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  • China's pirate patrol submarine is too noisy, say naval experts

    05/03/2015 3:57:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday, 03 May, 2015 | Minnie Chan
    China's recent deployment of a nuclear submarine for an antipiracy mission in the Gulf of Aden may have caused unease among its neighbours, but naval experts say the Type 091 vessel is unlikely to pose any real threat because of the noise it generates. The experts say the international community should instead keep an eye on China's quieter, more advanced diesel-driven submarines. CCTV's military channel last Sunday reported that a nuclear submarine from the People's Liberation Army Navy had completed a two-month escort mission in the pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden, and returned to its base in Qingdao...
  • What is the USS Theodore Roosevelt doing in the Gulf of Aden? Nobody knows.

    04/22/2015 1:09:36 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Charting Course Blog ^ | April 22, 2015 | Steve Berman
    [Snip]...But Marie Harf, Queen of Nonsense, insists that the carrier group (carriers never travel alone, by the way, they keep missile frigates, destroyers, Aegis cruisers, tenders, and a few submarines around for security) is only there to “ensure the shipping lanes remain open and safe” — and “not to do anything in terms of those Iranian ships.” Any suggestion to the contrary is “blatantly untrue– so this discreet movement of U.S. assets is for a discreet purpose,” Harf said. To paraphrase what Teddy Roosevelt might say: W.T.F!?
  • Officials: US closing embassy in Yemen due to unrest

    02/10/2015 11:08:10 AM PST · by BeauBo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 10, 2015 | Associated Press
    The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen amid political deadlock and deteriorating security conditions after the takeover of the country by Shiite rebels, two U.S. officials said. The officials said diplomats were being evacuated from the country on Tuesday and the embassy will suspend operations until conditions improve. Yemen has been in crisis for months with Iran-linked Shiite Houthi rebels besieging the capital and then taking control. The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the closure publicly on the record.
  • The Obama-Khamenei alliance

    10/20/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot. While the foreign ministers were busily counting how many centrifuges could spin in Iranian facilities, President Obama and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have arranged a working relationship throughout the Middle East that effectively puts American policy at the service of Iran.Long the goal of Obama, who sent a private emissary to Tehran as early as the 2008 election campaign to tell the Khamenei regime he wanted to be their friend, there is now a de facto alliance between the two...
  • The Deadly Disgrace of Obama's Pro-Terrorist Lawyers

    10/12/2012 1:35:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 12, 2012 | Michelle Malik
    October 12 marks the 12th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole. The grim milestone comes as President Obama faces mounting questions about his administration's dereliction of duty during the murderous attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. And it comes just a day after resurgent al-Qaida thugs pulled off the drive-by assassination of a top Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa. These are not "bumps in the road." These are gravesites on the blood-spattered path to surrender. Seventeen U.S. sailors died in the brutal suicide attack on the guided Navy missile destroyer as...
  • Vanishing files delay Guantanamo hearings in 9/11 case

    04/17/2013 7:36:31 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-17-2013 | Jane Sutton
    MIAMI (Reuters) - Guantanamo war crimes prosecutions of five prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 hijacked planes attacks will be delayed by two months because of lost files caused by Pentagon computer problems, U.S. military officials said on Wednesday. A weeklong pretrial hearing had been set to begin on Monday in the death penalty case against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the attacks, and four alleged co-conspirators. The judge overseeing the case postponed the hearing until June 17 at the request of defense lawyers who said three to four weeks' worth of their confidential work files had...
  • DOD Announces Military Commissions Actions [al-Nashiri]

    11/21/2009 8:48:24 PM PST · by Cindy · 13 replies · 420+ views - Release No. 917-09 ^ | November 20, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 917-09 November 20, 2009 DOD Announces Military Commissions Actions Today, prosecutors in the Office of Military Commissions announced they intend to ask the convening authority to refer new charges under the recently-enacted Military Commissions Act of 2009 against Abd al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed Abdu al-Nashiri, in connection with the bombing of the USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, in October 2000. The bombing resulted in the deaths of 17 sailors and injuries to many more. This announcement follows the attorney general's determination on Nov. 13, 2009, that a military...
  • GOP Slams Obama Administration for Bringing Somali Terror Suspect to U.S.

