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Somali pirates seize ship with 30 T72 tanks

#1
Somali pirates 'seize 30 tanks'

Pirates off the coast of Somalia have seized a Ukrainian ship carrying T-72 tanks, an official has said.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7637257.stm

Ukraine's foreign ministry said the ship had a crew of 21 and was sailing under a Belize flag to the Kenyan port of Mombasa.
A report from Russia's Interfax news agency said earlier that the ship had a cargo of about 30 tanks, as well as spare parts for armoured vehicles.
There has been a recent surge in piracy off the coast of Somalia.
The country has not had an effective national government for 17 years, leading to a collapse of law and order both on land and at sea.
Somali pirates are currently holding more than a dozen hijacked ships in the base in Eyl, a town in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland.
It was not immediately clear where the Ukrainian ship had been taken.
kin'ell :D i bet they were a jolly bunch of pirates when they saw what they had in the hold.

Andrew Mwangura, who runs the Kenya chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Programme, confirmed to the BBC that the ship was carrying a cargo of tanks.

The cargo's final destination was unclear, with reports suggesting either Kenya or South Sudan.
i think they mean to say 'for sudan, via kenya'. you know sudan, that real friendly place were they have been talking about an arms embargo?

Russia said on Friday it would start carrying out regular anti-piracy patrols in the waters off Somalia. A warship was sent to the area earlier this week.
A navy spokesman said the move was to protect Russian citizens and Russian ships.
the rooskis hate it when the hardwear dont get to the right wrong people.

Pirates have seized dozens of ships from the major shipping routes near Somalia's coast in recent months.
Senior UN officials estimate the ransoms they earn from hijacking ships exceed $100m (£54m) a year
sounds a good earner, i'm in the wrong job.

30 T72's? i wonder if they will auction them off on e-bay?
 
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I'm struggling a liitle bit.....If the crew are Ukrainian, whya re the Russian's deploying a ship to protect Russian citizens and Russian ships? Not that I'm complaining, I suspect the russians will have a robust approach to pirates sadly lacing in the RN today. I mean, can you imagine Putin letting any bunch of ragheads get away with hijacking Russian naval shipping?
 
#5
Kitmarlowe said:
I'm struggling a liitle bit.....If the crew are Ukrainian, whya re the Russian's deploying a ship to protect Russian citizens and Russian ships? Not that I'm complaining, I suspect the russians will have a robust approach to pirates sadly lacing in the RN today. I mean, can you imagine Putin letting any bunch of ragheads get away with hijacking Russian naval shipping?
Well if the Ruskies can kick off in the High Seas to protect 'Ukrainian' shipments and its/their citizens, then by that same logic and a liberal interpretation of the Code [yarr], that boat came from Belize, so they're our T72's...

Hand's off our tanks you filthy pirate scum!!!

Wake up the Septics in Diego Garcia and get them to warm up the engines.

They've got a dozen large wessels those pirates, can't be too hard to spot them from the edge of space and drop off some thermals....
 
#6
Don't worry about the tanks falling into the wrong hands. The pirates will have them stripped for parts and scrap in no time.

Never thought I'd hear myself saying this but thank god for the Russians. I can't see them giving the pirates a wide berth for fear of an asylum claim and a demand for a council house in Moscow.
 
#9
box-of-frogs said:
I saw the thread title and was surprised that pirates were using tanks to hijack ships.........................
:lol: :twisted:

heard_it_all_before said:
That's one part of the world that seriously needs a good dose of Carpet Bombing.. :!:
Good stuff. I'll get down to Great Mills now and return at 15:00 with 760 square meters of light green berber.
 
#10
This is precisely the reason that ships carrying supplies for use in Afgahnistan are escorted by NATO naval units. Imagine if terrorists had seized a vessel full of vehicles, ammunition etc...
 
#11
Ancient_Mariner said:
Don't worry about the tanks falling into the wrong hands. The pirates will have them stripped for parts and scrap in no time.

Never thought I'd hear myself saying this but thank god for the Russians. I can't see them giving the pirates a wide berth for fear of an asylum claim and a demand for a council house in Moscow.
More likely a dose of sunburn :)
 
#13
Victorian_Major said:
As if the moon-faced loons are ever even going to know how to start the things up.
Yeah, then we're talking T-72 export models, a 1970s vintage tank with all the gucci and nice bits taken out and replaced with stock the Ruskie QM wanted rid of.

