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Pirates attack Spanish navy ship off Somalia, prompting gunbattle and helicopter chase
AP via Washington Post ^ | Thursday, January 12, 10:26 AM

Posted on 01/12/2012 9:56:30 AM PST by Pan_Yan

MADRID — Spain says pirates have attacked a Spanish navy warship off Somalia, drawing gunfire that reportedly left one dead and prompted a helicopter chase in which six attackers were arrested.

A Defense Ministry official says the assailants may have mistaken the 165-meter (540-foot) ship Patino for a freighter in the attack before dawn Thursday.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: piracy; somalia; spain
AAARRR!!!!

Uh-Oh.

OH SH__ !!!!!

1 posted on 01/12/2012 9:56:42 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

I am glad to see that Muslim pandering has helped Spain. /s


2 posted on 01/12/2012 9:59:20 AM PST by pennyfarmer (Even a RINO will chew its foot off when caught in a trap.)
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To: Pan_Yan
The Patino is part of an European Union flotilla fighting piracy in the Indian Ocean.

Possibly, a decoy. A few of these will cool the pirates' ardor.

3 posted on 01/12/2012 10:01:30 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Pan_Yan

4 posted on 01/12/2012 10:03:35 AM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: Pan_Yan
Attack a warship on the high seas and get arrested?

What am I missing here?

5 posted on 01/12/2012 10:03:55 AM PST by null and void (Day 1086 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: null and void

Just be glad it wasn’t an American war ship. Obama would have them surrender.


6 posted on 01/12/2012 10:06:38 AM PST by RC2
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To: HiTech RedNeck; mgstarr
Yep. It's an oiler.

The Patino auxiliary oiler and multiproduct replenishment ship entered service with the Spanish Navy in June 1995. The 17,045t Patino (AOR), the 13,600t Marques de la Ensenada fleet tanker (AORL) and the 2,272t Contramaestre Casado transport ship (AP) are the three major auxiliaries, i.e. tanker and supply ships, in the Armada Espanola.

NavalTechnology.com

7 posted on 01/12/2012 10:06:49 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: null and void

That’s Spain for ya.


8 posted on 01/12/2012 10:11:35 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: null and void

“Attack a warship on the high seas and get arrested?”

Yea, and we wonder why this continues...


9 posted on 01/12/2012 10:13:54 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: RC2

” Just be glad it wasn’t an American war ship. Obama would have them surrender.”

At least the Spanish were allowed to shoot back.


10 posted on 01/12/2012 10:17:16 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

There’s a pretty good video on the net showing Russian navy tearing up some pirates. they don’t mess around.


11 posted on 01/12/2012 10:22:27 AM PST by freebird5850 (Of course Obama loves his country...it's just that Newt loves mine!)
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To: null and void

What am I missing here?

That the Spaniards killed one of them?


12 posted on 01/12/2012 10:28:12 AM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: Pan_Yan
Has anyone noticed that the Somali pirates no long attack Russian flagged ships? The last time the pirates seized a Russian ship, Russian commandos retook the ship shooting the pirates indiscriminately and then put the survivors in their boat and sank it in a hail of gunfire. Videos of this “incident” were widely distributed on the Internet. Perhaps the pirates have learned that you don't mess with the Russians.
13 posted on 01/12/2012 10:31:19 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: Pan_Yan

Even though these Somalia pirates are mentally challenged, barely intelligent enough to know what piracy is, they should be made to walk the plank. Give them some bloody meat to eat on the trip, and send them swimming towards home.

In a sensible world, Somalian piracy wouldn’t exist. The pirates and their bosses would all be dead. Their boats would be forming a new coral reef.


14 posted on 01/12/2012 10:31:58 AM PST by pallis
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To: pallis

Is this the same as going to a gunfight with a knife?


15 posted on 01/12/2012 10:41:01 AM PST by tbd108
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To: Pan_Yan

Haaaaaaaaa! After 10,000 years the poor creeps haven’t yet learned not to defecate in their plate. Shoulda’ shot ‘em to splinters!


16 posted on 01/12/2012 10:42:39 AM PST by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: Pan_Yan

[pirate inner monologue...] “Note to self: big grey ships with large numbers on the side... have guns.”


17 posted on 01/12/2012 10:45:55 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: RitchieAprile
What am I missing here?

That the Spaniards killed one of them?

That the Spaniards didn't kill all of them.

18 posted on 01/12/2012 10:46:23 AM PST by null and void (Day 1086 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: The Great RJ

The Russians did the same thing back in the 80’s when ‘kidnappings’ were all the rage in the Mid-East.