    07/06/2011 7:32:35 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/6/2011 | fox news
    Republicans are blasting the Obama administration for detaining a Somali terror suspect for two months aboard a U.S. warship before flying him to New York over the July Fourth holiday to face charges in a civilian trial. Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, who has ties to the Al Qaeda-linked group al-Shabaab, was captured April 19 in the Horn of Africa region, possibly in Yemen. At his arraignment in New York Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to the nine charges he's been indicted on by a federal grand jury, including providing material support to a terrorist organization. "The Obama administration won't detain terrorists...
  • (Indian) Navy destroys pirate mother ship, arrests pirates

    01/29/2011 8:15:35 PM PST · by STARSCREAM1987 · 30 replies
    THE HINDU ^ | January 29, 2011 | Special Correspondent Pirate mother ship Prantalay 14 towing skiffs prior to hoisting them on board. The skiffs were used by the pirates to chase merchant vessel CMA CGM Verdi off Lakshadweep on Friday, but with a Coast Guard Dornier challenging them, they were forced to retreat. Special Arrangement Pirate mother ship Prantalay 14 towing skiffs prior to hoisting them on board. The skiffs were used by the pirates to chase merchant vessel CMA CGM Verdi off Lakshadweep on Friday, but with a Coast Guard Dornier challenging them, they were forced to retreat. Whilst the Coast Guard and Navy Dorniers tracked Prantalay,...
  • Somali pleads guilty to piracy

    08/27/2010 3:21:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/27/2010
    NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Somali man Friday pleaded guilty in federal court in Norfolk, Va., to attacking the USS Ashland in the first successful U.S. piracy prosecution in 150 years. Jama Idle Ibrahim told the court he believed the Ashland was a merchant vessel he could hold for ransom. The ship was attacked April 10 in the Gulf of Aden. "Today marks the first conviction in Norfolk for acts of piracy in more than 150 years," U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said. "Modern-day pirates must be held accountable and will face severe consequences." Ibrahim, also known as Jaamac...
  • China’s PLA Navy Sends Largest Surface Combatant to Gulf of Aden

    07/01/2010 4:32:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 07/07/2010 | Greg Grant
    China is sending its largest surface combatant, the amphibious landing ship Kunlun Shan, to the Gulf of Aden to serve as a command ship for a PLA Navy anti-piracy task force, according to China Defense Blog. This marks the first deployment of the 071 LPD, launched in 2006, the largest naval ship of its own design China has built to date with an estimated displacement of around 20,000 tons. China is scheduled to command the multinational task force operating off the coast of piracy haven Somalia. Accompanying the Kunlun Shan is the destroyer Lanzhou and the supply ship Weishanhu. Available...
  • Japan to build navy base in Gulf of Aden

    05/11/2010 5:38:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 484+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/11/2010 | UPI
    Japan plans to establish a $40 million strategic naval base in the Horn of Africa state of Djibouti, where U.S. and French forces are deployed to combat al-Qaida jihadists. The facility, intended to boost the fight against Somali pirates preying on vital shipping lanes, will be Japan's first foreign military base since World War II. "This will be the only Japanese base outside our country and the first in Africa," said Japanese navy Capt. Keizo Kitagawa, commander of the Japanese flotilla deployed with the international anti-piracy task force in the Gulf of Aden. He will oversee establishment of the base....
  • Pirates released after assault operation near Gulf of Aden apparently perished

