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Royal Navy in firefight with Somali pirates
The Times ^ | November 12, 2008 | Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Rob Crilly

Posted on 11/12/2008 12:59:23 PM PST by Mercia

Pirates caught redhanded by one of Her Majesty’s warships after trying to hijack a cargo ship off Somalia made the grave mistake of opening fire on two Royal Navy assault craft packed with commandos armed with machineguns and SA80 rifles.

In the ensuing gunfight, two Somali pirates in a Yemeni-registered fishing dhow were killed, and a third pirate, believed to be a Yemeni, suffered injuries and subsequently died. It was the first time the Royal Navy had been engaged in a fatal shoot-out on the high seas in living memory.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: killemall; maritime; navy; noprisoners; piracy; pirates; royalnavy; somalia; somalipirates; uk
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1 posted on 11/12/2008 12:59:24 PM PST by Mercia
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To: Mercia

The way England is today? It’s an even match.


2 posted on 11/12/2008 1:01:21 PM PST by Doug4McCain (I'm ashamed of myself for supporting McCain, but I still love Sarah Palin.)
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To: Mercia

3 posted on 11/12/2008 1:01:59 PM PST by nralife (Sarah doesn't know it's a damn show! She thinks it's a damn fight!)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick
I pronounce the word "Pirates" to rhyme with "Pilates".

I've got an interesting spin on Pontius Pilate too.

Owl_Eagle

“When the stock market crashed,
Franklin Roosevelt got on the television
and didn’t just talk about
the princes of greed, he said,
‘Look, here’s what happened.’"
-Slow Joe Biden

4 posted on 11/12/2008 1:02:42 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Mercia

Where is MadIvan when you need him?


5 posted on 11/12/2008 1:02:51 PM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (God Save The United States From The Democrats. Amen.)
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To: Mercia

See...If you actually defend yourself, most of the time you’ll win...

Now why they didn’t do this back when all their guys and gals got captured by a bunch of Iranian tards is beyond me...


6 posted on 11/12/2008 1:02:57 PM PST by stevie_d_64
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To: Mercia

I wish there was footage of this. How exciting to see the Brits in action.


7 posted on 11/12/2008 1:03:07 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Mercia
HMS Cumberland
8 posted on 11/12/2008 1:03:28 PM PST by Mercia
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To: Mercia
It was the first time the Royal Navy had been engaged in a fatal shoot-out on the high seas in living memory.

Guess the authors are pretty young. (Falklands War, 1982).

9 posted on 11/12/2008 1:04:49 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mercia; All

can we keep the snide comments to the minimum, and focus on the serious matter at hand?

Namely, stopping the piracy around the Horn of Africa. Good to see isn’t it, that such a large coalition of vessels have converged in the region to perform these kinds of actions?


10 posted on 11/12/2008 1:05:42 PM PST by Mercia
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To: Mercia

After they capture them, they’ll gently set them on a beach somewhere,

as is policy.


11 posted on 11/12/2008 1:06:15 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, and Thuggery)
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To: Mercia
I remember reading where the Somalians hijacked an Iranian ship full of radioactive material/waste.

Once they opened the sealed containers everyone who came in contact with its contents died shortly after.

12 posted on 11/12/2008 1:06:40 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Mr. Mojo

I think the shoot-out refers to hand held weapons. The Falklands War did not involve this sort of fighting (at sea.)


13 posted on 11/12/2008 1:07:40 PM PST by Ingtar (For the first time in my adult life, I am NOT proud of America.)
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To: Mercia

The Barbary Pirates are back. Will the US Marines clear them out again? I doubt it.


14 posted on 11/12/2008 1:08:31 PM PST by Ingtar (For the first time in my adult life, I am NOT proud of America.)
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To: Ingtar

Yeah, probably so.


15 posted on 11/12/2008 1:08:33 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Ingtar

That’s something that isn’t being mentioned about these “pirates” -

they are ISLAMIC TERRORISTS.

They just happen to be operating on the sea.


16 posted on 11/12/2008 1:09:42 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, and Thuggery)
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To: Mercia

17 posted on 11/12/2008 1:09:45 PM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: nralife
Only one question, why is that dhow still on the surface?
Ok two, why are there bad guys still standing?
18 posted on 11/12/2008 1:09:47 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Mercia

I think they are trying to make up for the last encounter with 4 Iranians in a row boat. That time they all surrendered and sold out their country on TV at the first opportunity.


19 posted on 11/12/2008 1:13:14 PM PST by pfflier
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To: Mercia
It was the first time the Royal Navy had been engaged in a fatal shoot-out on the high seas in living memory.

What an idiotic statement.

There are many people still alive today who remember the sinking of the Bismark and every bit of World War II.

Where do they get these journalists?

20 posted on 11/12/2008 1:14:45 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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