GUN UN Ship captured by pirates

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Pirates hijack food aid ship off Somalia

    By ANTHONY MITCHELL, Associated Press Writer Sun Feb 25, 11:05 AM ET

    NAIROBI, Kenya - Pirates hijacked a cargo ship delivering U.N. food aid to northeastern Somalia on Sunday — at least the third time since 2005 that a vessel contracted to the
    United Nations has been hijacked off the country's dangerous coast.
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    The ship, MV Rozen, had just dropped off more than 1,800 tons of food aid in the semiautonomous region of Puntland in northeastern Somalia when the pirates struck, said Stephanie Savariaud, a spokeswoman for the U.N.'s World Food Program.

    It was not immediately known if any of the 12 crew members aboard — six from Sri Lanka and six from Kenya — were injured in the attack.

    "We know it has been hijacked by pirates but we do not know how many pirates there are," Savariaud said. "We are very concerned about the safety of the crew."

    There was an attempted hijacking on the same ship in March last year by five pirates armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, but the vessel managed to outrun them.

    "The pirates have not made any demands yet," said Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Program.

    The ship was contracted by the WFP to deliver food aid to Somalia, where around one million people are suffering from a drought that hit the region last year.

    The U.N. has explored alternative transport routes to Somalia. But overland routes are also troubled by the lack of security and lawlessness — aid workers have been the targets of kidnappings and killings.

    The WFP ship is currently being held close to the island of Ras Afun, just off the Puntland coast. The ship has lost contact with its home port of Mombasa in Kenya, said Mwangura.

    The 1,880-mile coast of Somalia, which has had no effective government since warlords ousted a dictatorship in 1991 and then turned on each other, has emerged as one of the most dangerous areas for ships.

    Somali pirates are trained fighters, often dressed in military fatigues, using speedboats equipped with satellite phones and Global Positioning System equipment. They are typically armed with automatic weapons, anti-tank rocket launchers and various types of grenades, according to the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia.

    In 2005, two ships carrying U.N. World Food Program aid were overwhelmed by pirates. The number of overall reported at-sea hijackings that year was 35, compared with two in 2004, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

    The bandits target both passenger and cargo vessels for ransom or loot, using the money to buy weapons.
     
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    didn't we decide awhile ago that WMD needs a Q-ship?
     
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    I bet we could take over one of those with a couple AR 15's and some airsoft M16s :rofl:
    We fire with the AR's but they hear the clatter of the auto toys
     
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    They should ban hijackings. That should do it.
     
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    That's why nobody should help these fucking shithole countries.
     
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    :rofl: They don't have armed escorts?
     
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    Youd think they would have learned their lesson in Somalia 15+ years ago
    Let those fuckers starve to death
     
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    we need to get that sub and start doing this
     
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    That would make too much sense.
     
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    'Seems that a handful of M2s mounted on the perimeter of the ship with some modest armor/spliter guards around them would be adequate to prevent this sort of thing...
     
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    A few of those dual mounted M2s could make short work of any pirates:rofl: .
    I saw some cnn pictures of said "pirates".They were on a patched up fiberglass boat and were armed with AKs, RPGs and a 12.7mm DSHK:noes:
     
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    That was a U.S. cruise liner, not a destroyer. The pirates were in a little fishing boat type thing. They shot RPGs at the cruise liner and the captain put the boat at full speed and was able to outrun it. :rofl:

    At any rate... those ships should be armed!
     
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    Is this over now?
     
  17. t1h

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    sink the ship
     

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