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Firms plan private war against pirates
UPI ^ | April 26, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Posted on 04/26/2011 3:17:23 PM PDT by Pan_Yan

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 26 (UPI) -- International naval forces are expected to step up operations against Somali pirates but private security companies are seeking to provide armed escorts for merchant ships to counter the pirates' expansion into the Indian Ocean.

The leading British insurer Jardine Lloyd Thompson is organizing a fleet of 18 gunboats to shepherd convoys of vessels across the Gulf of Aden, which runs into Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, vital trading and oil routes now under increasing threat.

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Although business sources say much of the funds to finance the program have been secured, the CEP has not yet been approved by the European Union.

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The plan calls for the escort boats to be armed with heavy .50 caliber/12.7mm machine guns and crewed by armed former military personnel, mainly Britons, South Africans, Australians and New Zealanders.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: eu; piracy; somalia
Apparently the insurance companies are tired of paying multimillion dollar ransoms, yet they have to beg permission from the EU to protect themselves, the same bureaucracy that has failed to do the job.
1 posted on 04/26/2011 3:17:30 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Step One: Float a big tanker with one of those Euro-gay country flags that pay ransoms, like the Danes, but have it rigged to the gills with guns and missles. Pretend to run away when attacked so as to draw in more pirates, then change the flag to a black one right before opening up on em. Kill all of them on the spot, and return to step one. If mother ship is found, let the rookies practice shooting it until it sinks. Training is good.


2 posted on 04/26/2011 3:24:24 PM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Pan_Yan

There should be bounties offered for pirates. $25,000/ear would be cheaper than paying the ransoms or the insurance claims and, at that price, there would be SOF aplenty taking care of business.


3 posted on 04/26/2011 3:29:45 PM PDT by RC one (Donald Trump-I'm listening.)
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To: Pan_Yan

This is a real blast from the past. Jardine Matheson got its start operating armed merchant ships involved in the opium trade (legal throughout the West until drug prohibition in the early 20th century). They’re no longer trading opium, but operating gunboats to protect shipping is an echo of its storied past.


4 posted on 04/26/2011 3:29:58 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: lormand
I have been thinking that some enterprising safari operator can advertise a cruise safari. I would kinda be interested in that.
5 posted on 04/26/2011 3:30:50 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Pan_Yan

America has AGAIN failed to lead,
in addition to your point about the bloated global bureaucracy.
When America is weak, people suffer, pay ransoms and die. Liberty and prosperity shrink as Pirates are enriched.


6 posted on 04/26/2011 3:31:35 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: rawhide

That’s a great idea...it would pay for itself.


7 posted on 04/26/2011 3:35:26 PM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: rawhide

“I have been thinking that some enterprising safari operator can advertise a cruise safari. I would kinda be interested in that.”

There should be a taxidermist on board. The safari hunters could go home with some interesting home decor items.


8 posted on 04/26/2011 3:41:58 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: rawhide

Perhaps a gun testing safari - - with all sorts of big calibers and loads that require more than one man to carry. Test your accuracy skills out on pirates!

I’m sure they would have no problem filling the cabins.


9 posted on 04/26/2011 3:46:44 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Prayers for missing Marizela Perez. Prayers for her safe return.)
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To: lormand
That would be a great type of Q-boat to have sail the jihadi seas. Make sure it is equipped with a UAV or two you can launch to have an eye in the sky for monitoring, surveillance and recon.

Once it sails use the S3 method of taking them out.
Shoot,
Sink,
Shut up.


Name your favorite weapon you'd like to see used against the jihadi pirates aboard a merc ship that'll be protecting the other ships out there. My first choice is a Quad50.
10 posted on 04/26/2011 3:49:13 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Pan_Yan

There should be bonuses paid for confirmed kills.


11 posted on 04/26/2011 3:50:35 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Loud Mime

Hunting waterborne elephants? LOL!


12 posted on 04/26/2011 3:51:31 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“My first choice is a Quad50.”

Mine would be a 30mm mini-gun.


13 posted on 04/26/2011 3:55:48 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Pan_Yan
Where do I sign up?
14 posted on 04/26/2011 4:02:29 PM PDT by Shqipo (I am the unofficial originator of the Mega-Bump! Only use judiciously.)
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To: lormand

That would be a Q-ship. A merchantman with sides that would drop down revealing a plethora of offensive armament.


15 posted on 04/26/2011 4:08:17 PM PDT by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: Loud Mime
This week's special: man the rails with the famous “Ma Deuce”. Trip includes, airfare, meals and incendiary rounds.
16 posted on 04/26/2011 4:15:10 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I looked up the quad50....that’s a shredding machine.


17 posted on 04/26/2011 4:43:03 PM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: lormand

Nothing says “counter-jihad” like a Quad 50! They were used as anti-aircraft guns but there isn’t anything preventing them front being used against boats in the liquid jungle of jihad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TeRJsBfcpA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m225CyqeEAs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seitcE7Tf1I


18 posted on 04/26/2011 5:14:38 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Pan_Yan

Step on up to the pirate shooting gallery! Test your skills!

19 posted on 04/26/2011 5:28:55 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Prayers for missing Marizela Perez. Prayers for her safe return.)
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To: omega4179

“America has AGAIN failed to lead”

There’s a definition of what’s going on there, it’s called a POWER VACUUM. If we still had our 600 ship navy, we could spare a few boats to clean out the area...but those days are gone, thanks to protecting our PRECIOUS Social Security, at all costs.


20 posted on 04/26/2011 5:42:39 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts))
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To: Loud Mime
Perhaps a gun testing safari - - with all sorts of big calibers and loads that require more than one man to carry. Test your accuracy skills out on pirates!I’m sure they would have no problem filling the cabins.

Be sure to have a good store of liquor on board and ladies get to cruise for free

21 posted on 04/26/2011 5:50:49 PM PDT by dennisw (nzt - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: Pan_Yan

I bet you no Russian ships are being attacked by pirates.


22 posted on 04/26/2011 6:55:28 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (Let's roll on this gunwalking thing already! NRA <BCC><)
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To: Pan_Yan

The re-rise of mercenaries?


23 posted on 04/27/2011 1:59:00 AM PDT by Cronos (Christian, redneck, rube and proud of it!)
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To: Travis McGee

Sounds like fun...

I’m game, you in???

I think we can scrape up a few more for a little junkette???

;-)


24 posted on 04/27/2011 9:30:33 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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