08:51 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: george76

We should hunt down the pirates and sink them.


21 posted on 11/04/2007 11:35:21 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: GovernmentIsTheProblem

Hang ‘em from the yard arms. Do they still have yard arms?


22 posted on 11/04/2007 12:41:40 PM PST by DManA
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To: ricks_place
Do commercial ships carry any weapons?

I believe so.

I took part in a transatlantic race on a fifty-footer and the six of us were armed to the teeth.

Made the Irish Customs people a little nervous since they had grabbed a Boston-based vessel a few years earlier that was loaded with weapons for the IRA (Whitey Bulger helped organize it).
23 posted on 11/04/2007 12:54:33 PM PST by Beckwith (dhimmicrats and the liberal media have .chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: ricks_place

Generally there are handguns aboard, and not many. From what I have heard, the fear of mutiny is weighed against the risk of piracy. No Blackwater guys to guard against this crap.


24 posted on 11/04/2007 1:02:26 PM PST by Safetgiver (So simple, even a Muslim can do it.)
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To: Beckwith
LOl

“And why, Sir, are you carrying an AK-47 on board?”

Oh, simple enough Officer. If we face a dismasting, I want to be able to cut the shrouds.”

“I see Sir. Jolly good then. Welcome to our port. Just leave your eeerrr survival tools with the Port Captian - he’ll issue you a receipt. Enjoy your stay”.

NOT

25 posted on 11/04/2007 1:07:35 PM PST by ASOC
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To: george76

Intersting....No mention that they are Islamists.


26 posted on 11/04/2007 3:13:57 PM PST by blasater1960 ( Dt 30, Ps 111, The Law is perfect, attainable, now and forever)
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To: ASOC

Actually, that’s pretty much the way it went.

It probably helped that the owner of the Tramore, an American citizen, was also a citizen of Ireland with the title of Squire.


27 posted on 11/04/2007 6:09:19 PM PST by Beckwith (dhimmicrats and the liberal media have .chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: GovernmentIsTheProblem

That may have ben part of the deal. Leave or die.


28 posted on 11/05/2007 8:14:03 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: Brian Mosely

We had an LRAD on my last ship when we were off of Somalia. Never had a chance to try it.


29 posted on 11/07/2007 1:27:25 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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