These machines were designed for Western Europe, and a mechanised, well-trained army with the correct kit for maintaining them. What's the odds the engines have stock air filters instead of desert ones, that the oil is old-fashioned non-synth gunk, and that the ammo is steel practice ammo, not the proper HESH or DU penetrator stuff?

Remember, the Ruskies are flogging off surplus kit to people who, despite being friendly now might turn into enemies, or might re-export the kit (what am I saying? WILL re-export the kit for a 500% mark-up, more like) so the stuff that gets sold will be stuff that the Russian, Chinese and NATO armies can knock off in seconds if they ever decide to have pop at the place, even assuming that the pirates keep them and store and maintain them correctly instead of painting them pink and using them as pimp-mobiles.

So, for the next few months driving in down-town Mogadishu is going to be even more lethal than normal, then the local scrappies will have the mother and father of salvage jobs on their hands when the air filters clog, and the engines sieze solid.
 
#14
Doc1701 said:
Victorian_Major said:
As if the moon-faced loons are ever even going to know how to start the things up.
Yeah, then we're talking T-72 export models, a 1970s vintage tank with all the gucci and nice bits taken out and replaced with stock the Ruskie QM wanted rid of.

These machines were designed for Western Europe, and a mechanised, well-trained army with the correct kit for maintaining them. What's the odds the engines have stock air filters instead of desert ones, that the oil is old-fashioned non-synth gunk, and that the ammo is steel practice ammo, not the proper HESH or DU penetrator stuff?

Remember, the Ruskies are flogging off surplus kit to people who, despite being friendly now might turn into enemies, or might re-export the kit (what am I saying? WILL re-export the kit for a 500% mark-up, more like) so the stuff that gets sold will be stuff that the Russian, Chinese and NATO armies can knock off in seconds if they ever decide to have pop at the place, even assuming that the pirates keep them and store and maintain them correctly instead of painting them pink and using them as pimp-mobiles.

So, for the next few months driving in down-town Mogadishu is going to be even more lethal than normal, then the local scrappies will have the mother and father of salvage jobs on their hands when the air filters clog, and the engines sieze solid.
Correction, Ukrainian cargo (not Russian). Ukraine is now an independent country (supposedly).
 
#15
Kitmarlowe said:
I'm struggling a liitle bit.....If the crew are Ukrainian, whya re the Russian's deploying a ship to protect Russian citizens and Russian ships? Not that I'm complaining, I suspect the russians will have a robust approach to pirates sadly lacing in the RN today. I mean, can you imagine Putin letting any bunch of ragheads get away with hijacking Russian naval shipping?
It's just how it's mentioned in the report.

Russians had their fair share of problems with Somali pirates, I guess they had enough.
 
#16
The western world is justed a bit miffed that no respectable pirate would hijack a boat full of Abrams or C2s.. We have enough trouble keeping the damn things on the road with 'modern' logistical infrastructure and 'just in time' spares.

chief pirate: "we're here to take control of the armoured wagons on board...'
Captain of ship.'tanks...'
chief pirate: 'you're welcome....'

Like the man said, we know where these ships are....christ, we have imagry capability that can can count the spots on a chav's face from orbit. The modern world doesn't think twice about shafting their neighbours via 'failed banks etc' but can't surgically remove a group of pirates cos it might upset a third world country?????
 
#18
Forgive me, but wouldn't this kind of unpleasantness have been sorted out in years gone by, by a twelve year old Midshipman and a boat load of stout-hearted souls armed with cutlasses and muskets?.

Update to today - Junior Naval Rupe with a boat load of Booties/Matelots bent on retrieving the reputation of the Andrew.

Shoot the sh*te out of the bast*rds, then board in the smoke.

Survivors get the chance to swim home. Providing that they are respectful. And capable of 12 miles backstroke, under fire.
 
#20
It'll be absolute carnage if these things hit the street in down town mogadishu...

I mean everyone knows ethnics can't drive... it's a fact.

They'll just "pimp my panzer" like they did with these T-34's they hotwired from outside a Cafe in Dalston high road.

 

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