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American Captain Tries Daring Escape from Somali Pirates .....(quickly recaptured)
ABC News ^ | April 10, 2009 | MARTHA RADDATZ

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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KEYWORDS: 444; bho2009; bho44; escape; maritime; obama; piracy; pirates; richardphillips; somalipirates
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Hey Zero - what says the teleprompter ?
1 posted on 04/10/2009 5:06:42 AM PDT by IrishMike
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To: IrishMike

I think it’s time for snipers. Seriously.


2 posted on 04/10/2009 5:07:55 AM PDT by sauropod (Welcome to O'Malleyland. What's in your wallet?)
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To: IrishMike
Well, Obama's negotiated "Jimmy Carter" FBI/DOS approach has certainly backfired on him with the pirates' buddies now coming to their rescue with human shields. Way to go in letting this incident drag on long enough for the pirates to retaliate...

What now, Barry?

3 posted on 04/10/2009 5:09:22 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: IrishMike

A Mullah Omar moment perhaps?


4 posted on 04/10/2009 5:09:58 AM PDT by fso301
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To: sauropod

An easy night job for SEALS.


5 posted on 04/10/2009 5:10:03 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Liberals fear the return of The Cleaver Family.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

From another thread, apparently Obama has given the order for the Navy NOT to shoot, and is NOT allowing the SEALs into the water.


6 posted on 04/10/2009 5:13:00 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: IrishMike
Y'know, I keep wondering what the pirates would do if a 688 driver decided to do this beside them.


7 posted on 04/10/2009 5:15:56 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

My plan:

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.


8 posted on 04/10/2009 5:16:58 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

He’s still trying to figure a response to North Korea’s missile launch.
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He needs a juice man, drink a little stimulus in the morning !


9 posted on 04/10/2009 5:17:05 AM PDT by IrishMike (Liberalism is a psychological disorder and a dangerous mental illness.)
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To: All

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.


10 posted on 04/10/2009 5:17:32 AM PDT by imintrouble
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Since the hostages are non-US, it’s U.N. time. The circus just grew to Barnum and Bailey size.


11 posted on 04/10/2009 5:17:59 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: sauropod

The life boat is an enclosed capsule. No clear shot.


12 posted on 04/10/2009 5:19:14 AM PDT by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: IrishMike
I'm impressed! This is how Americans are supposed to be! The bravery, selflessness, just plain oneriness that these Americans have shown leaves me in awe!

If Capt. Richard Phillips survives this, we need to see how he swings politically. He might be Presidential material.

13 posted on 04/10/2009 5:19:28 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: IrishMike
another warship, the Halyburton

The "Halyburton"?? That name is guaranteed to make the nutroots freak out.

14 posted on 04/10/2009 5:20:39 AM PDT by Numbers Guy
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To: sauropod

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.


15 posted on 04/10/2009 5:21:59 AM PDT by wita
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To: Mouton

I believe mapping satellites continually come and go, making tracking difficult, but a submarine could follow, and shoot a torpedo in a convenient place.


16 posted on 04/10/2009 5:22:11 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: sauropod
Saw a great sniper movie a few days ago with Marky Mark as a retired marine sniper..... cannot thing of the name of it.
Danny Glover was in it too (played a dirt bag).
17 posted on 04/10/2009 5:22:41 AM PDT by IrishMike (Liberalism is a psychological disorder and a dangerous mental illness.)
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To: FrogMom

Call in the SEALS. A couple of strategically placed holes in the boat - it sinks.....Like shooting fish in a barrel.....red


18 posted on 04/10/2009 5:23:04 AM PDT by rednek ("Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.")
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To: FrogMom
The life boat is an enclosed capsule.

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?

19 posted on 04/10/2009 5:23:18 AM PDT by never4get (We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid)
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To: Numbers Guy

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]
General characteristics
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
Sensors and
processing systems: AN/SPS-49 air-search radar
AN/SPS-55 surface-search radar
CAS and STIR fire-control radar
AN/SQS-56 sonar.
Electronic warfare
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


20 posted on 04/10/2009 5:25:27 AM PDT by IrishMike (Liberalism is a psychological disorder and a dangerous mental illness.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
From another thread, apparently Obama has given the order for the Navy NOT to shoot, and is NOT allowing the SEALs into the water.

Can you direct us to the thread?

21 posted on 04/10/2009 5:26:30 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I’m betting that post on another thread is just someone making assumptions, with no evidence of those orders.


22 posted on 04/10/2009 5:27:24 AM PDT by elc
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To: IrishMike

Hmmmmmm? I wonder, what would Palin do in this situation?


