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U.S. Navy Ship Outruns Pursuing Pirates
UPI ^ | May 7, 2009

Posted on 05/07/2009 10:35:54 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Suspected pirates failed in an effort to attack a U.S. Navy ship off the eastern coast of Somalia. the Navy said Thursday.

Two skiffs, assumed to be pirate vessels, chased the Lewis and Clark, a dry cargo and ammunition ship supporting the Navy's Fifth Fleet, for more than an hour Wednesday before giving up, CNN reported.

During the pursuit, the skiffs fired small arms at the Lewis and Clark and got within one nautical mile before the ship used evasive maneuvers and pulled out of range.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: maritime; navy; pirates; somalia; somalipirates
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1 posted on 05/07/2009 10:35:54 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Oh for crying out loud. What have we come to?


2 posted on 05/07/2009 10:37:36 AM PDT by Stunned
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To: nickcarraway

That’s fine and all, but did they then turn around and blow the pirates out of the water?


3 posted on 05/07/2009 10:37:52 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: nickcarraway
got within one nautical mile before the ship used evasive maneuvers and pulled out of range

Too bad it does not say, before the ship engaged the pirates and blew them out of the water.

4 posted on 05/07/2009 10:38:09 AM PDT by southlake_hoosier (.... One Nation, Under God.......)
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To: nickcarraway
They couldn't radio in for an air strike?

Oh wait, that takes three days under the current administration...

5 posted on 05/07/2009 10:39:03 AM PDT by Nachum (the complete list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: southlake_hoosier

It was a dry cargo and ammunition ship, not a combat vessel.


6 posted on 05/07/2009 10:39:27 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo (The GOP: The Big Tent with a Fifth Column.)
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To: nickcarraway

Why didn’t the Navy ship fire back? Are we into running from pirates now?


7 posted on 05/07/2009 10:40:27 AM PDT by RC2 (Put Megan Kelly on the supreme court!)
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To: nickcarraway

Is this called the new “tuck tail and run” maneuver by the new McObama’s Navy?


8 posted on 05/07/2009 10:40:30 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (I'm all for cap & trade. I want to cap government's power and trade it for a conservative one.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

“blow the pitates out of the water”

I’m with you AND at a loss for words. Has 0 ordered this so the US doesn’t look like a bully?


9 posted on 05/07/2009 10:41:16 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Retired Greyhound

I’m not sure a supply ship is armed that way. Maybe that is why they were targeted.


10 posted on 05/07/2009 10:41:55 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: nickcarraway
Let's see, a United States Navy ship is under fire and refuses to return fire. Instead, "They ran away."

This is so stupid.

How about sending the pirates an engraved invitation? Or just hoist a white flag on the yard arm?

11 posted on 05/07/2009 10:42:04 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (It's time to waterboard that teleprompter and find out what it knows.)
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To: nickcarraway

Time to start re-arming the Supply Ships with 40mm, 3” & 5” deck guns like they had in WWII. Shoot, even a couple of Quad 20mm mounts would wreak havoc with these “Pirates”!


12 posted on 05/07/2009 10:43:26 AM PDT by shredderman (Living in a Blue State, with a Blue Wife, But I'm Red to the bone.....)
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To: nickcarraway
Run away! Run away!

Hang down your head, Adm. Dewey
Hang down your head and cry
Hang down your head, Adm. Dewey
your necktie's caught in your fly.

13 posted on 05/07/2009 10:43:35 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
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To: nickcarraway

Not a gun ship.

14 posted on 05/07/2009 10:44:59 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: nickcarraway

Obama now has General Monty Python in charge of the Navy.

It’s a man’s live in President Obama’s navy!

runaway runaway runaway!!!!!!!


15 posted on 05/07/2009 10:45:11 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: freeangel

Note to the Chicago thugs now running the US: I hereby give you permission to increase my taxes enough to cover whatever it takes to blow two small pirate boats to smithereens.


16 posted on 05/07/2009 10:45:12 AM PDT by July4
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To: nickcarraway; All

Obama now has General Monty Python in charge of the Navy.

It’s a man’s life in President Obama’s navy!

runaway runaway runaway!!!!!!!


17 posted on 05/07/2009 10:45:48 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: nickcarraway

Why in the hell didn’t they blow them out of the water. Our Navy gets fired upon by neanderthals in rowboats and we run away??? What have we been reduced to?


18 posted on 05/07/2009 10:46:00 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: Carry_Okie
It's a USNS vessel - government owned but not part of the combat fleet. They are not armed and do not maintain a full military crew. They actually have a Master with a military adviser, not a USN Captain.

The Military Sealift Command is there to support the U.S. Fleet - I repeat - they are NOT combat vessels.

19 posted on 05/07/2009 10:46:29 AM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: spodefly

I looked up USS Lewis and Clark on wikipedia. It’s a Ben Franklin Class atomic sub. Someone got the ship’s name wrong.


