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Greek Navy Chasing Syrian Ship, Refuses to Stop, Flees to International Waters
debka | 1-10-03 | debka

Posted on 01/10/2003 8:23:35 AM PST by crystalk

Greek navy is chasing Syrian-flagged freighter Antradous I in Aegean Sea suspected of carrying illegal immigrants or illicit cargo, drugs and weapons

Greece alerted sea and air forces when ship refused coast guard inspection and fled to international waters – first such refusal by Mediterranean-flagged vessel, according to Greek Shipping minister Anomeritis

Syrian authorities have not granted permission to intercept suspect vessel, currently sailing between south Peloponnesus and Crete


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aegean; greece; syria; terrorism
Go Gettem Greece. Now THERE is an ally we can depend on!
1 posted on 01/10/2003 8:23:35 AM PST by crystalk
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To: BlueLancer; a_Turk
At moments like these, I *really* miss you-know-who.
2 posted on 01/10/2003 8:25:24 AM PST by dighton
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To: crystalk
Election in Israel coming up.

Syrian soldiers firing at israel border for first time in 15 years.

Syrian ship fleeing from inspections


Amid rumors of Syria holding some of Saddam's weapons

I think something is about to happen
3 posted on 01/10/2003 8:25:31 AM PST by anobjectivist
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To: crystalk
I don't know anything about the Greek navy, or about coast guard inspection. That said, how does a freighter out run the coast guard? Why didn't they fire on them or otherwise stop them from leaving their waters?

Are U.S. Coast Guard ships armed?
4 posted on 01/10/2003 8:27:05 AM PST by babyface00
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To: dighton
At moments like these, I *really* miss you-know-who.

Who!!! Could!!! You!!! Be!!! Talking!!! About???!!!

5 posted on 01/10/2003 8:27:13 AM PST by denydenydeny
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To: babyface00
BTW, I realize U.S. Coast Guard ships aren't protecting the waters off Greece. Just curious if the same thing could happen here without someone getting their hull punctured...
6 posted on 01/10/2003 8:28:03 AM PST by babyface00
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To: crystalk
Is debka a reliable source?
7 posted on 01/10/2003 8:29:52 AM PST by bankwalker (lost 35 pounds since 11/20/2002 - 5 per week)
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To: denydenydeny
What happened to him!!!
8 posted on 01/10/2003 8:31:09 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: bankwalker
Not always... but always interesting, to see what Israel is putting out. I doubt they would say THIS unless it were true, it is too easy to check. Anybody got a Greek website for their navy?
9 posted on 01/10/2003 8:32:58 AM PST by crystalk
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To: babyface00
Are U.S. Coast Guard ships armed?

Yes, some are. Here's an example.

10 posted on 01/10/2003 8:33:16 AM PST by Chemist_Geek (Better Living Through Chemistry!)
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To: babyface00
US Coast Guard vessels are indeed armed. (Some with 5 inch cannons, if I remember correctly.) At a minimum, they've got .50 cal M2s and 40mm Mk19s. Gotta love those Mk19s!
11 posted on 01/10/2003 8:33:42 AM PST by 11B3 (Minigun the liberal masses. Bayonnet the survivors.)
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To: dighton
show some respect!

mighty geek navy strongest in world!

stop racist comments greece your best ally!
12 posted on 01/10/2003 8:33:51 AM PST by a_Turk
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To: crystalk
Go Grecians!
13 posted on 01/10/2003 8:35:34 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: a_Turk
Hmmpf....

"...and there you have it." (Big Fat Greek Wedding)
14 posted on 01/10/2003 8:37:32 AM PST by I_Publius
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To: crystalk
Will the Sixth Fleet have something to say about this?
15 posted on 01/10/2003 8:38:38 AM PST by aristeides
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
GO GREECE LIGHTING!
16 posted on 01/10/2003 8:41:37 AM PST by Dead Dog
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Navy shadows suspicious ship

Coast guard and navy vessels were shadowing until late yesterday a small Syrian-flagged freighter suspected of carrying illegal immigrants or drugs that refused to undergo an inspection off the Peloponnese, fleeing into international waters.

The 56-meter Antradous I motorship was located on Wednesday night sailing with its navigation lights off just inside Greek waters off the southeastern Peloponnese, a few kilometers south of Leonidion.

Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Anomeritis said yesterday the ship was on a ministry list of suspected smuggling vessels, and was told to stop for an inspection. “The captain refused, and coast guard vessels fired warning shots,” he said. “But the vessel proceeded at full steam into international waters, where we cannot stop ships.” Late yesterday, the Antradous I, which had sailed from Alexandria, was in international waters south of Crete. Anomeritis said Greece has notified Interpol, and has sought the assistance of naval ships patrolling the Mediterranean.


17 posted on 01/10/2003 8:45:22 AM PST by michigander
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To: bankwalker
Is debka a reliable source?

Is the Pope Jewish?

18 posted on 01/10/2003 8:56:07 AM PST by TrappedInLiberalHell
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
Go Grecians!

They've got the "formula" for success.

19 posted on 01/10/2003 8:59:18 AM PST by MrB
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To: crystalk
I doubt they would say THIS unless it were true, it is too easy to check

What, you mean like the reports from Debka of a million Chinese soldiers in Somalia (or was it the Sudan?), or the Iraqi invasion of Jordan a few years back?

In the Iraqi invasion story, they had the Israeli Air Force as well as the US Navy losing a massive aerial battle over Jordan. That was rather easily disproven, but it didn't stop Debka from publishing it.

