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Royal Marines snipers foil Somali pirates
Mirror ^ | December 2, 2011

Posted on 12/01/2011 6:31:28 PM PST by Pan_Yan

PIRATES were arrested in the Seychelles – thanks to the Royal Marines.

It happened after a Spanish trawler sent out a mayday call saying they were being attacked by a gang of seven.

The marines, who were on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Fort Victoria, flew in a ­helicopter to the ­fishermen’s aid.

They fired warning shots at the Somali pirates, who were arrested.

Lieutenant Alastair Thompson said: “The operation was superbly ­co-ordinated.”

On Monday the supply ship, patrolling about 420 nautical miles from the Seychelles, received information that a Spanish fishing vessel had come under attack from a group of pirate vessels.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "The ship's Lynx helicopter was quickly despatched to investigate," the spokesman said.

"Once at the scene, the helicopter identified two suspect vessels, a whaler and a skiff, in the vicinity of the fishing vessel.

"The faster of the two, a skiff, sped away at over 25 knots as the helicopter gave chase.

"When the skiff ignored orders to stop, a specially trained sniper on board the Lynx helicopter fired warning shots ahead of the fleeing vessel which stopped and the suspected pirates on board were then taken to Fort Victoria via boat.

(Excerpt) Read more at mirror.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: piracy; royalmarines; somalia; uk

1 posted on 12/01/2011 6:31:40 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan
......Arrest..... ???? Why ??????

Shoot the buggers and let the sharks take care of the waste material...

Looks pretty simple to me.

2 posted on 12/01/2011 6:34:08 PM PST by ptsal
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To: Pan_Yan

i like the way the russkies handle it. blow up the pirate boat and put the pirates in a rubber raft, with a leak.


3 posted on 12/01/2011 6:42:20 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Pan_Yan

I don’t guess I understand.

It takes a sniper to fire a shot into the ocean and they are proud of it?


4 posted on 12/01/2011 6:43:33 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Pan_Yan
" a specially trained sniper on board the Lynx helicopter fired warning shots ahead of the fleeing vessel "

Snipers that shoot into the Ocean are more special than regulation snipers that take out targeted objectives?

5 posted on 12/01/2011 6:48:30 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: yarddog

Not directly related but it reminded me of something.

I saw a show about Coast Guard snipers a while back. They fire a .50 cal sniper rifle hanging in a sling in the door of a helicopter. Their primary job is to shoot out the engines of drug smuggling boats. I have a hard enough time hitting a perfectly still target while standing at the range. I can’t imagine the concentration it takes to hit a high speed target bouncing up and down on the waves from a helicopter.


6 posted on 12/01/2011 6:49:53 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

What does it mean about the world when the US president can order the killing of a US citizen anywhere in the world, but armed forces can’t kill known pirates on the high seas?


7 posted on 12/01/2011 7:07:56 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan

It means that the world is upside-down !!


8 posted on 12/01/2011 7:13:38 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt ( (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11) by GlockThe Vote)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

It also means we are one step closer to having : Da Fuhrer


9 posted on 12/01/2011 7:15:06 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt ( (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11) by GlockThe Vote)
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To: coloradan

Long ago there was a saying “scratch any Englishman and right below the surface you’ll find a pirate.” I give all the credit in the world to the Royal Marines doing their job, but their society is no longer the one that carved an empire out of “savage lands.”


10 posted on 12/01/2011 7:26:37 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

I think all pirates should just be tossed in the ocean. If they can swim home then they survive.


11 posted on 12/01/2011 7:43:16 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Pan_Yan

Arrested? Why not just sink them? Sharks have to eat too.


12 posted on 12/01/2011 7:53:09 PM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: Pan_Yan

Due to Royal Budget cutbacks,
the Royal Marine sniper only had 2 Royal rounds.


13 posted on 12/01/2011 8:14:43 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: Deaf Smith

Just as US Marines are getting medals for holding instead of killing the enemy maybe they get the same in the Royal Marines!