    05/11/2010 1:49:15 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 41 replies · 1,716+ views
    RIA "Novosti" ^ | May, 11, 2010
    The Somali pirates who were captured in an assault operation after hijacking a Russian tanker near the Gulf of Aden and then released by Russian military officials have not reached the coast and have apparently perished, a top-ranking source in Russia's Defense Ministry told journalists on Tuesday. Russia's Moscow University tanker was hijacked last week near the Gulf of Aden. Ten pirates were captured and one was killed in the assault operation. The captured pirates were initially to be sent to Moscow for prosecution, but Russian military officials then made the decision to release them, citing the absence of a...
  • U.S. Navy Ship Grabs More Pirates, Lets Them Go

    04/04/2010 1:40:46 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 966+ views
    ABC News ^ | 4/2/2010 | ABC News
    A U.S. Navy ship has sunk a pirate "mother ship" in the Indian Ocean and captured 11 pirates, and then promptly let them go. It was the second time within 24 hours that U.S. forces captured Somali pirates. Earlier Thursday, five pirates were taken into custody after they attacked a U.S. warship. While those five pirates remain in custody, the 11 captured Thursday were allowed to leave in small skiffs after the mother ship was sunk. The action prompted a Pentagon spokesman to deny that the Navy had a "catch and release" policy regarding pirates. A Naval official told ABC...

    03/31/2010 4:15:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies · 1,068+ views
    CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR ^ | March 30, 2010 | By Taylor Barnes, Correspondent
    Terrorism & Security "Somali pirates hijack eight ships in three days" "Somali pirates hijacked a cargo ship with 24 crew Monday, on the heels of capturing another seven vessels in the Indian Ocean over the weekend." Photo Gallery Somali pirates SNIPPET: "Pirates captured a Panama-flagged cargo ship just 10 miles from its port on Monday. The ship was last reported being sailed through the Gulf of Aden toward Somalia. The attack comes after seven ships were hijacked in the Indian Ocean this weekend and underscores the persistence of pirates even in the face of increased international patroling and private security...
  • NATO warship sinks pirate ship off Somalia

    03/02/2010 12:07:33 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 65 replies · 2,074+ views
    A NATO destroyer has sunk a pirate mothership in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast after allowing the crew to leave, the alliance said Monday. Shona Lowe, an anti-piracy spokeswoman, said the HDMS Absalon — the Danish flagship of the three-vessel NATO flotilla in the region — disrupted a pirate operation by "scuttling" one of the large boats used by Somali gangs to transport attack teams to piracy hunting areas far off the coast. The mothership was fired on and sunk after its crew members were transferred to a smaller boat in tow, which was allowed to return to...
  • Somali pirates hijack two ships

    12/29/2009 2:59:37 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 25 replies · 1,147+ views
    BBC ^ | Dec 29, 2009
    Somali pirates have captured two ships with 45 crew off the East African coast, officials say. A UK-flagged chemical tanker, the St James Park, was reportedly captured in the Gulf of Aden on Monday while on its way to Thailand from Spain. Its 26 crew hail from Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Georgia, India, Turkey and the Philippines. The Navios Apollon, a Panamanian-flagged Greek cargo ship with 19 crew, was hijacked north of the Seychelles. The 50,000-tonne carrier - which had been sailing from the US state of Florida to India - was boarded on Monday by 10 men in...
  • Somali Pirates Open Up a "Stock Exchange"

    12/02/2009 12:45:35 AM PST · by newbie2008 · 13 replies · 1,182+ views
    reginaldo writes to clue us that pirates in Somalia have opened up a cooperative in Haradheere, where investors can pay money or guns to help their favorite pirate crew for a share of the piracy profits. "'Four months ago, during the monsoon rains, we decided to set up this stock exchange. We started with 15 "maritime companies" and now we are hosting 72. Ten of them have so far been successful at hijacking,' Mohammed [a wealthy former pirate who took a Reuters reporter to the facility] said. ... Piracy investor Sahra Ibrahim, a 22-year-old divorcee, was lined up with others...
  • Aussie Navy Thwarts Pirate Attack

