Skip to comments.Extended Somalia pirate plan [bomb bases] creates waves
Posted on 04/18/2012 8:05:25 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
Germany could fly bombing missions into Somalia to destroy pirate bases, if a plan set to be discussed in cabinet on Wednesday is adopted. The idea has infuriated opposition parties who described it as senseless and dangerous.
The European Union anti-pirate mission Atalanta which has for the last three years been patrolling around the Horn of Africa, currently involves up to ten ships at any one time in an ocean area nearly the size of Europe.
Expanding the mandate to include airborne missions up to two kilometres inland to target logistic facilities of the pirates as the text describes it, has infuriated German opposition parties.
But Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved the expansion on Wednesday, which Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere denied was a radical transformation of the initial mandate.
"This is a small, useful, additional military operation - it doesn't take the mission to a new level," he told reporters on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels.
"This is about additional action on the beach, not inland."
But Green Party defence expert Omid Nouripour said it was a bad, senseless adventure, while his counterpart from the Social Democrats, Rainer Arnold said his party would either vote against or abstain in a parliamentary poll.
Despite opposition, the mandate is expected to be approved in the vote on May 11.
The Bundeswehr has criticised the EU mandate expansion, expressing amazement that for example, the physical extent of the missions had already been set giving pirates the opportunity to react by, for example, simply moving their bases further inland.
Germany provides the biggest ship of the Atalanta fleet, the Berlin, which can carry up to 230 people. The mandate expansion would only include flying missions troops would only engage on the ground in exceptional circumstances such as rescue missions.
Result? No more pirates.
Let’s sell Germany a few drones.
“Lets sell Germany a few drones.”
That would require a CIC with cojones.
The “we don’t arm ships” rule is working so well!!!
Give the crew of the ships that travel that corridor some armaments, up to and beyond RPGs and the like.
Good for the Germans.
I remember when America was the leader of the free world.
Ma Deuce takes care of her babies.
Looks like the ‘Berlin’ is an oiler-supply ship, not even a warship. 4 27mm guns for local defense and a couple of cargo copters. Not sure why they even mention it in the story.
The Somalian Coast needs to be a boat free zone for the next 50 years.
Bombs Away!!!! Ya can't do too much!
Eradication is what is done with roaches. I can’t understand spending an ounce of sympathy on these sub human creatures.
“Give the crew of the ships that travel that corridor some armaments...”
The convoy system would be effective as well.
Germany benefits from maritime transit more than most, so they should be expected to do more than most to help keep the shipping lanes open.