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US Warship Reaches Somali Coast
BBC News ^ | April 08, 2009

Posted on 04/08/2009 9:49:53 PM PDT by Steelfish

US warship reaches Somali coast

Pirates are believed to be holding Capt Richard Phillips hostage An American warship, the USS Bainbridge, has reached the area off the coast of Somalia where a cargo ship was seized by pirates a day earlier.

US crew members have recaptured their ship but the captain is still being held hostage by the attackers. The pirates' boat is floating near the Maersk Alabama, its owners told the Associated Press. Officials are waiting for sunrise to see what happens.

The ship was taken about 500km (311 miles) off Somalia's coast. Other US vessels are speeding towards the scene.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the government was following the situation very closely and urged the world to act to end the "scourge" of piracy.

Earlier, US media organisations telephoned members of the ship's crew to get details of their struggle against the pirates.

Second mate Ken Quinn told US TV network CNN how the crew had captured one of the pirates and kept him tied up for 12 hours.

As they attempted to negotiate the release of their captain, who has been named as Richard Phillips, they freed the captive attacker.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hostages; maerskalabama; maritime; shipmovement; somalipirates; usnavy; ussbainbridge

1 posted on 04/08/2009 9:49:53 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

If the waters are quiet, a SEAL team should quietly swim up at night and kill the pirates holding the captian.

We can expect the libscum crowd to hold candle light vigils for the pirates (just like they did for the mass murdering rampaging rapist of a 12 year old), but who really cares?


2 posted on 04/08/2009 9:54:40 PM PDT by piytar (Obama = Mugabe wannabe. Wake up America.)
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To: Steelfish
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the government was following the situation very closely and urged the world to act to end the "scourge" of piracy.

Elections have consequences.

3 posted on 04/08/2009 9:55:44 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: piytar
If the waters are quiet, a SEAL team should quietly swim up at night and kill the pirates holding the captian.

Which is exactly what should happen, and would if I were in charge.

4 posted on 04/08/2009 9:57:13 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Steelfish
...I cannot believe the amount of coverage this is getting, and what it says about the state of our country. Just a few months back we were engaged in a global struggle against jihadists and rogue nations, America was strong and independent with a commander-in-chief who made it clear that you were either with the forces of liberty and goodness or against them. Now we have a 'president' that bows to the degenerate Saudi king, have no response to weapons tests by rogue regimes or communist coups in former Soviet satellites, are setting our enemies free and discussing overseas contingency operations for man-caused disasters while remaining glued to reports about a single U.S. destroyer about to engage a rowboat full of illiterate Somali 'pirates'...

wake me up when it's all over

5 posted on 04/08/2009 9:59:09 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: Steelfish

Skeet shooting off the fantail!


6 posted on 04/08/2009 9:59:33 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: piytar
If the waters are quiet, a SEAL team should quietly swim up at night and kill the pirates holding the captian.

I was thinking the same thing. Have a sub hover just below the surface and launch a seal team at night. Waste the pirates then torpedo the mother ship.

7 posted on 04/08/2009 10:00:25 PM PDT by ParityErr (It's impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: neodad

The Clintonistas gave us WTC1; East African Bombings, USS Cole and gave us “The Path To 9/11” Now HRC with BHO will charter another path to disaster.


8 posted on 04/08/2009 10:02:05 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: ParityErr

I hope and pray this turns out ok. I don’t have confidence in the Obama administration to deal with foreign crises. Remember Joe Biden said Obama would be tested?

I have no confidence in Obama, but I do hope I’m wrong.


9 posted on 04/08/2009 10:02:34 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

My only hope is that zero is too distracted with his Wed night cocain bash to restrict the captain on scene’s orders, and the captain takes care of business...


10 posted on 04/08/2009 10:06:04 PM PDT by piytar (Obama = Mugabe wannabe. Wake up America.)
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To: Steelfish

11 posted on 04/08/2009 10:06:40 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Steelfish

We could sink every one of these “mother ships” before breakfast one fine morning if we so chose. I wonder why we don’t? Even if some of them are posing as “fishermen”, it ought to be child’s play to shadow major ports with a few of our attack subs, follow the big boats out to sea, wait for them to play their hand, and then turn every last one of them into chum.


