Skip to comments.American Captain Tries Daring Escape from Somali Pirates .....(quickly recaptured)
Posted on 04/10/2009 5:06:42 AM PDT by IrishMike
American Captain Tries Daring Escape from Somali Pirates
Both Sides Send Reinforcements to Pirate Standoff
The American captain being held hostage by Somali pirates dove into the water during the night in an attempt to escape, but was quickly recaptured, Defense Department officials said today.
The daring overnight escape attempt by Capt. Richard Phillips was the Vermont sailor's latest bit of heroics in the four day old drama on the high seas 300 miles from the nearest coastline.
Phillips had earlier volunteered to be a hostage after his unarmed men took back their freighter, the Maersk Alabama, from the pirates. The captain stepped forward to be a hostage to avoid a bloody battle with the gun toting pirates.
Phillips, 53, didn't get far in his effort to single handedly end the standoff. He was quickly recaptured by the four pirates in the 28-foot open lifeboat. The pirates, out of gas but armed with AK-47 rifles, insist on taking Phillips back to Somalia to hold him for ransom.
Tensions escalated around the little boat today with both sides sending reinforcements to the scene.
The U.S. destroyer Bainbridge has been keeping an eye on the four pirates in recent days and is being joined by another warship, the Halyburton, which carries two helicopters.
The pirates also claim to be sending reinforcements, hijacked ships with their captured crews as human shields.
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I think it’s time for snipers. Seriously.
What now, Barry?
A Mullah Omar moment perhaps?
An easy night job for SEALS.
From another thread, apparently Obama has given the order for the Navy NOT to shoot, and is NOT allowing the SEALs into the water.
Fly in a bunch of those seized counterfeit Korean 100s we have.
Pay them off.
Meanwhile, follow the bunch back to their base by satillite.
When they arrive, meet them with a B-52 dropping 100+ 500lb iron bombs in a mini Ark Light.
Case closed...message sent and received.
He’s still trying to figure a response to North Korea’s missile launch.
He needs a juice man, drink a little stimulus in the morning !
The early news said the pirates and the Captain were now in a craft with a “roof” so they are hidden somewhat from sharpshooters.
It would seem to be in the pirates’ best interest to keep that Captain alive - he is their ticket to money and escape - if something happens to him - they are all dead.
He is the only reason they are still breathing.
Since the hostages are non-US, it’s U.N. time. The circus just grew to Barnum and Bailey size.
The life boat is an enclosed capsule. No clear shot.
If Capt. Richard Phillips survives this, we need to see how he swings politically. He might be Presidential material.
The "Halyburton"?? That name is guaranteed to make the nutroots freak out.
If nothing else, it is time to end this MUSLIM piracy BS once and for all, and now is the time and place. An American crew, don’t know the ship registry, but Hillary said and American flag carrier so the quote is her’s, taken on the high seas in violation of international law.
If this President does not show he has a pair in this act of piracy, can we know, now and forever just what an unprepaired boob we have at the helm. How about taking a lesson from the crew of the ship for crying out loud. I want to hear the whole story of how they took the ship back. I sure it will be interesting.
I believe mapping satellites continually come and go, making tracking difficult, but a submarine could follow, and shoot a torpedo in a convenient place.
Call in the SEALS. A couple of strategically placed holes in the boat - it sinks.....Like shooting fish in a barrel.....red
The writer states...He was quickly recaptured by the four pirates in the 28-foot open lifeboat. Are you positive this is an enclosed capsule?
USS Halyburton (FFG-40)
Not for self, but for Country
Namesake: Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class William D. Halyburton, Jr.
Laid down: 26 September 1980
Launched: 13 October 1981
Commissioned: 7 January 1984
Homeport: Mayport, Florida
Motto: Non sibi, sed Patria (Not for self, but for Country)
Fate: Active in service as of 2009[update]
Class and type: Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Displacement: 4,100 tons (4,170 t) full load
Length: 453 ft (138.1 m), overall
Beam: 45 ft (13.7 m)
Draught: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW) through a single shaft and variable pitch propeller; 2 x Auxiliary Propulsion Units, 350 hp (.25 MW) retractable electric azipods for maneuvering and docking.
Speed: 29+ knots (54+ km/h)
Range: 5,000 nm (9,300 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and 190 enlisted, plus SH-60 LAMPS detachment of roughly six officer pilots and 15 enlisted maintainers
processing systems: AN/SPS-49 air-search radar
AN/SPS-55 surface-search radar
CAS and STIR fire-control radar
and decoys: AN/SLQ-32
Armament: As built:
One OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
two Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes
one Vulcan Phalanx CIWS; four .50-cal (12.7 mm) machine guns.
one Mk 13 Mod 4 single-arm launcher for Harpoon anti-ship missiles and SM-1MR Standard anti-ship/air missiles (40 round magazine)
Note: As of 2004, Mk13 systems removed from all active US vessels of this class.
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters
Can you direct us to the thread?
I’m betting that post on another thread is just someone making assumptions, with no evidence of those orders.
Hmmmmmm? I wonder, what would Palin do in this situation?