20 posted on 01/10/2003 9:18:52 AM PST by jimtorr
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To: MrB
Go Grecians! They've got the "formula" for success.

There is no gray area when it comes to the Grecian's formula.

21 posted on 01/10/2003 9:20:12 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Stupid is as stupid does...)
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22 posted on 01/10/2003 9:23:57 AM PST by Mo1 (Join the DC Chapter at the Patriots Rally III on 1/18/03)
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To: Chemist_Geek
I click on the Gun on the deck of the ship you refinence\

MK-75, 76mm Gun

The MK-75 is a fully automated, remotely controlled gun mount that stows, aims, and fires 76mm 62-caliber ammunition. It can fire up to 80 rounds in 60 seconds without reloading.
23 posted on 01/10/2003 9:30:39 AM PST by ralph rotten
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To: 11B3
The biggest current Coast Guard guns are 3 inches (76mm).

24 posted on 01/10/2003 9:39:12 AM PST by PAR35
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To: crystalk
Greek navy is chasing Syrian-flagged freighter Antradous I .............

Maybe they should have put on their Sneakers first.
25 posted on 01/10/2003 9:55:50 AM PST by YOMO
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To: MrB
This is starting to sound Syriaous.
26 posted on 01/10/2003 10:14:49 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (ouch!)
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To: crystalk
There's a joke here... a really foul one.
27 posted on 01/10/2003 10:18:14 AM PST by Redcloak (Tag, you're it!)
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To: michigander
Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Anomeritis said yesterday the ship was on a ministry list of suspected smuggling vessels, and was told to stop for an inspection. “The captain refused, and coast guard vessels fired warning shots,” he said. “But the vessel proceeded at full steam into international waters, where we cannot stop ships.” Late yesterday, the Antradous I, which had sailed from Alexandria, was in international waters south of Crete. Anomeritis said Greece has notified Interpol, and has sought the assistance of naval ships patrolling the Mediterranean.

Oh, bologna! Hasn't Minister Anomeritis heard of the doctrine of hot pursuit?

Anyway, they oughta give Gaeta a call and ask COMSIXTHFLT nicely to borrow some assets...

28 posted on 01/10/2003 10:41:27 AM PST by Chemist_Geek (Better Living Through Chemistry!)
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To: crystalk
Post should read SLOW MOVING MERCHANT SHIP OUT RACES ENTIRE GREEK NAVY. All that and they didn't even try to shoot the propellers or rudders.
29 posted on 01/10/2003 10:52:35 AM PST by YOMO
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To: Redcloak
Safe seamanship should be practiced if they board astern.
30 posted on 01/10/2003 11:51:37 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: crystalk

31 posted on 01/10/2003 1:01:27 PM PST by jiggyboy
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To: babyface00
how does a freighter out run the coast guard?

They don't outrun the CG, they just don't stop. Punka--Punka--Punka--Punka--Punka--Punka--Punka--Punka--, ahh, international waters. Punka--punk. . . kapunk . . . punk.

32 posted on 01/10/2003 1:07:01 PM PST by RightWhale
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To: Redcloak
"Greek Navy"

Why am I giggling?

33 posted on 01/10/2003 6:26:18 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: AmishDude
With a nick like "AmishDude" online, and you're giggling? lol

http://www.clubi.ie/exalted/greeknav.htm
34 posted on 01/10/2003 6:50:05 PM PST by visualops ("..we could give it all back to you, and hope you spend it right.." -Clinton on the surplus, 1-20-99)
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To: crystalk
"Greeks are tough and stringy" thus spake Polyphemus.
35 posted on 01/10/2003 6:54:56 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: a_Turk
Bless the Turks and what they stand for. We are honored to have you with us.
36 posted on 01/10/2003 11:01:39 PM PST by davisdoug
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To: visualops; AmishDude
the thought of the Greek Navy aroused got my attention, but I promised myself I wouldn't giggle anymore after getting off that sub.....
37 posted on 01/10/2003 11:17:51 PM PST by dogbrain ("All back full! all ahead 2/3! All back full! All ahead 2/3! All back full.....")
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To: dogbrain
lol!

Hey, I was married to a Greek for 10 years.
38 posted on 01/11/2003 4:38:20 AM PST by visualops ("..we could give it all back to you, and hope you spend it right.." -Clinton on the surplus, 1-20-99)
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To: visualops
Was it a big wedding?

A big Greek wedding?

A big, fat Greek wedding?

39 posted on 01/11/2003 4:48:14 AM PST by dogbrain ("If I were a rich man,.....yadda yadda yadda.....")
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To: davisdoug
>>We are honored to have you with us.

Likewise..
40 posted on 01/11/2003 7:39:55 AM PST by a_Turk
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To: dogbrain
It was a long long long wedding lol

My ex is old calendar orthodox and the wedding was very traditional, about 2 hours long. Lots of prayers and incantations (which didn't help in the long run lol).
Coicidence is, he's from the Peloponesis (12 islands).
41 posted on 01/11/2003 11:09:12 AM PST by visualops ("..we could give it all back to you, and hope you spend it right.." -Clinton on the surplus, 1-20-99)
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To: visualops
Coicidence=coincidence
42 posted on 01/11/2003 11:10:29 AM PST by visualops ("..we could give it all back to you, and hope you spend it right.." -Clinton on the surplus, 1-20-99)
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