Danish Military Kills Four Pirates in Battle in Gulf of Guinea

exspy

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Danish Military Kills Four Pirates During Gun Battle in Gulf of Guinea

"Danish military forces on a anti-piracy mission killed four pirates in a gun battle in the Gulf of Guinea this week, Denmark’s Defence Command reported.

The military forces are embarked on board the Danish frigate Esbern Snare, which is currently on a six month deployment to the Gulf of Guinea to join the international fight against piracy. The frigate, equipped with a helicopter, departed Naval Base Frederikshavn in October with approximately 175 personnel comprising the permanent crew, military police, an expanded medical team, and a detachment of naval special forces.

According to the Defence Command’s update, on Wednesday the frigate’s crew was alerted to reports of an increased risk of piracy in waters south of Nigeria and sent the ship’s Seahawk helicopter to patrol the area. Once on scene, the helicopter crew located “a fast-moving motorboat” with eight suspected pirates in an area where a number of merchant ships were located.

Eventually, Esbern Snare was close enough to send a military team in a RHIB to board the suspected pirate vessel.

“Esbern Snare called the pirates to bring them to a halt so that the Danish soldiers could get on board. When the pirates did not react, the Danish forces fired warning shots, cf. their powers. The pirates then opened fire directly on the Danish soldiers. The Danish soldiers then reacted in self-defense and responded to the fire from the pirates,” the update said.

A brief firefight ensued and resulted in five pirates being hit, four of whom died. No Danish soldiers were injured.

All eight pirates, including the deceased, were taken on board the Esbern Snare where the injured was treated for his injuries.

“The inter-ministerial working group will deal with what should happen to the pirates,” the update said.

The Gulf of Guinea continues to be a global hotspot for piracy and armed robbery against ships and crew kidnappings.

The deployment of the Esbern Snare comes after Denmark committed to sending a frigate to the region back in March following a call by Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and shipping industry groups for a more concerted international response. On average, up to 40 Danish-operating ships are operating in the region on any given day transporting around $1.5 billion in good annually.

The deployment marks the Danish first anti-piracy mission since leaving the Horn of Africa, where it was operating from 2008 to 2017."
 

philc

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All eight pirates, including the deceased, were taken on board the Esbern Snare where the injured was treated for his injuries.

“The inter-ministerial working group will deal with what should happen to the pirates,” the update said.


There is Denmark’s problem, asylum banged in straight away, silly silly move, compo claims galore, happy days.
 
Danish Military Kills Four Pirates During Gun Battle in Gulf of Guinea

"Danish military forces on a anti-piracy mission killed four pirates in a gun battle in the Gulf of Guinea this week, Denmark’s Defence Command reported.

The military forces are embarked on board the Danish frigate Esbern Snare, which is currently on a six month deployment to the Gulf of Guinea to join the international fight against piracy. The frigate, equipped with a helicopter, departed Naval Base Frederikshavn in October with approximately 175 personnel comprising the permanent crew, military police, an expanded medical team, and a detachment of naval special forces.

According to the Defence Command’s update, on Wednesday the frigate’s crew was alerted to reports of an increased risk of piracy in waters south of Nigeria and sent the ship’s Seahawk helicopter to patrol the area. Once on scene, the helicopter crew located “a fast-moving motorboat” with eight suspected pirates in an area where a number of merchant ships were located.

Eventually, Esbern Snare was close enough to send a military team in a RHIB to board the suspected pirate vessel.

“Esbern Snare called the pirates to bring them to a halt so that the Danish soldiers could get on board. When the pirates did not react, the Danish forces fired warning shots, cf. their powers. The pirates then opened fire directly on the Danish soldiers. The Danish soldiers then reacted in self-defense and responded to the fire from the pirates,” the update said.

A brief firefight ensued and resulted in five pirates being hit, four of whom died. No Danish soldiers were injured.

