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WAR: Pirate Mother Ship Spotted

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posted on Nov, 12 2005 @ 12:04 PM
Pirate attacks off Somalia's coast are being organized from command vessels also known as "mother ships". Speedboats are being launched from these ships that are prowling the routes of the Indian Ocean. Since pirate attacks are on the rise, the world's leading shipping bodies have called on the U.N. to urgently address the issue.
Officials are searching for a "mother ship" believed to be used to launch high-speed boats for several recent pirate attacks off Somalia.

Since November 5, when pirates tried unsuccessfully to attack a 440-foot cruise liner operated by Seabourn Cruise Lines, at least five other attacks have taken place, most of them northeast of Somalia, said Andrew Mwangura, program coordinator at the Kenyan Seafarer's Association.

Overall, he said, seven ships and crews have been taken into captivity in that section of the Indian Ocean.

Fishermen in the area spotted a "pirate mother ship" drifting off the Somali coast in July, on November 5 and earlier this week, Mwangura said. Only one mother ship has been spotted, but there may be more in existence. Officials think the smaller boats used in attacks are launched from the mother ship, he said.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Wondering why coalition forces have not hunted these pirates down, seized their ships and/or torpedoed them by now? Are pirates good for the shipping insurance business? Something is funny to let these rogue mercenaries sail the high seas for this long.

In this photo taken by a British passenger aboard The Seabourn Spirit, gunmen carry weapons as they travel along side the cruise ship Saturday Nov. 5, 2005. The Seabourn Spirit was about 100 miles (161 kilometers) off the coast of Somalia Saturday when pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns as they tried to get onboard.

Related News Links:

Pirate hunter: Take me to the mothership -CNN
'Mother ship' behind pirate raids -BBC

[edit on 12-11-2005 by Regenmacher]

posted on Nov, 12 2005 @ 12:57 PM
I hate to say it, but a better way to capture a cruise ship would be from the inside--stowaways boarding at a tourist stop. Then with the attackers pulling along side to board at a pre-arranged time, after some hostages have been taken.

How was the Achilles Laurel boarded, anyone know?

Do you think the 'pirates' are economic or political attacks? Terrorists or oppressed people taking to theivery for a living?

Wouldn't catch me on a cruise liner. But then, I get sea sick anyways.

posted on Nov, 12 2005 @ 01:42 PM
They would have to take it at gunpoint at a tourist stop also. Ive only been on one cruise but it was the disney. There was only one place to enter and leave the ship and you had to have 2 forms of picture id and ur ticket to get on/off the ship at tourist stops. just thought id add that little tidbit for ya.

posted on Nov, 13 2005 @ 11:19 PM
This would be a good op for a submarine and special teams trained to operate out of submarines.

To take out the mother ship. Once the ship is clearly identified then taken out ..either by submarine or teams operating from this boat. The message would get around quickly that nations will not brook such inteference from such teams or pirates operating on the high matter under who's auspicies they are operating. Nothing said ..nothing day the pirates are there the next day the mother ships and pirates are not there. Keep it simple stupid.!!


posted on Nov, 13 2005 @ 11:27 PM
Nothing will be done untill a tragedy occurs and the bottom line is affected. People will have to die, revenues will have to drop and then the big guns will be brought in.

[edit on 13-11-2005 by deevee]

posted on Nov, 13 2005 @ 11:30 PM
While I agree that having a sub do the job would be ideal. This type of action needs to be brutal and public. Nothing like sending a message by having a SAS or Delta / Seal team board her and wreak havoc.

posted on Nov, 13 2005 @ 11:39 PM

Is one of those pirates armed with a big pointy stick??

The others seem pretty well armed though, I wonder if the mother ships carry some kind of ship mounted weapons, or if it's just guys leaning over the side with RPGs

posted on Nov, 14 2005 @ 10:01 AM
Pirate Havens Interactive Map

Danger Adrift - ABC News
Modern-Day Pirates Threaten More Than the High Seas Open this

"Most efforts to control piracy is Band-Aid stuff," said Burnett. He and others hope that the IMB, along with the United Nation's International Maritime Organization, can convince the United Nations Security Council to take action.

Horror on the High Seas - Time magazine
Modern-day pirates brazenly attack a cruise ship. What happens if they join forces with terrorists?

The International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Center estimates that in Somali waters alone, attacks have risen from 2 in 2004 to 32 so far this year.

African businesses hit hard - USA Today
Tourists scared off by pirates

The absence of a police force, navy and coast guard has allowed pirates along the Somali coast to prosper, according to a report published last week by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

In this photo taken by a British passenger aboard The Seabourn Spirit, damage is seen aboard the cruise ship which came under attack Saturday Nov. 5, 2005. The Seabourn Spirit was about 100 miles (161 kilometers) off the coast of Somalia Saturday when pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns as they tried to get onboard.

This photo provided by ABC News purports to show an unexploded rocket-propelled grenade on the deck of the cruise liner Seabourne Spirit after an attack by pirates. The Seabourn Spirit had been bound for Mombasa, Kenya, when it was attacked by pirates armed with grenade launchers and machine guns on Saturday Nov. 5, 2005 about 100 miles off Somalia's lawless coast. The ship escaped by shifting to high speed and changing course.

How about anti-pirate task force?

[edit on 14-11-2005 by Regenmacher]

posted on Nov, 14 2005 @ 10:22 AM
operative word..after clearly marking the mother ship is Harpoon/MK 48. Some of you know from whence I speak.
Submarines have video recorders built into certain thier periscopes in addition to recording sonar signatures. This message can be made public quite readily.
The bottom line is that this is very bad for insurance companys and confidence in traveling the sea lanes....for any cargo.


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