Pirates- Meet the US Navy

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    US Navy frigate captures 5 pirates near Seychelles - Yahoo! News

    NAIROBI, Kenya – The small gang of Somali pirates fired on an approaching ship, hoping their midnight attack would bring them millions in ransom. The ragtag bandits, though, had taken on far more than they could handle: a U.S. warship.

    The USS Nicholas, a guided missile frigate, was tracking the pirates when they opened fire early Thursday in Indian Ocean waters, the U.S. military said. The Nicholas, which saw combat in the first Gulf War, returned fire and disabled the skiff.

    Navy personnel later boarded and detained three suspects. The Americans found two more bandits on a nearby mothership and later sank the skiff.

    It was not the first attack against a Navy ship, but it underscored the fact that most pirates aren't terribly sophisticated, said Roger Middleton, a piracy expert at the British think tank Chatham House.

    "If you think of the kind of young men who are doing this, they go out into the middle of the ocean in a tiny boat. They might not always make rational decisions, and they often attack things that are bigger than they should (attack)," said Middleton.

    "It's also quite possible that they don't have a full understanding of the targets they are attacking. Perhaps they just see a big ship they think is a worth a lot of money," he said.
     
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    I can't imagine what they were thinking
     
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    hahahahaaha

    blackbeard is not amused
     
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    they probably couldn't see that it was a navy ship
     
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    perhaps this will help

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    Illiterate, impoverished teenagers with guns, in the dark.

    No nerve tissue was involved...
     
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    This ended about as good as it could. Go Navy. Its not just a job, its paint chipping. :)
     
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    I recently saw a documentary on TV that showed the US Navy's rescue of a captured ship's captain. The navy seals and snipers drilled the pirates and all ended well, for our side.

    The equipment used by the pirates doesn't seem to be intimidating but no question they have been successful in capturing ships, obtaining ransom, and scaring the pants off the ship's crews using those sea lanes.

    They continue to operate in the face of warships patrolling the area.
    (what's their philosophy, "win a few, lose a few and a few get rained out"?

    I wonder why the shipping companies or rather the insurers don't require a more active defense of their vessels?
     

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