GUN French ship surrenders to pirates

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Pirates seize control of French cruise ship in the Gulf of Aden
    The Associated Press
    Published: April 4, 2008
    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/04/europe/EU-GEN-France-Somalia-Pirate-Attack.php

    PARIS: Pirates seized control of a French cruise ship carrying 30 crew members Friday in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia, the French Foreign Ministry and the ship's owner said.

    Attackers stormed the three-mast Le Ponant as it returned without passengers from the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, toward the Mediterranean Sea, said officials with French maritime transport company CMA-CGM.

    The corporate officials said they were in close contact with the French Foreign Ministry, which said in a statement that a cruise boat and its crew had been hit by a pirate attack.

    The ship was in the high seas in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia in the Indian Ocean, the ministry said. At least some of the crew members are French, it said.

    According to the company's Web site, the 88-meter (288-f00t) boat features four decks, two restaurants, and indoor and outdoor luxury lounges. It can hold up to 64 passengers.

    Pirates seized more than two dozen ships off the Somali coast last year.

    The U.S. Navy has led international patrols to try to combat piracy in the region. Last year, the guided missile destroyer USS Porter opened fire to destroy pirate skiffs tied to a Japanese tanker.

    Wracked by more than a decade of violence and anarchy, Somalia does not have its own navy, and a transitional government formed in 2004 with U.N. help has struggled to assert control.

    The International Maritime Bureau, which tracks piracy, said in its annual report earlier this year that global pirate attacks rose 10 percent in 2007, marking the first increase in three years.

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  2. johnson

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  3. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Guess now we have to go save the french AGAIN.
     
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    xpinchx hes got a nice cock, on the thin side but its stil

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    Pirates!
     
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    We shouldn't have saved those arrogant bastards the first time.
     
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    If it had been anyone but the French, nobody would give a shit.
     
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    Pirates eh?
     
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    You expected a cruise ship to fight pirates?
    It's not like they are armed...
     
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    Somali pirates usually ride around in something like this
    [​IMG]
    If I'm in a 300ft boat I would run them over.
     
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    Unarmed vs RPGs + AKs = surrender.
     
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    Didn't see that coming. At all.
     
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    its a nice looking boat
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    Perhaps in the future they'll consider some crew served weapons when sailing through somali waters.
     
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    All the ships I cruised on were armed...

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    USS NASSAU (LHA-4)
    And cruise ships now have (sonic disrupters)lack of proper term.
     
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    yer I've heard about those things. better off just sending them to see Davy Jones locker tho.
     
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    If you don't want to go around Africa you have to go through the Red Sea. Unfortunately, Somalia is BAM! right there.

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