Marines recapture a vessel seized by Somali Pirates

#1
BBC News - US Marines capture ship hijacked by pirates off Somalia

Something tells me these fucktards are in the wrong line of work. :-D

The hijack began on Wednesday when pirates boarded the 8,000-tonne container ship, which flies the flag of Antigua.
But after searching the vessel for three hours, they were unable to locate the crew, according to the ship's German owners, Quadrant.
The pirates then phoned the shipping company in Hamburg to ask where the crew were hidden.
"They were told the crew was on holiday," said spokesman Juergen Salamon.
"They then asked how to switch the engines back on, but were told they were broken."
The 11-man crew, comprising two Russians, two Poles, and seven Filipinos, spent the time hidden away in a small, cramped safe room whose entrance was not immediately obvious, Mr Salamon said.
 
#2
crews on hoilday classic.
crew safe in safe room no hostages letting uncle sams misguided children do what they do best
 
#6
If you will forgive me for a moment I will express my pride in my old unit that apparently conducted the take-down. However, THEY really do need to get some of those little automatic black bars from THEM that cover their eyes whenever a camera is pointed in their direction.:)



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Semper Fi Marines!

P.S. I thought we had some hefty lads in my day but look at the fellow on the far left and the 3rd from the right. Geez.
 
#7
JJH,

Why would they need the little black strips. They all have issue oakleys for just such a purpose but some of them forgot to wear them. Its not the equipment, its the user!

I suspect a few of them may have failed to make the draft for pro-football and chose the patriotic alternative!
 
#8
Well done them lads !!

But they did drop the ball by taking prisoners. Better to shoot them or see how well they can swim. Probably swim like 'Eric the Eel' !

D_B
 
#9
That bloke third from right looks just like an American Captain I served with who was training for Ranger School. Cant be him though because that lot are USMC. I guess its true all foriegners really do look the same!

By the way, in case anyone construes my comments as negative, GOOD JOB WELL DONE to the USMC!
 
#11
BZ USS Dubuque and the USMC. I'd loved to have seen the expressions on the faces of those drugged-up pirates when they realised they had no human shields to hide behind as that lovely grey warship hove over the horizon.

As I've posted elsewhere, the LPD USS Dubuque belongs to the US Fifth Fleet. The Fifth Fleet's Deputy Cdr Combined Maritime Forces is Cdre Tim Fraser RN who is also the UK Maritime Component Commander (UKMCC). Here's a photo showing the UKMCC staff at CENTCOM HQ in Bahrain (lots of 'dessies' but not a pongo among them):


 
#12
Now now. the USMC and USN shouldn't be fingered for crimes the US Army commit.

Is that an intentional pun? If it is, I saw what you did there.;


edited to add; Well done the USN and the USMC.
 
#13
Finally someones showing some comitment! It's convenient off course that there were effectively no hostages, but nonetheless. Well done USMC and USN.

Perhaps not shooting the pirates is actually quite smart: Now the pirates, when they're released will tell the story ashore: Some huge Marines looking like well armed American Football players stormed the ship and kicked us off!
Remember there are few Somali pirates who get to see the Nine o' clock News. They need word of mouth.
 

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#14
The key to this is that the original crew had managed to lock themselves away into a safe compartment. That's what gives friendly forces freedom of action. If the crew don't achieve this they become hostages and human shields and offensive action of any sort is instantly off the menu.
 
#16
Well done the US Marines/Navy. Now shoot your prisoners and take the rest of the day off.
Yes, well done but they should have done more to satisfy the tree huggers, providing the local aquatic life, sharks etc, with some minced pirates would have been the "green" solution, it would also help with the overpopulation in Africa as well :)
 
#18
BZ USS Dubuque and the USMC. I'd loved to have seen the expressions on the faces of those drugged-up pirates when they realised they had no human shields to hide behind as that lovely grey warship hove over the horizon.

As I've posted elsewhere, the LPD USS Dubuque belongs to the US Fifth Fleet. The Fifth Fleet's Deputy Cdr Combined Maritime Forces is Cdre Tim Fraser RN who is also the UK Maritime Component Commander (UKMCC). Here's a photo showing the UKMCC staff at CENTCOM HQ in Bahrain (lots of 'dessies' but not a pongo among them):


Is the one fifth from the right the new matelot uniform?
 
#19
I was glad to see on the BBC world news this morning that it's not just British units who have their names totally fecked up by news reporters.....

According to the BBC, USMC stands for "United States Marine Commandos".

I suppose this is too go along with Britains elite "Royal Marine Corps", "the paratroop regiment" and "Royal Anglican Regiment". :-x


Well done the yanks though. ^^
 

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