    09/28/2009 12:50:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,467+ views
    Taiwan News ^ | 2009-09-28
    An Australian naval ship has thwarted an attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Yemen, by suspected Somali pirates armed with a rocket propelled grenade launcher. The HMAS Toowoomba answered an emergency call from merchant vessel BBC Portugal after it sighted an armed boat approaching on Sept. 20, Australia's Department of Defence said today in a faxed statement. Along with the grenade launcher, staff from the Toowoomba found six AK47 assault rifles, a G3 assault rifle and a large quantity of ammunition. Somali pirates venturing out to sea as monsoon winds abate are...
  • Iran sends warships into Gulf of Aden

    07/31/2009 9:09:40 AM PDT · by FlorianG · 37 replies · 3,114+ views ^ | 7/30/2009 | UPI
    TEHRAN, July 30 (UPI) -- Iran has deployed a flotilla of warships and support vessels into the Gulf of Aden, the second in recent weeks, and says it also plans to establish a new naval base in the Gulf of Oman, at the southern end of the chokepoint Strait of Hormuz. This expanding naval activity by the Iranians may be intended to counter a recent increase in Israeli naval deployments. It also takes place against a backdrop of widening political turmoil in Tehran following the disputed re-election of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on June 12 that has caused international unease...
  • Somali pirates free ship, ransom paid

    07/18/2009 10:39:12 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 587+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (article from Reuters) ^ | July 19, 2009 | Abdiqani Hassan
    SOMALI pirates fired in the air in jubilation after receiving a $1.8 million ransom in exchange for the release of a German-owned vessel and its 11-member crew. Somali sea gangs, operating in the strategic shipping lanes linking Asia and Europe, have made millions of dollars in ransom from hijacking vessels in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. "We have taken a $1.8 million ransom and released the German ship," pirate Ahmed said from a lair in the town of Eyl on the Somali coast. The 146-metre MV Victoria, an Antigua and Barbuda-flagged cargo vessel, was hijacked by eight pirates...
  • Pirates Die From Possible Chemical Weapons on Iranian Ship

    07/16/2009 5:46:26 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 32 replies · 1,918+ views
    The Digital Journal ^ | 14 July 2009 | Christopher Szabo
    Pirates who hijacked an Iranian ship have become sick and some have died after coming into contact with the ships’ cargo. The 40 pirates hijacked the M.V. Deyanat in the Gulf of Aden. The Sunday Times reported that the pirates became ill, suffered apparent skin burns and lost hair. The Director of the East African Seafarer’s Assistance Programme, Andrew Mwangira, said We don’t know exactly how many, but the information that I am getting is that some of them had died. There is something very wrong about that ship. The ship, which is owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran...
  • Iran steps up presence in international waters

    05/27/2009 3:50:34 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 433+ views
    (REUTERS) via GULF ^ | May 25, 2009, 22:38 | n/a
    Tehran: Iran has sent six warships to international waters, including the Gulf of Aden, to show its ability to confront any foreign threats, its naval commander said on Monday. Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, quoted by the ISNA news agency, made the announcement five days after Iran said it test-fired a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres, putting Israel and US bases in the area within reach. Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday rejected a Western proposal for it to "freeze" its nuclear work in return for no new sanctions and ruled out any talks with major powers on the...
  • Iran Sends 6 Warships to International Waters in 'Saber Rattling' Move

    05/26/2009 4:13:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies · 1,966+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2009
    Iran has sent six warships into international waters in a move security experts are calling a "muscle flexing" show of defiance following missile tests last week."Iran has dispatched six ... warships to international waters and the Gulf of Aden region in a historically unprecedented move by the Iranian Navy," Iranian Adm. Habibollah Sayyari told a gathering of armed forces officials, Reuters reported. Sayyari said the ships were moved to preserve Iran's territorial integrity in its southern waters, but foreign policy experts are calling it an aggressive move targeted at a Western audience as much as for regional powers like...
  • Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy (Tyrants react to weakness)

