[h1]Marines storm ship, capture pirates [/h1]
Last updated 08:36 10/09/2010
US Marine commandos have stormed a pirate-held cargo ship off the Somalia coast, reclaiming control and taking nine prisoners without firing a shot in the first such boarding raid by the international anti-piracy flotilla, US Navy officials said.
The mission - using small craft to reach the deck of German-owned vessel as the crew huddled in a safe room below - ranks among the most dramatic high seas confrontations with pirates by the task force created to protect shipping lanes off lawless Somalia.
The crew managed to kill the engines before taking refuge in an panic room-style chamber, leaving the ship adrift and the pirates so frustrated they started damaging equipment after hijacking the vessel Wednesday, Navy officials and the ship's operator say.
Do the US Marines have Commandos??????
They were probably Seals!
More like; Blue Collar 6, Force Recon,15th Marine Exped Unit, USMC.
Last edited by saward; 13-09-2010 at 09:58.
It is interesting that despite the diet of violence that the Somalis are brought up on when it comes to it they do not seem interested in fighting for the ship at all. I dont know when this operation took place ( daylight or not ) but the Taipan op where they fast roped onto the forward containers was in broad daylight and involved an exposed walk down the main deck ....ultimate cqb lane. I suppose if they know that even if caught they are likley to be given safe passage home there is little to fight for.
On a light hearted side the bar and club where I work as a DS are having a pirate night shortly anybody available to nip this pirate thing in the bud right now ????