Here’s some info on the lifeboat - it’s enclosed and similar to the ones carried by cruise liners:
It is too late to send any message to Al Qaeda terrorists, the Taliban terrorists, the Iranian terrorist regime, the North Korean communist regime, Hizballah terrorists, Hamas terrorists and host of our other enemies not mention Russia and China. No matter what we do now in this hostage situation these enemies are greatly emboldened by our weak response to the Somali pirates even if we end up killing all the pirates and launching missiles into Somalia. They know that Obama is the weakest President ever and because of that they are going to cause us great harm.
I don't believe that for a second. They are going to kill him in front of the whole world, as soon as CNN is on scene - and Obama will let them go.
Not at all.
Obama has already sent them a message, and they've heard it loud and clear.
Hmmmmmm? I wonder, what would Palin do in this situation?
The hunter would become the hunted.
And what was this message Obama sent? We are weak, very weak.
Let’s see...........FUBO has already drafted the strongly worded letter, and Hillary has spoken the really stern rhetoric on tv.....the fbi negotiators are in place.... that will be it from america...and the message sent is “Come on over and take our people, anytime, anyway you please. After all, it’s not like we were at war with you or anything”.......
Snipers were my thought too. I don’t know how people hide in a 20’ life boat. The waves could be a challenge for the snipers, however.
Divers? Is there a seal team that can swim out there? A small hole to cause a gradual sinking would certainly get things moving along.
If we can’t handle 4 terrorists holding one man hostage in the middle of the ocean with no fuel and limited food and water, I will be embarrassed.
The teleprompter says "ask Nancy Pelosi what to do, she's a been big help so far"
Home port: Mayport (which was also home port of the Stark).
FUBO needs to have someone play for him the USMC anthem, especially the part about “to the shores of Tripoli).
My opinion of FUBO (looking for those stickers as I love that one), is lower than whale dung and getting lower by the day.
....Then I saw the link to the lifeboat and my question was answered. no snipers.
“We have them in sight and have begun to draft the proposal for release. The people of the world must know that we are fair and honorable. We will not rush to destruction in a moment of anger. The prosperity of the world depends on free and unrestricted sea lanes and we will prosecute offenders to the full extent of the law”
Thus saith the Teleprompter on Blackening Friday
James Morrison could play Capt. Phillips, since Scott Glenn is too old.
Maybe so. If that is the case, we better close up shop and fly the white flag.
Never in the course of human events has a nation’s prestige fallen so quickly IMO.
The lifeboat is an enclosed boat.
So what is the picture on Drudge’s homepage? Looks like a bunch of hoodlums whooping it up in a Boston Whaler! http://drudgereport.com/
Guilty, weak, and deserving of contempt.
The hostage separates himself from his captors and nothing happens. Welcome to “The Day’s of Malaise II”
Alot of people have some action movie type solution here. ABC News has video of the lifeboat. It if fairly well enclosed, and 28 feet long. So, the idea of some sort of simultaneous sniper shot at all 4 pirates seems unlikely. The fact the captain jumped off means that they are getting tired, which is good.
My negotiation would have started this way: If Phillips dies, you all will die. If Phillips lives, you get to live. Since you’re out of gas, lets get this over with.
A recent report stated that the navy gave them radio batteries and food. I wonder how that exchange went...it may have been an opportunity to overpower them...but who knows.
Now, the pirates’ friends are steaming that way, in other hijacked vessels, with their kidnapped crews. Even the pirates know that Obama is a ‘citizen of the world’. Obama should IGNORE these other ships, and not let the circumstance of foreign sailors cloud the situation he has with one American. Step one in this would have been to deny the pirates the ability to communicate...I don’t understand why the Navy hasn’t been able to stop that yet.
Anyway, I hope that Phillips makes it out of this...but I don’t expect alot of gun play.
Well we have to get our act together in 2010 and 2012 to defeat the socialists and defeatists. It is going to get much worse before it can get better. We are Americans, we will never surrender and will never give up even if our President and the liberals in Congress are socialists and defeatists.
The pictures I have seen of the lifeboat shows it to be one of the covered, no open, types. If it's covered then that really limits the usefulness of snipers to resolve the situation.
Are other pirates really stupid enough to send additional hijacked vessels and their hostages to the area, to be used as human shields?
One answer lies not with the pirates themselves, but with their family and/or friends. Take a bunch of wives and kids or parents to the scene and tell them give up the captain or it's curtains for the relatives. Might also do some serious damage to their homeland, especially around where some of these guys hail.
I would also make it abundantly clear to the pirates that NOTHING would done by coalition (US) forces that would give them martyr status. In fact, if need be they will be dealt with in a manner that absolutely assures their moon god would never let them into his paradise. Same for the kinfolk.
This delay in a resolution is maddening, but when I think about the situation without the interference of emotion I realize the first and foremost goal is the safe return of the captain. And that could well mean waiting them out.
Sadly, the stated, and demonstrated, intentions of our new President regarding dealing with Muslim adherents make it very difficult to deal with these vermin in an appropriate manner, a manner that will prevent further such missions.
Drudge prefers sensationalism in the images he uses.
Update of sorts....
One can only assume obama is too timid to act - worse : he is afraid to kill a few fellow black african muslims