20 posted on 05/07/2009 10:46:49 AM PDT by downtownconservative (As Obama lies, liberty dies!)
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To: Thane_Banquo

It may not have been a combat vessel but it wasn’t unarmed either.


21 posted on 05/07/2009 10:46:55 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: nickcarraway
They ran away?

Yeah, that'll show 'em.

22 posted on 05/07/2009 10:46:58 AM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: pgkdan

Think before you speak.


23 posted on 05/07/2009 10:47:23 AM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: NonValueAdded

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/USNS_Lewis_and_Clark%253B09750116.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2182091/posts&usg=__H4o88Tb9Svf0SzisHsNH4ljFKaA=&h=1500&w=2100&sz=432&hl=en&start=2&um=1&tbnid=lL8tJj2SiOgN4M:&tbnh=107&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dusns%2Blewis%2B%2526%2Bclark%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us%26sa%3DG%26um%3D1


24 posted on 05/07/2009 10:48:34 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Job 19:25 As for me, I know my Redeemer lives.)
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To: Thane_Banquo

“In February 2009 the ship was deployed off the coast of Somalia as part of Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa. The vessel was fitted out to be used as a prison ship for captured pirates until they could be extradited to Kenya for trials. 16 pirates have so far been sent to Lewis and Clark after being captured in two different actions by the USS Vella Gulf.[1]”

Don’t tell me they don’t have small arms.


25 posted on 05/07/2009 10:48:42 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: Thane_Banquo

I stand corrected. But it’s stupid beyond belief that the Navy would send unarmed ships into that part of the world.


26 posted on 05/07/2009 10:49:12 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: downtownconservative

Lewis and Clark is the class, not the name ... the reporter misremembered. :)


27 posted on 05/07/2009 10:49:20 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Thane_Banquo

I’m wishing that’s all.

I want Reagan back.


28 posted on 05/07/2009 10:49:31 AM PDT by southlake_hoosier (.... One Nation, Under God.......)
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To: downtownconservative

Different vessels.

USS Lewis and Clark may refer to:

* USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN-644), a Benjamin Franklin-class ballistic missile submarine of the U.S. Navy

* USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1), a dry cargo ship of the U.S. Military Sealift Command


29 posted on 05/07/2009 10:51:48 AM PDT by Eaker (The Two Loudest Sounds in the World.....Bang When it should have been Click and the Reverse.)
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To: nickcarraway

Sure, they can outrun pirates, but can they outrun the russkies!


30 posted on 05/07/2009 10:52:01 AM PDT by papertyger (Advertising makes journalism an assault weapon.)
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evasive manuevers?
quit fooling around...kill those little bastards
31 posted on 05/07/2009 10:52:34 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: Eaker

Thanks for clearing that up.


32 posted on 05/07/2009 10:52:45 AM PDT by downtownconservative (As Obama lies, liberty dies!)
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To: pgkdan

It’s obvious now. They should be armed.


33 posted on 05/07/2009 10:52:47 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: spodefly
This vessel has considerable firepower in the form of crew served automatic weapons mounted on the rails of the upper floors of the bridge superstructure. Both M-2 heavy machine guns and 40mm grenade launchers will ruin your day.

Either of these weapons can laydown enough suppressive fire to make these "pirates" abandon the attack and save their bullets for less hardened targets.

34 posted on 05/07/2009 10:53:22 AM PDT by STD (No Longer Dazzled by Omama)
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To: downtownconservative

Turns out it is both the name and the class since this is the first of its type.

The Lewis and Clark class of dry cargo ship is the next class of Combat Logistics Force (CLF) underway replenishment vessels to be constructed for the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Lewis and Clark-class ships will replace the existing fifteen Mars- and Sirius-class combat store ships and the Kilauea-class ammunition ships. When operating in concert with a Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler the Lewis and Clarks will also replace Sacramento-class fast combat support ships. The first of the planned twelve ships, USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1), was placed in service with the MSC in June 2006, and is being designed for a forty-year service life. The ships will be named for famous American explorers and pioneers.

The primary role of the Lewis and Clarks is to provide logistic lift from supply sources such as friendly ports, or while at sea, from specially equipped merchant ships by consolidation. Lewis and Clarks will transfer cargo (ammunition, food, limited quantities of fuel, repair parts, ship store items, and expendable supplies and material) to station ships and other naval warfare forces. As auxiliary support ships, Lewis and Clarks will directly contribute to the Navy’s ability to maintain a forward presence. When operating together with Henry J. Kaiser-class oilers Lewis and Clarks will provide the carrier battle group and/or amphibious readiness group with product lift equivalent to a Supply-class fast combat support ship.

Construction of the lead ship, USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1), was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 18 October 2001. The contract contains options for eleven follow ships. The option for the first follow ship, USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2), was exercised simultaneously with award of Lewis and Clark. The option for an additional ship was exercised in 2002, another one in 2003, two more in 2004 and another two more ships were ordered in 2005. As of 2007[update], a total of nine ships had been ordered.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_class_dry_cargo_ship


35 posted on 05/07/2009 10:53:22 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: BlueNgold
The Military Sealift Command is there to support the U.S. Fleet - I repeat - they are NOT combat vessels.