    05/25/2009 6:17:38 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 39 replies · 3,423+ views
    Al-Reuters ^ | May 25, 2009
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has sent six warships to international waters, including the Gulf of Aden, to show its ability to confront any foreign threats, its naval commander said on Monday. Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, quoted by the ISNA news agency, made the announcement five days after Iran said it test-fired a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles), putting Israel and U.S. bases in the area within reach. Iran said on May 14 it had sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden to protect oil tankers from the world's fifth-largest crude exporter against attacks by pirates...
  • Aussie warships scare off Somali pirates in Gulf of Aden

    05/18/2009 2:15:21 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 532+ views ^ | 18th May 2009
    TWO Australian warships have rushed to the aid of a freighter under attack in the Gulf of Aden from pirates. HMAS Sydney and HMAS Ballarat responded to a distress call from the merchant vessel, MV Dubai Princess, at about 6pm yesterday. Upon receiving the distress call, the Sydney closed in on the merchant vessel and launched a helicopter to assess the situation, while the Ballarat went to action stations. As the situation developed, another merchant vessel, MV MSC Stella, was also harassed by small vessels in the same area. The head of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus...
  • Somalia pirates shuttling al Qaeda terrorists and weapons for al-Shabab, sharing ransoms

    04/14/2009 10:45:12 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 15 replies · 1,456+ views ^ | April 14, 2009 | Tim Sumner
    Perhaps purely motivated by profit, Somalian pirates are shuttling weapons and terrorists in and out of the country and sharing up to fifty-percent of the ransoms with al-Shabab, what it reaps from hijacking ships. Formed as the Islamic Courts Union's (ICU) military wing, al-Shabab announced in March its affiliation with al Qaeda after regaining control of most of southern Somalia earlier this year when Ethiopia withdrew its forces. Southern Somalia is now under the control of Shabaab and other Islamist groups. Click image to enlarge. Map used with permission. Read the story at The Long War JournalThe Weekly Standard's Thomas...
  • Bulker taken in new piracy

    04/14/2009 6:27:58 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 17 replies · 1,213+ views
    Maritime Security Center/Fairplay Daily News ^ | April 14, 2009 | staff writer
    PIRATES resumed their ship hijackings this morning, after several attackers were killed by US and French commandos in freeing captives over the weekend. The Greek-operated, 35,000dwt drybulk carrier Irene was hijacked early this morning in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, maritime officials told the BBC. It was April’s ninth hijacking in the gulf and Indian Ocean since the start of the month, the Kenya-based East African Seafarers Assistance Programme told the AFP news agency, which identified the vessel as Irene, flagged in Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines. The attack, but not the ship’s name, was confirmed by the MSC HOA...
  • Freighter hijacked near Somalia

    04/14/2009 12:21:33 AM PDT · by zipper · 61 replies · 2,696+ views
    BBC ^ | April 14, 2009 | unknown
    Pirates have hijacked a tanker off the coast of Somalia, maritime officials say, days after several pirates were killed by US and French forces. In the latest in a string of attacks by pirates seeking ransom payments, a freighter named as the MV Irene was taken in the Gulf of Aden..... [snip]
  • Pirates seize 10 Italians in US - owned tugboat

    04/11/2009 11:50:44 AM PDT · by GVnana · 37 replies · 997+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/2009 | Duncan Miriri
    Pirates seize 10 Italians in U.S.-owned tugboat 11 Apr 2009 By Duncan Miriri NAIROBI, April 11 (Reuters) - Pirates captured a U.S.-owned and Italian-flagged tugboat with 16 crew including 10 Italians on Saturday in the latest hijacking in the busy Gulf of Aden. "We can confirm that 10 Italians were kidnapped but we have no further details," an Italian foreign ministry official said. Andrew Mwangura, of the Mombasa-based East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme, said the crew were believed to be unharmed on the tugboat, which he added was operated from the United Arab Emirates.
  • Pirates Hijack Second US Vessel

