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Indian Navy nabs 61 Somali pirates after gun-battle in Arabian Sea
THE DECCAN HERALD ^

Posted on 03/14/2011 1:57:50 PM PDT by Sancho1984

After a gun-battle in the high seas, the Indian Navy has apprehended a pirate mother ship rescuing 13 crew members and arrested 61 Somali sea brigands about 600 nautical miles off the western coast in the Arabian Sea.

"At 2100 hours on March 12, INS Kalpeni intercepted a pirate mother vessel called Vega 5 in the Arabian Sea about 600 nautical miles west of India. 13 crew members were rescued and 61 pirates were nabbed," Navy spokesperson Commander P V Satish said here today.

The operation had started on Friday when a naval Dornier aircraft located Vega 5 while responding to a call from a merchant ship MV Vancouver Bridge in the area and foiled the piracy attempt, he said.

"Seeing the naval aircraft, the pirates immediately aborted their piracy attempt and the mother vessel attempted to escape from the area. Simultaneously, INS Khukri and Kalpeni were diverted to intercept and investigate," the spokesperson said.

After INS Kalpeni closed in on Vega 5, the pirate vessel launched two skiffs attacking the Indian Navy ship with fire arms, he said.

"INS Kalpeni responded with limited firing and, thereafter, it was observed that a fire had broken out on Vega 5 and its personnel were seen jumping overboard," he said. Later on, INS Kalpeni in conjunction with INS Khukri found 74 personnel comprising 61 pirates and 13 crew members of the fishing vessel.

(Excerpt) Read more at deccanherald.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: india; indiannavy; pirates

1 posted on 03/14/2011 1:57:57 PM PDT by Sancho1984
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Indian Navy nabs 61 Somali pirates after gun-battle
Sixty one survived? Maybe they should have sent in the Indian Marines.
2 posted on 03/14/2011 2:00:06 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Sancho1984

The pirates tried to attack a warship with small arms on skiffs? They are dumber than I thought.

Then there was that part about the unexplained fire breaking out on the Vega 5. Hmmm...I wonder how that happened? Maybe the warship’s crew might shed some light on that.


3 posted on 03/14/2011 2:01:16 PM PDT by henkster (Every member of Congress must put the fate of the nation over their next re-election campaign)
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To: henkster

A couple of incendiaries, maybe? That usually works...


4 posted on 03/14/2011 2:04:56 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: oh8eleven

“Sixty one survived? Maybe they should have sent in the Indian Marines.”

61 too many. Send in Gurkhas.


5 posted on 03/14/2011 2:13:37 PM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: swain_forkbeard

Hmmm. 61 pirates? Let me do the math...

Three Gurkhas with their knives would do it. I know, overkill, but why not?


6 posted on 03/14/2011 2:27:56 PM PDT by piytar (Godwin's rule is null and void. If you don't know what I mean, you aren't paying attention...)
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To: oh8eleven
Maybe they should have sent in the Indian Marines.

Are the Gurkhas Indian?

7 posted on 03/14/2011 2:29:02 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Sancho1984

Send them to Davy Jones locker


8 posted on 03/14/2011 2:30:04 PM PDT by dennisw ( The early bird catches the worm)
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To: Sancho1984

“SHARK PARTY” time. So sorry...no survivors.


9 posted on 03/14/2011 2:53:23 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: dennisw

...a little distance swimming competition might be in order...


10 posted on 03/14/2011 2:54:02 PM PDT by captain anode (78% of us FREEPERS could practice better manners.)
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To: piytar

Let the Russians do it.


11 posted on 03/14/2011 3:09:36 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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Sancho, thanks for the post. It's good to see that we are not alone in the abject worthlessness of our reporters!

This story leaves more questions than answers. How many casualties? Is the mother ship sunk? What now becomes of the captured pirates?

I take it the only reason we are not wiping out the pirates is that they hold some 600+ hostages? Or they are all related to the Obama-Odinga Clan? Need info. WTF? Over.

12 posted on 03/14/2011 3:39:25 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Odd, but I never had to ask, "Who, or what exactly is Dwight Eisenhower?")
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“They were released in an inflatable boat without navigational equipment.

Within an hour, contact was lost with the boat’s radio beacon, the defence source said.

“It seems that they all died,” the unnamed source was quoted as saying by Russia’s Interfax news agency. “

BWHAAAAAHAHAHA


13 posted on 03/14/2011 3:51:24 PM PDT by calico_thompson
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To: B4Ranch

“They were released in an inflatable boat without navigational equipment.

Within an hour, contact was lost with the boat’s radio beacon, the defence source said.

“It seems that they all died,” the unnamed source was quoted as saying by Russia’s Interfax news agency. “

BWHAAAAAHAHAHA


14 posted on 03/14/2011 3:51:32 PM PDT by calico_thompson
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To: Fido969
Are the Gurkhas Indian?

Nepalese. They were British mercenary troops recruited in Nepal. In 1947 when India became independent four of the ten existing Gurkha regiments were transferred to the British and six regiments went to the Indian Army. The Indian Army still has "Gorkha" (India's spelling) troops.
15 posted on 03/14/2011 4:23:18 PM PDT by Cheburashka (Blade Runner was set in 2019. Except for the flying cars and replicants we're right on schedule.)
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To: Sancho1984
From the article:

In the gun-battle, Vega-5 caught fire possibly because one of the bullets hit the additional fuel drums that pirates generally carry to fuel the skiffs while fleeing from the scene. Some jumped overboard after which two naval ships captured 74 personnel comprising 61 pirates and 13 members of the original crew of the fishing vessel.

The successful operation almost coincided with the government’s decision to change anti-piracy policies providing the Navy with a much more pro-active role.

16 posted on 03/14/2011 4:26:50 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Fido969
Ah, Gurkhas are from Nepal and not India. Do not mess with Gurkhas or they will serve you your head on a plate.
17 posted on 03/14/2011 5:28:49 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: MasterGunner01

Yes! Gurkas are from nepal but there are Gurkas in india too in north eastern plate .Just check out the naval ship name INS KUKRI used for naval anti piracy operation,who said Gurkas were not there lol.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurkha


18 posted on 03/14/2011 9:39:41 PM PDT by Sancho1984
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I guarantee this: let the Gurkhas take care of the Somali pirates and you'll save a LOT of money, time, and effort.
19 posted on 03/15/2011 9:51:36 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: MasterGunner01; Fido969
The Gorkha Regiment of Indian Army comprises of both Indian Nepalese and Nepalese nationals from Nepal.
20 posted on 03/15/2011 9:56:20 AM PDT by ravager
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Gun battle, with a majority survivors. Ok, there appears to be a marksmanship issue?


21 posted on 03/15/2011 9:58:26 AM PDT by Professional
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I dont think outright killing was the objective of the Indian Navy.


22 posted on 03/15/2011 6:27:42 PM PDT by ravager
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