12 posted on 04/08/2009 10:11:22 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: ccmay
I wonder why we don’t?

Every great president has had his War. Maybe Obamarama will have his War with the Pirates so he can be Great too.

13 posted on 04/08/2009 10:17:21 PM PDT by WesternPacific (I am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils!)
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To: WesternPacific

That would involve killing islamists. Zero won’t go there. Instead, he’ll find a way to kill Christians or (try) Jews ala Clinton bombing Christian Serbs to help islamists crack Yugoslavia apart. Not kidding.


14 posted on 04/08/2009 10:22:56 PM PDT by piytar (Obama = Mugabe wannabe. Wake up America.)
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To: Steelfish

Bookmarked and a re-visit is negotiated.


15 posted on 04/08/2009 10:30:43 PM PDT by Buddy B (MSgt Retired-USAF - Year: 1972)
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To: piytar
That would involve killing islamists. Zero won’t go there.

He can demonize and then target those few pesky Arab Christians for his great war. That way he will accomplish something President Bush couldn't do, gain the support of the majority islamic slim.

16 posted on 04/08/2009 10:41:07 PM PDT by WesternPacific (I am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils!)
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To: Steelfish

USS Bainbridge (DDG 96)

17 posted on 04/08/2009 11:03:47 PM PDT by Daaave ("Where it all ends I can't fathom my friends")
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To: Steelfish

“US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the government was following the situation very closely and urged the world to act to end the “scourge” of piracy. “

Oh, my! How decisive! Idiots.


18 posted on 04/08/2009 11:15:18 PM PDT by Levante
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Zero will offer them TARP money and call it a day.


19 posted on 04/08/2009 11:27:14 PM PDT by katykelly
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To: Steelfish
Isn't this a ObamaBidenClinton Fascist War against the Somalian pirates "Freedom Fighters"????
20 posted on 04/08/2009 11:35:27 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: ParityErr

The “mother ship” is as valuable as the decal on the side of the torpedo and needs to be sunk by putting something like a single rpg into it.


21 posted on 04/08/2009 11:58:05 PM PDT by arthurus ( H.L. Mencken said, "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.")
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To: piytar

Remember, He bowed to the Saracen Keeper of the Holy places. Only a citizen of Saudia Arabia or a Moslem of anywhere would bow to that king. An American president has never bowed to a foreign monarch anywhere, until Hussein’s Arabian obeisance. That act speaks ominously of the American attitude toward Israel. I believe we will totally change sides in that conflict and become an ally of Iran and Syria at some point. Then Hussein I of America means to use what is left of American resources to help the “Palestinians” rebuild from the rubble of Tel Aviv.


22 posted on 04/09/2009 12:04:13 AM PDT by arthurus ( H.L. Mencken said, "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.")
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To: Steelfish

I understand that the Somali coast is basically packed with these low lifes. My non PC response is that we resolve this matter , then carpet bomb the entire pirate coast, and call any slain innocent bystanders collateral damage.


23 posted on 04/09/2009 12:04:24 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: All

Only caught a glance on Greta...There appeared to be several folks in custody. Where they from the mothership?


24 posted on 04/09/2009 1:27:50 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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To: Steelfish

It is ironic that the USS Bainbridge should be the first US Navy vessel on the scene. Commodore William Bainbridge, for whom the ship is named, did not exactly cover himself in glory in his initial contacts with the Barbary Pirates.

Before the start of the conflict, Baibridge was dispatched to bring our tribute to the Dey of Algiers, and carelessly anchored his gunboat, the USS George Washington, directly under the guns of the Dey’s fortress. The Dey used this superior tactical position to force Bainbridge to raise the Algerian flag on his masthead and ferry the Algerian Ambassador and his retinue to Constantinople.

Later, Bainbridge ran another vessel, the USS Philadelphia, aground, resulting in the captrue of himself and his entire crew. Bainbridge was imprisoned for the next two and a half years.