    04/11/2009 8:35:25 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 357 replies · 17,169+ views
    BBC ^ | 11 April 2009 | Staff
    Somali pirates have hijacked a US-owned tugboat in the Gulf of Aden with 16 crew on board, reports say. Maritime industry sources say the tug, which sails under an Italian flag, was towing two barges at the time of the attack, at 1100 local time (0800 GMT). The crew are said to be unharmed. The US and Italian governments have not confirmed the hijacking. Meanwhile pirates holding a US captain hostage have warned that using force to rescue him could result in "disaster". The pirates said they hoped to transfer Capt Richard Phillips from a lifeboat to a bigger vessel,...
  • Sure the Pirates lost the American Ship, but the real problems remain

    04/08/2009 3:42:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 110 replies · 2,937+ views
    COVERT RADIO SHOW COVERT RADIO "The Daily Blast" "Sure the Pirates lost the American Ship, but the real problems remain"
  • Russian destroyer visits naval base in south China

    04/06/2009 1:11:09 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 7 replies · 734+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 06/ 04/ 2009
    BEIJING, April 6 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Admiral Vinogradov destroyer arrived on Monday in the Chinese port of Zhanjiang on an official visit that followed a three-month tour of duty in the Gulf of Aden. The destroyer, accompanied by the Boris Butoma tanker, is on its way to its home base in Vladivostok after participating in anti-piracy operations off the Somali coast. The first-ever visit of Russian naval vessels to Zhanjiang will last until April 10, and is to involve a number of cultural and sporting events. The Admiral Vinogradov is an Udaloy class missile destroyer, armed with anti-ship missiles,...

    03/30/2009 10:26:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 1,563+ views
    Daily Express ^ | March 30,2009
    Pirates who attacked a ship off the coast of Somalia got more than they bargained for when it turned out to be a naval vessel The pirates apparently mistook the FGS Spessart for a commercial merchant ship when they targeted it in the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia and Yemen. The German supply ship pursued the pirate boat, joined by two other ships, a frigate, a helicopter and a plane. A boarding team discovered several weapons and transferred seven suspected pirates on to another German frigate.
  • Defense Leaders to Congress: Piracy Begins On Land

    03/06/2009 2:42:12 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 840+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Defense Leaders to Congress: Piracy Begins On Land By Samantha L. Quigley American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 5, 2009 – The root cause of maritime piracy resides on land, and halting it requires an international solution, the Defense Department’s head of African Affairs told a congressional panel today. “The absence of a strong government in Somalia remains the single greatest challenge to regional security,” Daniel Pike, acting principal director of African Affairs, said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee. “[It] provides freedom of action for those engaged in piracy...
  • USS Vella Gulf Crew Captures Pirates in Gulf of Aden

    02/11/2009 4:47:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 1,023+ views
    AT SEA ABOARD USS VELLA GULF, Feb. 11, 2009 – The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf apprehended seven pirates in the Gulf of Aden today after responding to a distress call from a nearby merchant vessel. The event marks the first time Combined Task Force 151, a multinational effort to fight piracy in the region, has apprehended suspected pirates, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command officials said. At about 3 p.m., the Marshall Islands-flagged motor vessel Polaris sent a distress call to all ships in the area, reporting that a small skiff containing seven suspected pirates had...
  • Navy, Coast Guard Join to Combat Piracy (Tonk would have Loved a Role in this Mission)

    01/21/2009 3:33:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 470+ views
    AT SEA ABOARD USS SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 21, 2009 – Navy and Coast Guard boarding teams are working together to ensure safe operations in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and Indian Ocean as part of Combined Task Force 151, a multinational counter-piracy task force. Coast Guard and Navy teams board suspect vessels to detect, deter and disrupt piracy activities. "This is a law-enforcement operation to deter piracy and make the waters safe for all nations," Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Greg Ponzi, officer in charge for Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 405, said. Each boarding team for CTF...
  • 5 Somali pirates drown with ransom share

    01/10/2009 11:43:01 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 18 replies · 848+ views
    AP myway ^ | 1/10/09 | MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Five of the Somali pirates who released a hijacked oil-laden Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of a reported $3 million ransom after their small boat capsized, a pirate and a relative of one of the dead men said Saturday. Pirate Daud Nure said the boat with eight people on board overturned in a storm after dozens of pirates left the Sirius Star following a two-month standoff in the Gulf of Aden that ended Friday. He said five people died and three people reached shore after swimming for several hours. Daud Nure was not part of...
  • 5 Somali pirates drown with ransom share

