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gf0012-aust    5/3/2009 4:45:28 PM
I thought I'd start one here to get away from the heat in the other threads on this subject
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gf0012-aust    Darwin award candidates   5/3/2009 4:47:49 PM
Compliments of auntie.  Go the French!  

French navy grabs Somali pirates

By Africa Correspondent Andrew Geoghegan

Posted 39 minutes ago

The French navy has captured 11 pirates off the coast of Somalia as part of a European Union operation to protect shipping around the Horn of Africa.

It is believed the pirates mistook a French frigate for a commercial ship and attempted to seize it about 1,000 kilometres off the Somali coast.

Two pirate assault boats approached the frigate Nivose at high speed, but they were intercepted by a French naval helicopter which fired warning shots.

The pirates have been taken in by the French for questioning.

The Nivose has succeeded in apprehending 24 suspected pirates in the past three weeks as part of a European Union operation designed to eliminate the threat piracy poses to commercial shipping off Somalia.

At least 18 commercial ships are being held for ransom by Somali pirates.

Naval forces from the United States, Europe and Asia have been deployed to protect merchant ships.

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DarthAmerica       5/10/2009 1:55:00 AM
I would have loved to see the look on their faces when they saw the Helo. Especially if they could see it coming off of the I hope they don't get let go as has been the result all too often.

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StevoJH       5/10/2009 12:19:49 PM
How do you mix up a frigate with a commercial ship?
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bartrat    Q-ship sort of   5/10/2009 1:55:38 PM
From a distance some (not all) military ships can look like a civilian ship (a new one that is).
The warship wound up being a Q-Ship.
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gf0012-aust       5/10/2009 6:46:16 PM
Plus the French driver was smart enough to turn stern on away from the sun....
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Volkodav       5/11/2009 2:23:06 AM
Q-ships would be one way to deal with the piracy problem. Has anyone though about some sort of "Sea Marshal" system, where section strength detachments of marines are randomly deployed on merchantmen travelling through that region. It could be a UN initiative with the marines being supplied from several different nations.
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gf0012-aust       5/18/2009 4:26:13 AM

Australian warships prevent pirate attack

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TWO Australian warships have rushed to the aid of a freighter under attack in the Gulf of Aden from pirates firing rocket propelled grenades and attempting to board the vessel by force.

HMAS Sydney and HMAS Ballarat responded to a distress call from the merchant vessel, MV Dubai Princess, at about 6pm (AEST) yesterday.

Upon receiving the distress call, the Sydney closed in on the merchant vessel and launched a helicopter to assess the situation, while the Ballarat went to action stations.

As the situation developed, another merchant vessel, MV MSC Stella, was also harassed by small vessels in the same area.

The head of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, said the measured response by the two Australian ships provided security to the merchant vessels and stabilised the situation.

"Sydney closed in on the merchant vessel and launched her embarked Sea Hawk helicopter to gain an appraisal of the situation," Air Chief Marshal Houston said in a statement.

"About the same time, Ballarat went to action stations and joined the response. She was instrumental in supporting MV MSC Stella."

The pirates fled the area after the two frigates and the helicopter appeared. The action is believed to have taken place about 170km south of Yemen.

"It appears the situation de-escalated once Sydney and Ballaratasserted their presence at the scene and from the reports we have, no injuries were suffered by merchant sailors."

Air Chief Marshal Houston said the situation was handled with confidence by the crews of the Sydney and Ballarat

"Their actions were swift and decisive and have contributed to international counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden," he said.

HMAS Ballarat escorted the two merchant vessels, plus six others that subsequently entered the area, to safety once the threat had eased.

HMAS Sydney remained in the area for a number of hours to report the situation to a ship from the US-led Task Force 151 which is conducting anti-piracy operations.

Sydney and Ballarat have now resumed their passage through the Gulf and will continue with their deployment program.
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Volkodav       5/19/2009 6:35:59 AM
This would be the perfect assignment for one of the RAN's proposed offshore combatants.
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Aussiegunneragain       5/19/2009 8:14:19 AM
I wonder if they would consider embarking one of the Aussie Tigers on the HMAS Sydney or one of the other FFG's in the Gulf? They have two spots and the Tiger would be a much better choice than the second Seahawk IMHO as it would be far less vulnerable during the initial armed recon and is far better armed. Would they need to make any mods to the Tigers to do this?
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gf0012-aust       5/23/2009 1:12:59 AM
they'd need to be marinised or they'd start to get a bit wobbly after a few days at sea.

as it is, the Tiger project is another red-faced problem child.   
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