During the War of 1812, Bainbridge aquitted himself somewhat more gloriously, commanding the 44-gun USS Constitution to a great victory over the HMS Java, which is why we are still naming ships after him today.


25 posted on 04/09/2009 3:30:53 AM PDT by gridlock (Build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, he'll be warm the rest of his life.)
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To: americanophile
wake me up when it's all over

Shouldn't be long, at this rate...

26 posted on 04/09/2009 3:32:19 AM PDT by gridlock (Build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, he'll be warm the rest of his life.)
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To: ParityErr

Or just have the sub surface right under the lifeboat without warning. I doubt the hostage takes would have a chance to do anything but save their own lives if they suddenly found themselves in the water under violent circumstances!


27 posted on 04/09/2009 5:16:51 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: Daaave
Uh oh. I can see the charges of a disproportionate response coming a mile away. Come on, guys, where's the fairness in making one small lifeboat and four people take on a US Navy warship. Bullies, pure and simple.

</sarc>

28 posted on 04/09/2009 5:19:14 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: Steelfish
I believe Hillary said,

Stop right now or I'll ask the U.N. to remind the "international community" that "the U.S. is not at war with Somali pirates."

Or was that from Ann Coulter?

29 posted on 04/09/2009 5:20:08 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Steelfish

re: Officials are waiting for sunrise to see what happens

I know we have to take into account the fact this is a report in the press, need I say more, but that statement certainly doesn’t do a lot to inspire confidence in their approach to situation!

I know that on land US forces OWN the night. I assume it’s the same at sea. Seems like they would have spent the time underway to the scene cooking up a couple of plans to be used immediately upon arrival. I also know that being impulsive is not good in most cases and that I would best leave these things to those who know what they’re doing.


30 posted on 04/09/2009 5:30:11 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: arthurus
“all hands on deck. Free fire surface weapons practice. This is not a drill.”
31 posted on 04/09/2009 5:36:23 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: arthurus
Remember, He bowed to the Saracen Keeper of the Holy places. Only a citizen of Saudia Arabia or a Moslem of anywhere would bow to that king. An American president has never bowed to a foreign monarch anywhere, until Hussein’s Arabian obeisance.

Bingo ...

32 posted on 04/09/2009 5:38:51 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: arthurus

Yup, it is easy to see it coming. Seem to remember some book somewhere that says what happens when all the nations of the Earth align against Israel. It doesn’t work out well. (I am of course referring to Revelations.)


33 posted on 04/09/2009 6:31:16 AM PDT by piytar (Obama = Mugabe wannabe. Wake up America.)
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To: Daaave

Good Grief! Fabulous


34 posted on 04/09/2009 10:35:30 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: gridlock
The Philadelphia incident was also what made Stephen Decatur, when he took a small group of men on a night raid to set her afire.

Ironincally, Bainbridge was Decatur's second in the duel that killed Decatur.

35 posted on 04/09/2009 10:55:40 AM PDT by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Levante

Article I, Section 8: To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;


36 posted on 04/09/2009 11:09:25 AM PDT by keep your powder dry
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To: CaptRon

I was reading up on Bainbridge today. When I heard the name of the ship, I knew he was involved in the original Barbary Pirates actions, but I confess I was not certain of the details. It sounds like a fascinating story.

Could you recommend a good history of the Barbary Wars? There seems to be very little out there.


37 posted on 04/09/2009 11:22:14 AM PDT by gridlock (Build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, he'll be warm the rest of his life.)
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To: gridlock

There’s quite a variety out there...I read one back in the early 90s, published around that timeframe - late 80’s maybe

But one crackerjack one is

CS Forester - The Barbary Pirates.


38 posted on 04/09/2009 11:25:50 AM PDT by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: gridlock

Honestly I can’t. What I knew of him I learned in Naval Science as a young Midshipman. I must say though, given his overall record, especially with the Philadelphia, it’s a wonder to me that the Navy still honors him.


39 posted on 04/09/2009 11:30:51 AM PDT by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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