    01/10/2009 5:32:14 AM PST · by decimon · 43 replies · 6,920+ views News ^ | Jan. 10, 2008 | Unknown
    MOGADISHU, Somalia — Five of the Somali pirates who released a hijacked oil-laden Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of a reported $3 million ransom after their small boat capsized, a pirate and port town resident said Saturday. Pirate Daud Nure says the boat with eight people on board overturned in a storm after dozens of pirates left the Sirius Star following a two-month standoff in the Gulf of Aden that ended Friday.
  • US to head anti-pirate patrols off Somalia

    01/08/2009 4:05:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 462+ views
    A U.S. Navy commander will lead a new international force to battle pirates off the coast of Somalia. More than 20 nations are expected to take part in the mission once it is fully underway later this month. The announcement Thursday by U.S. Navy officials in Bahrain did not list the countries participating, but said the new force will be headed by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Terence McKnight. Merchant fleets have been calling for a stronger military response to pirates after a sharp escalation in attacks last year. At least 111 ships were attacked and more than 40 of them...
  • Brits fight off deadly pirates (repelled 4 pirate attacks w/ molotov cocktails, flare guns)

    01/06/2009 11:34:01 AM PST · by Stoat · 77 replies · 2,658+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | January 6, 2009 | DAVID WILLETTS
    EXCLUSIVE Brits fight off deadly pirates                      By DAVID WILLETTS Published: Today       A TEAM of hero Brits battled back deadly pirates four times in 24 hours armed only with Molotov cocktails and flare guns, The Sun can reveal. The three-man ex-military security team were hired to protect cargo ship S. Venus in the pirate infested waters of the Gulf of Aden off the Africa coast. On four separate occasions between New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Somali pirates – armed with AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades (RPG) – tried...
  • Danish vessel detains pirates

    01/03/2009 6:23:32 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 1,092+ views ^ | 1/2/2009
    The Danish support vessel Absalon, which currently heads Task Force 150 operations in the Gulf of Aden has detained five Somali pirates after sinking their vessel, according to Admiral Danish Fleet. The Danish support vessel Absalon has detained five pirates in the Gulf of Aden after a dramatic incident involving a Netherlands-flagged vessel The Absalon detained the pirates after a dramatic incident in the Gulf of Aden, during which pirates attacked a Netherlands-flagged vessel. The crew were able to repulse the pirates, setting fire to their skiff with an emergency flare, after which the pirates abandoned ship and were picked...
  • Crew Fights Off Somali Pirates with Water Jets

    01/02/2009 11:52:47 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 40 replies · 1,180+ views
    CNBC ^ | 1/2/2009 | CNBC
    Crewmen fired high pressure water jets Friday to fight off heavily armed Somali pirates trying to board a Greek oil tanker in the dangerous Gulf of Aden, officials said. It was the fourth pirate attack of the new year. Armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades, pirates in three speedboats twice tried to board the Greek-flagged Kriti Episkopi but were driven away when the crew turned fire hoses on them and EU aircraft scrambled from a nearby European Union naval flotilla to help, shipping company and Greek government officials said.
  • Chinese Navy sets sail for anti-piracy mission off Somalia (Xinhua)

    12/26/2008 5:12:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 1,243+ views
    China Daily ^ | 12/26/08
    Chinese Navy sets sail for anti-piracy mission off Somalia (Xinhua) Updated: 2008-12-26 15:13 SANYA - The Chinese naval fleet set sail at 1:50 p.m. on Friday from a port here in the southernmost island province of Hainan for Somalia. The ships will take part in an escort mission against piracy. The warships of the People's Liberation Army Navy, decorated by colored ribbons and flowers, were unmoored at the military port by crew members in white naval uniforms who saluted the crowds who saw them off. Two destroyers, DDG-169 Wuhan and DDG-171 Haikou, and the supply ship Weishanhu from the South...
  • China Prepping to Send Warships After Pirates