All eight pirates, including the deceased, were taken on board the Esbern Snare where the injured was treated for his injuries.

“The inter-ministerial working group will deal with what should happen to the pirates,” the update said.

The Gulf of Guinea continues to be a global hotspot for piracy and armed robbery against ships and crew kidnappings.

The deployment of the Esbern Snare comes after Denmark committed to sending a frigate to the region back in March following a call by Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and shipping industry groups for a more concerted international response. On average, up to 40 Danish-operating ships are operating in the region on any given day transporting around $1.5 billion in good annually.

The deployment marks the Danish first anti-piracy mission since leaving the Horn of Africa, where it was operating from 2008 to 2017."

Well done those sailors.
Returned fire and won the firefight.
 
All eight pirates, including the deceased, were taken on board the Esbern Snare where the injured was treated for his injuries.

“The inter-ministerial working group will deal with what should happen to the pirates,” the update said.


There is Denmark’s problem, asylum banged in straight away, silly silly move, compo claims galore, happy days.

Don't know if it was ever verified, but the story goes the Russian Navy caught a group of Somali pirates back in 2010. They dumped them in a dinghy miles out to sea, without water or navigation equipment. Job jobbed, back home for vodka and medals. ;)
 

RaiderBoat

War Hero
Don't know if it was ever verified, but the story goes the Russian Navy caught a group of Somali pirates back in 2010. They dumped them in a dinghy miles out to sea, without water or navigation equipment. Job jobbed, back home for vodka and medals. ;)
Even if not true, great Sea Story to spread around…
 
So,
The descendants of raiding longboats full of rapey thieving axe wielding gangs fill a load of raiding rapey gun toting gangs with brass.
Excellent.
 
... There is Denmark’s problem, asylum banged in straight away, silly silly move, compo claims galore, happy days.
Any legal or factual basis for that claim? Are you perhaps under the impression that Denmark has no legitimate national interest in piracy in those waters, or experience dealing with maritime piracy?
 
I think the Danes did have a major trading interest in those parts...

Maybe someone should check what happens to the pirates? And anyone else nearby?

 
All eight pirates, including the deceased, were taken on board the Esbern Snare where the injured was treated for his injuries.

“The inter-ministerial working group will deal with what should happen to the pirates,” the update said.


There is Denmark’s problem, asylum banged in straight away, silly silly move, compo claims galore, happy days.

All eight should have been dispatched to David Jones' locker toute suite.
 

endure

GCM
I think the Danes did have a major trading interest in those parts...

Maybe someone should check what happens to the pirates? And anyone else nearby?

Maersk Moller have the largest merchant fleet in the world...
 

NSP

LE
All eight pirates, including the deceased, were taken on board the Esbern Snare where the injured was treated for his injuries.

“The inter-ministerial working group will deal with what should happen to the pirates,” the update said.


There is Denmark’s problem, asylum banged in straight away, silly silly move, compo claims galore, happy days.
As I said the other say on another thread, when a boatload of 'fugees pulled alongside us they were kept in their RHIB until Tunisian CG rocked up to collect them. Our old man was well aware, and indeed had been briefed against it through the company from a governmental level, that if they touched the deck of our Dutch-flagged bucket then they'd be able to claim asylum in Holland.
 

NSP

LE
Maersk Moller have the largest merchant fleet in the world...
The power of Maersk is not to be underestimated. Was on the Maersk Assister a few years back and got chatting with the old man on a weathered-in afternoon. Things got around to the usual EU/politics shite and he started telling us about how the Danish revenue had told Maersk that they wanted to come in and inspect the books. The headshed said, "If you come near us we'll dissolve the company, lay everyone off and relocate to Norway; rehire from their talent pool."

The Danish taxmen had a quick conflab, considered the implications, and said, "Right you are, boss," then crawled back under their rock.

Seems that 75% of the Danish workforce relies on Maersk for their job, one way or the other - directly, indirectly; you name it.
 
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