23 posted on 04/10/2009 5:28:49 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Liberals fear the return of The Cleaver Family.)
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To: never4get

Here’s some info on the lifeboat - it’s enclosed and similar to the ones carried by cruise liners:

http://gcaptain.com/maritime/blog/


24 posted on 04/10/2009 5:30:07 AM PDT by Ben Hecks (Dec 7, 1941 - Sep 11, 2001 - Nov 4, 2008)
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To: Mouton
Case closed...message sent and received.

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.

25 posted on 04/10/2009 5:30:07 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: imintrouble
if something happens to him - they are all dead

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.

26 posted on 04/10/2009 5:30:24 AM PDT by Jim Noble (They are willing to kill for socialism...but not to die for it.)
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To: jveritas
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.

Not at all.

Obama has already sent them a message, and they've heard it loud and clear.

27 posted on 04/10/2009 5:32:03 AM PDT by Jim Noble (They are willing to kill for socialism...but not to die for it.)
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To: IrishMike
USS HALYBURTON is named for the late Pharmacist's Mate Second Class William David Halyburton, Jr. , USN. A native of Canton, North Carolina, he was a graduate of New Hanover High School, Wilmington, North Carolina. His enrollment at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, where he planned to prepare himself for the ministry, was put aside to go into the service.

His citation is as follows:

28 posted on 04/10/2009 5:32:50 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Hmmmmmm? I wonder, what would Palin do in this situation?

The hunter would become the hunted.


29 posted on 04/10/2009 5:33:22 AM PDT by IrishMike (Liberalism is a psychological disorder and a dangerous mental illness.)
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To: fso301

Thanks


30 posted on 04/10/2009 5:33:52 AM PDT by IrishMike (Liberalism is a psychological disorder and a dangerous mental illness.)
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To: Jim Noble

And what was this message Obama sent? We are weak, very weak.


31 posted on 04/10/2009 5:33:59 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: IrishMike

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”.......


32 posted on 04/10/2009 5:34:12 AM PDT by joe fonebone (When you ask God for help, sometimes he sends the Marines.)
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To: sauropod

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.


33 posted on 04/10/2009 5:38:47 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (We may officially be too stupid to govern ourselves.)
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To: IrishMike
Hey Zero - what says the teleprompter ?

The teleprompter says "ask Nancy Pelosi what to do, she's a been big help so far"

34 posted on 04/10/2009 5:39:33 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: IrishMike
According to the AP, Boat captain tries to escape Somali pirates , the escape happened around midnight local. A Navy ship patrolling nearby was able to see him moving/talking on the lifeboat after being recaptured.
35 posted on 04/10/2009 5:42:46 AM PDT by Girlene (Congratulations, Sgt. Ryan Weemer)
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To: IrishMike
Thanks for the ship info.

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.

36 posted on 04/10/2009 5:43:10 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: Tenacious 1

....Then I saw the link to the lifeboat and my question was answered. no snipers.


37 posted on 04/10/2009 5:44:39 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (We may officially be too stupid to govern ourselves.)
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To: IrishMike

“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


38 posted on 04/10/2009 5:45:01 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . John Galt hell !...... where is Francisco dÂ’Anconia)
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To: Anoreth

James Morrison could play Capt. Phillips, since Scott Glenn is too old.


39 posted on 04/10/2009 5:46:20 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance." ~Sam Brown)
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To: jveritas

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.

Vince


40 posted on 04/10/2009 5:46:53 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: sauropod

The lifeboat is an enclosed boat.


41 posted on 04/10/2009 5:47:03 AM PDT by EBH (The world is a balance between good & evil, your next choice will tip the scale.)
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To: Tenacious 1

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/


43 posted on 04/10/2009 5:48:51 AM PDT by shoutingandpointing
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To: jveritas
And what was this message Obama sent? We are weak, very weak.

Guilty, weak, and deserving of contempt.

44 posted on 04/10/2009 5:49:40 AM PDT by Jim Noble (They are willing to kill for socialism...but not to die for it.)
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To: IrishMike

The hostage separates himself from his captors and nothing happens. Welcome to “The Day’s of Malaise II”


45 posted on 04/10/2009 5:51:16 AM PDT by fso301
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To: IrishMike

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.


46 posted on 04/10/2009 5:51:49 AM PDT by lacrew (Obama and cabinet: Fool and the Gang)
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To: Mouton

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.


47 posted on 04/10/2009 5:51:59 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: IrishMike
re: four pirates in the 28-foot open lifeboat

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.

48 posted on 04/10/2009 5:54:19 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: shoutingandpointing

Drudge prefers sensationalism in the images he uses.


49 posted on 04/10/2009 5:56:29 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: IrishMike

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090410/us_nm/us_somalia_piracy

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


50 posted on 04/10/2009 5:57:17 AM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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