    12/23/2008 4:26:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 2,406+ views
    CNN ^ | December 22, 2008
    Two Chinese destroyers and a supply ship will set sail for the Gulf of Aden on Friday to protect Chinese merchant ships from an increasing number of pirate attacks in the waters off the coast of Somalia, navy officials said Tuesday. China has reportedly been working to rapidly modernize its fleet. Two helicopters and special operations forces will also head to the region, the Chinese officials said. Chinese media reported the plans last week. It will mark the first time that the country's naval vessels have left Chinese waters in centuries. The Chinese ships will join a multinational naval force...
  • Pictured: Desperate Chinese sailors fight off Somali pirates with beer bottles and Molotov cocktails

    12/19/2008 11:39:03 AM PST · by Flavius · 48 replies · 2,986+ views
    dailymail ^ | 19th December 2008 | By Mail Foreign Service
    Keeping low to avoid being shot, a sailor lights a Molotov cocktail before throwing it at Somali pirates trying to board his ship. He and his crewmates were expecting trouble and had prepared dozens of the makeshift grenades to repel an invasion. Their cargo vessel was attacked in the Gulf of Aden by pirates using speedboats and armed with heavy machine guns and rocket launchers.
  • U.S. says lacks intelligence to fight pirates in Somalia

    12/15/2008 3:07:40 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 602+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 13, 2008 | Frederik Richter
    The United States lacks the intelligence needed to pursue the fight against pirates on Somali soil, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said . His comments came days after the U.S. delegation at the United Nations circulated a draft resolution that would give countries the right to pursue pirates on land as well as at sea. Analysts say that pursuing pirates on land is crucial to any military response to attacks that have targeted dozens of ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean in recent months. Referring to media reports that "two to three clans or extended families" were...
  • Indian navy captures 23 pirates: Pirates threatened a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden, navy says

    12/13/2008 1:10:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 4,158+ views
    MSNBC / The Associated Press ^ | December 13, 2008
    NEW DELHI - The Indian navy captured 23 pirates who threatened a merchant vessel Saturday in the lawless waters of the Gulf of Aden, where dozens of ships have come under attack by gunmen in recent months. An Indian navy ship, the INS Mysore, was escorting merchant ships in the region near Somalia when it received a distress call from seamen on board the MV Gibe, who said they were being attacked by two boats. The distress call said the pirates were firing as their boats closed in on the Gibe, according to a statement from the Indian government. The...
  • Indian Navy repulses attack, arrests 23 pirates

    12/13/2008 4:38:05 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 42 replies · 2,792+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | 13 December, 2008 | The Indian Express
    NEW DELHI:  In another successful anti-piracy operation, Navy warship on Saturday repulsed an attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden and nabbed 23 Somali and Yemeni sea brigands, in a show of resolve to weed out the menace that affected maritime trade in the region. The pirates on two speed boats had surrounded the merchant vessel flying the Ethiopian flag around noon, when INS Mysore warship intervened and warded off the attack, Navy spokesperson said. The pirates had fired at the merchant vessel with their small arms, when it sent out a rescue call and the Indian...
  • ( Somali ) Pirates 'put down hostage revolt'

    12/09/2008 9:20:14 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 1,069+ views
    AFP...BBC ^ | 9 December 2008
    Somali pirates say they have thwarted an apparent revolt by the crew of a hijacked Ukrainian cargo ship... sailors of the MV Faina tried to "harm" two of their captors. The ship is carrying 33 tanks and other weaponry and was seized by pirates two and half months ago. "Some crew members on the Ukrainian ship are misbehaving," the pirate said. "They tried to harm two of our gunmen late Monday. This is unacceptable, they risk serious punitive measures. "Somalis know how to live and how to die at the same time, but the Ukrainians' attempt to take violent action...