Some fools made the mistake of kidnapping a couple of Russians; who figured out who had kidnapped their guys, found some of their male relatives, mutilated them and left their bodies in a ditch.

Kidnapped Russians were miraculously freed unharmed.

Can’t figure how they lost Afghanistan with an MO like that...


19 posted on 01/12/2012 10:46:50 AM PST by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: tbd108

“Is this the same as going to a gunfight with a knife?”

More starting a gunfight armed with long fingernails.


20 posted on 01/12/2012 11:07:39 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: freebird5850

There was a time when all navies treated pirates that way.


21 posted on 01/12/2012 11:30:24 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: GourmetDan
Can’t figure how they lost Afghanistan with an MO like that...

They were very close to winning Afghanistan simply by depopulating the tribal areas. Then container loads of stinger missiles started showing up. The Russians thought they were bringing a gun to a knife fight. But turned out bringing a gun to a missile duel.
22 posted on 01/12/2012 11:30:42 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Replenishment ship was the first thought in my head upon seeing the photo. Still a warship.


23 posted on 01/12/2012 11:59:35 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Pan_Yan
They didn't expect a sort of Spanish Inquisition......

/Monty Python reference

24 posted on 01/12/2012 12:07:16 PM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: SW6906

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. Its cheif weapon is surprise, surprise and fear. Its two weapons are...

(Monty Python mode off)


25 posted on 01/12/2012 12:15:20 PM PST by DonkeyBonker
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To: Pan_Yan

That’s like a headline from 1595.


26 posted on 01/12/2012 12:17:00 PM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry)
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To: Tribune7
Pirates attack Spanish navy ship off Somalia, prompting gunbattle and helicopter chase

That’s like a headline from 1595.

Something like this?

27 posted on 01/12/2012 12:50:35 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

I’d pay good money to see an action adventure movie starring Bruce Willis as Leonardo DaVinci, chasing pirates in his “helicopter”. :)


28 posted on 01/12/2012 1:12:48 PM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: Ol' Sox

Yippieus Kai Yayus, Mater $%^&*(!!


29 posted on 01/12/2012 1:14:31 PM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: Ramius
[pirate inner monologue...] “Note to self: big gray ships with large numbers on the side... have guns.”

[merchant skipper inner monologue...] “Note to self: buy haze gray paint and large numeric stencils."

Heck just bring back the Q-Ship. Let them get good and rusty, fly a flag of convenience and hang out off the cost of Somalia. Fly meet flypaper.

German Raider Atlantis.
Armament: 6 × 150 mm (5.9 in) guns
1 × 75 mm (3.0 in) gun
2 × twin 37 mm anti-aircraft guns
2 × twin 20 mm cannons
4 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes
92 × mines
2 x Aircraft
The cruiser carried a dummy funnel, variable-height masts, and was well supplied with paint, canvas, and materials for further altering her appearance, including costumes for the crew and flags. Atlantis was capable of being modified to twenty-six different silhouettes. She also had a large complement of marines.
30 posted on 01/12/2012 2:02:23 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: The Great RJ
In February 2009, the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy captured ten pirates who were trying to attack an Iranian fishing trawler. The pirates were brought onboard the battlecruiser and were never heard from again.

The Russian Navy issued the following statement, "The fate of the detainees will be decided in cooperation with the Russian ministries of foreign affairs and justice." I guess Russia has the right idea about some things.

31 posted on 01/12/2012 2:16:05 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

Ping.


32 posted on 01/12/2012 2:53:27 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: pallis

“Even though these Somalia pirates are mentally challenged, barely intelligent enough to know what piracy is”

Not really. They know it is wrong because they come armed to do it.


33 posted on 01/12/2012 3:22:14 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Pan_Yan

I am actually surprised that there has been no reports of any group organizing a cruise on a lovely sloop or motor sailor.

The Dillon 134’s and ammo come free to use for entertainment.

Just imagine an arms dealer vacation, you get to test fire the latest rockets, use the latest gismos.

And you get real targets, somebody is missing a golden opportunity here.


34 posted on 01/12/2012 3:26:54 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: mgstarr

Yep...looks like a cargo vessel to me...


35 posted on 01/12/2012 4:17:44 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: BobL
WEll it's not the worst misidenticifation the Somali pirates have made.

The aft basketball court is the only obvious ship feature that says warship

But generally their ship identification sucks.
Previous mistaken for merchantman targets

The National Volunteer Coastguard of Somali really needs to learn a mnemonic "Ship of gray, Stay away"

36 posted on 01/12/2012 5:21:09 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Whatever happened to that Amy Summerland sailing chick?)
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