Monday, March 20, 2006

Pirates Take on US Navy, and Lose

Cruiser Fires on Pirate Vessel. I missed this story yesterday, and heard about on a radio talk show while having lunch today.

It appears that the US Navy and several other navies are operating off the coast of Somalia in order to reduce pirate attacks.

The two US ships attached to the international task force are the USS Cape St. George (CG 71), a guided-missile cruiser, and the USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), a guided-missile destroyer.
As Gonzalez’s boarding teams prepared to conduct a routine boarding of the suspect vessel, the two Norfolk, Va.-based Navy ships noticed the group of suspected pirates were brandishing what appeared to be rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers.

The suspected pirates then opened fire on the Navy ships. Cape St. George and Gonzalez returned fire with small arms in self-defense.
One pirate is dead, 5 were injured. A total of 12 are in custody. No US service personnel were injured.

Of course as Forbes.com reports, the Somali Militiamen Deny Shooting First. Naturally they were minding their own business. Of course they weren't pirates. They were
had been patrolling Somali waters to stop illegal fishing.
Right. The fact that the coast of Somalia is one of the worst places in the world for piracy today, is just coincidence. And they are much more believable than the US Navy. Right.

Just so you know what type of people we are dealing with, the militia these men are a part of issued the followng statement:
Geraad Mohamud, from the same militia group, said they would kill any hostage they capture and would attack any ship unlawfully plying Somali waters unless their men were released.
They will kill hostages, but they didn't open fire first. They will open fire on anyone they please, but they didn't open fire first. Right.

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