Bureaucratic excuse. How many Navy Sealift ships in WWII went on the high seas totally unarmed?

It will be seen as a Navy vessel running away. There is no excuse, UN Treaties notwithstanding.

37 posted on 05/07/2009 10:54:04 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (It's time to waterboard that teleprompter and find out what it knows.)
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To: Stunned
"Oh for crying out loud. What have we come to?

This is operated by MSC. It's probably almost all civilians with just some Navy personnel on board. I doubt it's even armed with anything larger than a M249, and probably only has M16, M9 9mm, and Shotguns aboard.

When the Marines were taken off of ships starting in the late '80s, this is what one of the unintended consequences turned out to be.

38 posted on 05/07/2009 10:54:08 AM PDT by Big_Monkey (Flubama - bringing disease everywhere he goes.)
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To: downtownconservative
"I looked up USS Lewis and Clark on wikipedia. It’s a Ben Franklin Class atomic sub. Someone got the ship’s name wrong."

There haven't been any Franklin-class subs in service for years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USNS_Lewis_and_Clark_(T-AKE-1)

Very first link that comes up on Google. The current Lewis and Clark is the lead ship of her class of supply vessels.

39 posted on 05/07/2009 10:54:12 AM PDT by Dan Middleton
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To: nickcarraway
Good piloting by the crew. Too bad their C in C. didn't have time to get a focus group poll done or go to the UN for permission to defend the ship. If 0 had acted in the US’s best interests,and blew the muzzie-pirates out of the water; this probably would have gotten him banned from traveling to England.
40 posted on 05/07/2009 10:55:09 AM PDT by skully (Hey Benedict Arlen: you forgot to take McCain, Graham, Snowe, and Collins with you!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

How utterly embarrassing...


41 posted on 05/07/2009 10:55:18 AM PDT by avacado
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To: nickcarraway

Running away: The Obama doctrine.


42 posted on 05/07/2009 10:55:18 AM PDT by Ikemeister
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To: spodefly

Also according to the Wiki article on the USNS Lewis and Clark, she nominally carries a crew of about 120 civilian sailors and a detachment of 49 military—roles and services not specified. Plus, this class of replenishment ship isn’t armed, but it *can* carry two helicopters.

}:-)4


43 posted on 05/07/2009 10:55:36 AM PDT by Moose4 (Hey RNC. Don't move toward the middle. MOVE THE MIDDLE TOWARD YOU.)
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To: river rat

Take your racist vomit and shove it up your bum.


44 posted on 05/07/2009 10:55:51 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: RC2
This ship is a Military Sealift Command ship, not a warship. The name is USNS (for United States Naval Ship) Lewis and Clark, not USS. It is manned by civilian mariners and has a master, not a commanding officer. It does have a small detachment of regular Navy onboard for communications and operations purposes. They sometimes have an armed guard detachment depending on where they are operating but usually not.

The 40 ships of Military Sealift Command's Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force are the supply lines to U.S. Navy ships at sea. These ships provide virtually everything that Navy ships need, including fuel, food, ordnance, spare parts, mail and other supplies. NFAF ships enable the Navy fleet to remain at sea, on station and combat ready for extended periods of time. NFAF ships also conduct towing, rescue and salvage operations or serve as floating medical facilities.

All NFAF ships are government owned and crewed by civil service mariners. Some of the ships also have a small contingent of Navy personnel aboard for operations support, supply coordination and helicopter operations.

Military Sealift Command

45 posted on 05/07/2009 10:56:48 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: nickcarraway; Peanut Gallery

Shouldn’t that say OUT-GUNS Somali pirates...


46 posted on 05/07/2009 10:57:32 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Naturalized Texan)
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To: pgkdan
But it’s stupid beyond belief that the Navy would send unarmed ships into that part of the world.
Exactly, and if it is unarmed, why no escort??
47 posted on 05/07/2009 10:58:42 AM PDT by skully (Hey Benedict Arlen: you forgot to take McCain, Graham, Snowe, and Collins with you!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

Outruns, what is this shit sounds like the black house is running the anti pirate scheme.


48 posted on 05/07/2009 10:58:43 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: spodefly
Not a gun ship.

Then put some guns on it. Big ass guns.

49 posted on 05/07/2009 10:59:04 AM PDT by dead
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To: Thane_Banquo

“It was a dry cargo and ammunition ship, not a combat vessel.”

That’s correct, and I would believe the keyword here is “ammunition”.

Seems to me the best thing for an unarmed, under contract to the Navy vessel full of ammunition to do is haul a...., er,...uh, Haul tail out of there.

I think they done good. (A little Joe Don Baker there)


50 posted on 05/07/2009 10:59:07 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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