14 posted on 12/01/2011 8:51:49 PM PST 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

A shot through the head of the guy running the skiff would have been very sufficient a warning. You’ve got to feed prisoners and keep them for years.

In the old days they would have hung the bastards and fed them to the sharks.

Maybe they can be exchanged for the pirates’ hostages. Might get something good out of keeping these shits alive after all.


15 posted on 12/01/2011 9:14:51 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: yarddog

“I don’t guess I understand. It takes a sniper to fire a shot into the ocean and they are proud of it?”

Can you read? We’re talking about Britain here...this was a TREMENDOUS accomplishment by their standards.


16 posted on 12/02/2011 4:21:35 AM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: BobL

What the hell is that supposed to mean?.


17 posted on 12/02/2011 9:54:47 AM PST by the scotsman (I)
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To: the scotsman

“What the hell is that supposed to mean?.”

They can’t do jack against those people from the south and the ‘Asians’ as they call them. The country is being overrun, and its days are numbered...and the number is low.


18 posted on 12/02/2011 5:06:04 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: BobL

What a load of crap.


19 posted on 12/03/2011 4:39:31 AM PST by the scotsman (I)
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To: Deaf Smith; yarddog

Of course the RM snipers, like any, are trained to kill.

The modern rules re piracy however mean they have to fire a warning shot first. Its the same for any military force on the seas.


20 posted on 12/03/2011 4:42:16 AM PST by the scotsman (I)
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To: Deaf Smith

Yes, in the “special class” at school sort of way.


21 posted on 12/03/2011 4:43:29 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: the scotsman

I have no doubts as to the ability of any British trained elite warrior.

It was just funny the way the article was written which indicated firing some warning shots was the epitome of sniper fire.

As a matter of fact, all my ancestors on both sides except for an Irish GGGrandmother were Scots. My Mother was a McDuffie and their clan shield includes the rampant lion, same as the country.


22 posted on 12/03/2011 6:00:55 AM PST by yarddog
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To: the scotsman
"What a load of crap."



23 posted on 12/03/2011 6:09:57 AM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: BobL

You DO realise the person on the left is black British, born and bred, and comes from the Afro-Caribbean community that emigrated here in the late 40’s?.

Oh, wait a minute, ya didnt think dark face in the UK equals Moozlim, did ya?.


24 posted on 12/03/2011 10:24:17 AM PST by the scotsman (I)
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To: BobL

That last post should read ‘on the right’.
See, I can be an idiot too.


25 posted on 12/03/2011 10:26:05 AM PST by the scotsman (I)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

“It means that the world is upside-down !!”

Among other things, it means that the POTUS is an evil pos.


26 posted on 12/03/2011 10:35:40 AM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

“It means that the world is upside-down !!”

Among other things, it means that the POTUS is an evil pos.


27 posted on 12/03/2011 10:36:02 AM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: the scotsman

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2070562/Muslim-girl-gang-kicked-Rhea-Page-head-yelling-kill-white-slag-FREED.html";

Lovely country you got. I don’t have much of a problem with what the Muslims did...after all to blame them would be no different than blaming a tiger for mauling a person who decided to share a cage with him. You guys chose to invite these beasts into your house, now you can live with them.

No, my problem is your CONTORTED justice system. If you’re UNABLE to put animals like this into jail, then you REALLY ARE a bunch of total wimps.


28 posted on 12/06/2011 6:40:22 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: BobL

And I read similar stories from the US, so I assume you is all puss*es then?.


29 posted on 12/07/2011 3:00:26 PM PST by the scotsman (I)
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To: the scotsman

Actually we had that problem in New Orleans, where we had local judges that simply would not put blacks in jail.

The federal government stepped in and took over the job of these courts...and those ‘youths’ got put away.

Perhaps you guys can learn from that example...


30 posted on 12/07/2011 3:52:24 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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