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    Isn't there still piracy in the South China Sea ?
    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    Dutch Navy escorting WFP ships




    SF of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps secure the direct surroundings of the Mogadishu harbour from a RHIB.
    http://www.mindef.nl








    Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS De Ruyter escorting ships for the World Food program of the coast of Somalia.


    Italian Navy destroyer MM Luigi Durand De La Penne is docked at berth number one in the port of Mombasa, Kenya, 29 October 2008. The ship is one of the seven NATO warships, patrolling Somalia to protect ships against pirates.


    A Russian missile frigate is seen at Yemen's port of Aden on 27 October 2008. The Russian warship will carry out measures to protect shipping in the coastal waters of Somalia where sea pirates are active. The Somali pirates have seized around 30 ships so far this year off the coast of the east African nation.
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    EU sending warships on anti-piracy patrol off Somalia

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union says it will send at least four warships for anti-piracy patrols off Somalia starting in December.

    An EU official says the squadron of four to six ships will be backed by patrol aircraft. The EU had announced the planned patrols last month to help police waters off Somalia, considered among the world's most dangerous amid a renewed outbreak in piracy.

    The EU force will take over next year from NATO frigates escorting vessels carrying food aid and merchant ships in the area.

    Seven NATO ships arrived in the area over the weekend.

    The EU official said Tuesday 10 nations have volunteered ships or aircraft to the EU force. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak with media.
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


    NATO TASK GROUP OF OPERATION ALLIED PROVIDER HAS BEGUN ESCORT DUTIES

    Naples, 27 October 2008 - The NATO Task Group of Operation ALLIED PROVIDER has begun escort duties and established a naval presence in the assigned operational area. The Greek Frigate HS Themistokles is currently escorting a World Food Program (WFP) chartered vessel en route from a port in Southern Africa to Somalia.

    In the past few days the Italian destroyer ITS Durand de la Penne escorted a merchant vessel chartered by the African Union (AU) while enroute to a port in Somalia. The escort was approved by the North Atlantic Council in consideration of the favorable position of the NATO ship and in the absence of concurrent escorting requirements related to the WFP food delivery. NATO has been assisting the AU Mission in Somalia since 2007 by providing airlift support.

    The third ship in the Task Group, the British frigate HMS Cumberland, has been conducting surveillance and deterrence activities.

    "I am glad this operation is off to a good start, with practical support for both the World Food Program and the African Union" said NATO Secretary General, Jaap do Hoop Scheffer. "This demonstrates the real-world value of cooperation between international organisations".

    Operation Allied Provider is conducted by a Task Group from the NATO Standing Maritime Group 2, commanded by Rear Admiral Giovanni Gumiero, Italian Navy. The mission assigned to the operation is to conduct maritime operations off the coast of Somalia in order to allow WFP to fulfil its mission of providing humanitarian aid and to help deter, defend and disrupt against pirate activities in the area of operations.

    The operation is conducted in response to the request by the United Nations Secretary General and in support of UN Security Council resolutions 1814,1816 and 1838. The NATO ability to respond to this request is a clear demonstration of Alliance flexibility, notably in the maritime field, and its ability to meet the variety of challenges posed in today's security environment.
    http://www.afsouth.nato.int/JFCN_Ope.../NR_02_08.html

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    And so it should be.

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    Danish navy stops pirates

    The Danish warship Absalon, which is part of an international effort to stop piracy off East Africa, stopped two small pirate boats yesterday and confiscated all weapons on board. The Absalon became suspicious when it saw ladders on board, of the kind used to scale ships.

    Two rubber boats were despatched to inspect the vessels while the Absalon's helicopter kept watch.

    Those on board the vessels were registered and permitted to leave in one of the boats. The other small vessel capsized in heavy weather.

    In a similar incident in September pirates were held on board the Absalon for six days, until Danish authorities concluded that they could not be brought before the courts in Denmark.

    One of the Absalon's fast pursuit boats

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    Quote Originally Posted by trellheim View Post
    Isn't there still piracy in the South China Sea ?
    Yup, straits Malacca and all around that area. Worrying especially seeing as a ridiculous percentage of wold shiping goes through that area.
    Any of the naval heads know the exact %?
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    Well they sorted out the problem of the suspects seeking asulum...

