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Canadian Frigate Seizes Ship In Arabian Sea
Posted on 02/08/2002 6:27:00 PM PST by blam
Canadian frigate seizes ship in Arabian Sea
A Canadian frigate in the Arabian Sea has boarded and seized a tanker suspected of smuggling Iraqi oil in violation of United Nations sanctions.
Canadian Navy Commander Jim Heath said the HMCS Vancouver intercepted the 1,600-ton tanker on Monday when it left territorial waters near the Iran-Pakistan border.
A helicopter hovered over the ship, covering it with a machine-gun, while a six-man party scrambled aboard.
Once the African-registered ship MV Zakat was secure, 20 more Canadian sailors went aboard and searched the vessel for two-and-a-half days.
The search "revealed significant communications equipment, technical facilities, extensive repair equipment and hidden charts and documentation associated with seasoned smuggling operations and a likely smuggling co-ordination role," the navy said in a news release.
Vancouver hooked up a line and towed the Zakat to the approaches of the Straits of Hormuz where it was handed over to another coalition ship.
Story filed: 02:24 Saturday 9th February 2002
TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
posted on 02/08/2002 6:27:01 PM PST
Bump for the Canucks.
posted on 02/08/2002 7:29:37 PM PST
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GO CANADIANS !!!! Mounties on the high seas!!!
posted on 02/08/2002 7:32:44 PM PST
The LEDET boarding party was led by Sergeant Preston of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Sgt Preston, formerly assigned to the Yukon Territory, said, "It's a trifle odd seeing water that isn't frozen solid in February, but otherwise I think I've made a ready adjustment to shipboard life."
posted on 02/08/2002 7:37:59 PM PST
posted on 02/08/2002 7:42:36 PM PST
"Mounties on the high seas!!!"
At the end of WW II, the Royal Canadian Navy was the third largest navy in the world.
Our frostbitten neighbors to the north have quite a seafaring tradition.
posted on 02/08/2002 7:46:46 PM PST
They gave 'em a salvo of logs and meese.
posted on 02/08/2002 7:53:05 PM PST
I am just glad to see someone besides ourselves and occasionaly the brits doing some of the grunt work....
posted on 02/08/2002 7:53:15 PM PST
Aside from the US and UK, the Canadians are the first to have actually done something besides parade, aren't they?
posted on 02/08/2002 7:56:20 PM PST
looks that way to me....for that i applaud them!!!
posted on 02/08/2002 8:20:56 PM PST
Negitive. Australia has had ships in the Gulf since July last year. An Aussie is in command of the naval task force doing interceptions off Iraq. The Aussie warships HMAS ANZAC, HMAS ADELAIDE, HMAS SYDNEY, and HMAS KANIMBLA have captured over 80 ships trying to run the blockade of Iraq just in the last 3 months alone. The Aussie SAS are in Afganistan doing what they do best (ie. killing the hell out of the enemy). The Aussie air force are also doing their bit to cut off any escape routes out of Pakistan.
Overlooked, ignored and kicked in the guts. Situation normal, Australia.
posted on 02/08/2002 8:32:32 PM PST
I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok....:)
posted on 02/08/2002 8:37:45 PM PST
"Overlooked, ignored and kicked in the guts. Situation normal, Australia."
Well, let's put an end to that complex right here and now.
The Aussie SAS has been active inside Afghanistan. I recall reading about their involvement, rather early on as I recall.
My error and I apologize.
And I was unaware of the exploits of the Adelaide, Anzac, Sydney and Kanimbla simply because they haven't been reported in any medium that I've read. What is the Kanimbla named for, anyway?
Those Canucks, they get all the press, don't they?
And did not Australians fight in every WW II theater? There was an RAAF wing in Bomber Command. The Aussies were the backbone of the British 8th Army in North Africa, also fighting their way up the boot of Italy. And diggers did the dirty work in both the CBI and SW Pacific.
Where, pray tell, did all those soldiers come from?
All better now?
posted on 02/08/2002 8:49:41 PM PST
Sorry about the rant but I had to get it off my chest. A lot of people tend to forget Australia and lump us in with those bloody EU morons.
Australia is running a huge risk backing the US. South East Asia is generally anti American, anti West, and anti Christian. They didn't like Australia before Sept 11 and with the world's largest Islamic country next door still pi$$ed at us for liberating East Timor, things could very easily get extremely dangerous.
BTW, KANIMBLA is named after an amphip ship which saw alot of action in the Pacific and North Africa during WW2. Also KANIMBLA is an ex USN ship, USS SAGINSAW.
posted on 02/08/2002 9:09:45 PM PST
"Sorry about the rant but I had to get it off my chest. A lot of people tend to forget Australia and lump us in with those bloody EU morons."
Don't blame you.
And I, for one, would never mistake an Aussie for a Euroweenie.
Hell, you guys even play baseball!
posted on 02/08/2002 9:18:16 PM PST
Woohoo! I rise to toast the Royal Canadian Navy: "A willing Foe, and sea room..."
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