Hmmm, I'm a pirate.
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"What we always do Pinky, fire upon the U.S. Navy!"
Updated: 3:42 p.m. ET March 18, 2006
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Two U.S. Navy warships exchanged gunfire with suspected pirates Saturday off the coast of Somalia, and one suspect was killed and five others were wounded, the navy said.
Seven other suspects were taken into custody after the early-morning shootout, said Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.
No sailors were wounded in the battle, which occurred at about 5:40 a.m. local time, approximately 25 nautical miles off the Somali coast in international waters.
The battle started after the USS Cape St. George and USS Gonzalez, which were patrolling as part of a Dutch-led task force, spotted a 30-foot fishing boat towing smaller skiffs and prepared to board and inspect the vessels.
The suspected pirates were holding what appeared to be rocket-propelled grenade launchers, the navy said. When the suspects began shooting, naval gunners returned fire with mounted machine guns, killing one man and igniting a fire on the vessel.
Three suspects were seriously wounded and being treated on one of the Navy ships, Brown told The Associated Press. A Dutch Navy medical team was en route.
The suspects’ nationalities were unknown.
The Navy boarding teams confiscated an RPG launcher and automatic weapons, the statement said.
The Cape St. George, a guided-missile cruiser, and Gonzalez, a guided-missile destroyer, were conducting maritime security operations in the area. They are based in Norfolk, Va.
The International Maritime Organization has warned ships to stay away from the Somali coast because of pirate attacks, which surged to 35 last year from two in 2004.
On March 15, the U.N. Security Council encouraged naval forces operating off Somalia to take action against suspected piracy. Pirate attacks against aid ships have hindered U.N. efforts to provide relief to the victims of a severe drought in the area.
The pirate raids are part of the anarchy wracking Somalia, which has had no effective government since 1991, when warlords ousted a dictatorship and then turned on each other.
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03-18-2006, 06:59 PM #1
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03-18-2006, 07:27 PM #2Originally Posted by Dalmatian190
Somebody must've been chewing a hell of a lot of Khat to get that kind of nerve.Never argue with an Idiot. They drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience!
03-18-2006, 09:34 PM #3
Ya just hafta wonder about the intelligence of some folks.
I mean do you really think that you are going to get away with opening fire on a flagged vessel of any Navy in the world (with the possible exception of France )?
I am sure that some freaking twit Muslim Radical Cleric will further their cause by saying that this is more oppression and terrorism by the United States on the "Peaceful people.""Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." Will Rogers
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03-19-2006, 01:03 AM #4
In one corner we have the Somali pirates:
a 30-foot fishing boat towing smaller skiffs, armed with small arms, light automatic weapons, and rocked propelled grenades
In the other we have the USS Gonzales:
An Arleigh Burke class guided missle destroyer, 504 feet long, displacing over 8,400 tons, carrying 98 anti-ship, anti-aircraft, and tomahawk land attack missles along with a 5" rapid fire cannon and various smaller weapons.
And the USS Cape St. George:
A Ticonderoga class guided missle cruiser, 565 feet long, displacing nearly 10,000 tons, carrying 122 anti-ship, anti-aircraft, and tomahawk land attack missles along with two SH-60 helicopters, two 5" rapid fire cannon and various smaller weapons.
Sometimes you've got to wonder what people are thinking...
03-19-2006, 04:15 AM #5Sometimes you've got to wonder what people are thinking...
Lets put it this way:
You arrive on an EMS call...the victim is deceased but you try to resuscitatte him...you know that you probably wont succeed...but hey, if you do then you are better off than you were 5 minutes ago."There are only two things that i know are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And im not so sure about the former."
For all the life of me, i cant see a firefighter going to hell. At least not for very long. We would end up putting out all the fires and annoying the devil too much.
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