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    http://news.eircom.net/breakingnews/...?view=Standard

    Pirates seize Saudi oil tanker off east Africa
    on Mon, 17 Nov 2008 15:21:25

    Pirates have seized a Saudi-owned supertanker fully laden with oil off east Africa, capturing the biggest vessel yet in a shipping zone where Somali pirates strike almost daily, the US navy said.

    Saudi-owned television station Al Arabyia said the Sirius Starhad been freed, citing an unnamed official Saudi source, but the US navy and Saudi Aramco, which owns the supertanker, both said they had no knowledge of any release.

    The hijacking of the vessel is certain to add to pressure for concerted international action to tackle the threat posed by pirates from anarchic Somalia to one of the world's busiest shipping routes.

    "This is unprecedented. It's the largest ship that we've seen pirated," said Lieutenant Nathan Christensen, a spokesman for the US Fifth Fleet. "It's three times the size of an aircraft carrier."

    The Sirius Starheld a cargo of as much as two million barrels of oil - more than one quarter of daily Saudi Arabia's daily exports. Reports of the hijacking helped trim early losses in global crude oil prices.

    The hijacking, 450 nautical miles (830 km) southeast of Mombasa, Kenya, was in an area far beyond the Gulf of Aden, where most of the attacks on shipping have taken place and where some foreign navies have begun patrols.

    The pirates have been getting bolder.

    The Sirius Starhad been heading for the United States via the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa, skirting the continent instead of heading through the Gulf of Aden and then the Suez Canal.

    Reuters

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    Her dimensions
    length 333 m width 60 m draught 21.8 m


    tonnage 162000

    http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/...php?lid=752060
    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    2 possible outcomes.

    1. Oil prices rocket.
    2. Pirate base gets nuked.

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    That danm Jack Sparrow
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    Jaybus that's a big ship!
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    well if trellheims dimensions for this ship are correct it turns out that Lieutenant Nathan Christensen of the US navy does not know alot about the size of an aircraft carrier if he thinks this ship is 3 times the size of one!its alot heavier than a carrier but more or less the same size!

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    Ships size is usually measured in displacement. Its quite controversial when it comes to measuring "who has the largest cruise liner".

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    I know what you mean Goldie, but even by that theory he is still far off!An american super carrier which we can assume he is referring to as he is US navy, weighs 100,000 tons with its airwing embarked and all needed to support it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pilatus View Post
    I know what you mean Goldie, but even by that theory he is still far off!An american super carrier which we can assume he is referring to as he is US navy, weighs 100,000 tons with its airwing embarked and all needed to support it.
    Do you know what I mean?
    The sirius Star is carrying 318000 tonnes of crude oil..therefore?

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    :redface: ouhh!well i cant really argue with that!

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    Quick question, if the pirates kill the crew when a foriegn warship approaches and then do a runner in their own boat, does the country who takes back the tanker claim the 318,000 tonnes of oil as salvage? Its estimated that its a quarter of a days total output from Saudi Arabia!

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    readers are well advised to read Freddie Forsyth's "The Devil's Alternative" ... old but highly relevant....
    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    Nothing The Clíona, the Meabh and the Mucha couldnt sort out!

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    Hang on, does that mean that, if the NS were deployed in support of an EU operation, they'd get salvage rights over the cargo?

    I'm sure we could find a home for all that lovely crude.

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    It would make up our "virtual" oil reserves nicely I'd say.
    2m barrels at $56 per barrel...

    I wonder who owns the oil at the moment?

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    The ship was going to Texas, so keep yer eyes peeled for an American reaction.It really is time for some affirmative action, Special Forces-style.
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    The oil is probably owned by a very nervous broker sitting in Houston or London.

    And as for affirmative action, the French have a recent track record in that neck of the woods. Wouldn't bet against them.

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    http://www.independent.ie/world-news...s-1544056.html


    more of this; where the hell are the US Carriers ? Surely an E2-C or an E-3 Sentry or even a Nimrod FFS based off Diego Garcia doing AEW might be useful at this point.
    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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