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US cargo ship highjacked of the coast of Somolia

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posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 11:19 AM

Watching this unfold on fox news. They are now reporting that the crew has retaken the vessel, capturing at least 1 pirate.

This is the first time an American ship has been taken hostage in over 200 years. Leave it to an American crew to kick ass and teach those pirate scum a lesson. Good for them.

posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 12:35 PM
Somebody didn't look at the flag on that ship. "The United States does not negotiate with terrorists." Which is probably what the sailors said...
"Washington isn't gonna do anything, they don't negotiate."
"So what do we do?"
"What the heck, let's get 'em. What do we have to lose?"
Then someone got edgy and screamed, "Remember Flight 93!!! Let's Roll!!!"

Next thing you know, they have regained control of the ship.

posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 12:44 PM
As a matter of fact the crew DID retake the ship. ALL American crews that carry cargo for the US Navy are required to be trained in security procedures, including small arms training. They retook the ship, the crew is safe, and they have one pirate that they are holding prisoner on board.

posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 12:57 PM
Yeah, the CEO of the ship owners said they took it over earlier. He also stated that the crews are NOT armed but they DO have ways of retaliation. As a fellow American I say good job to the crew. Some of us WILL NOT BE PUSHED AROUND. Give 'em the business and fly the flag proud as you sail on.

posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 01:11 PM

Originally posted by Zaphod58
As a matter of fact the crew DID retake the ship.

Well the captain is still being held hostage...

WASHINGTON (AP) - A crew member on the vessel hijacked by pirates is telling The Associated Press that the ship's captain is still being held hostage. The American says negotiations are under way for his release.

The AP called the ship's satellite phone. The man who answered it said the 20-member crew had been taken hostage but managed to seize one pirate and then successfully negotiate their own release.

But the other 19 seemed to of used a combo of negioation and a can of whoop ass...

posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 01:21 PM
There are no negotiations in this case.
They board with force and likewise, force is required to retake the vessel.

Negotitations for ransom take place after the vessel is secured and/or moved within a closer proximity of pirate havens, etc.

posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 01:28 PM
reply to post by Now_Then

There are only 4 pirates. Give the crew enough time, and the other three will be in custody or overboard.

posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 03:01 PM
If the ship was able to track the boat that brought them or the area(port) it came from or large ship, it needs to be sunk or destroyed.

Very simple to deal with pirates:
Sink their ship.
kill their crew
No if's, ands or buts.
all ships sunk and people killed.

Lets just see how long that would last.

Why don't we have some fast destroyers or similar sized ships in that immediate area.
Why don't we have "FULL" radar of that part of the ocean and track "ALL" boats/ships.
In this manner, even if they leave before a navy ship arrives, they can be tracked down and sunk.

End of Problem,Period!

posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 03:04 PM
reply to post by Nicademus

I would like to get a job doing shipboard security/defending vessels against pirates.

posted on Apr, 9 2009 @ 12:09 AM
I wonder what the reaction of the pirates was when they realized they were boned? I would have loved to have seen the looks on their faces.

And when the Navy P-3 flew over the life boat they are in, they must have realized it's game over. I wonder if the captain took control of the vessel after that event.

[edit on 9-4-2009 by crisko]

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