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Armchair Quarterback for the Navy on Pirate Situation

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posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 01:16 PM
Ok, lets all be armchair quarterbacks and give our opinion on how we think our Country and the US Navy should approach the problem of Pirates off the coast of Somilia. I for one, think the Navy Seals should be utilized to the fullest. I also think the French should be commended for not being "wussies" in these incidents of French vessels being hijacked. Just my 2 cents..........what's yours?

posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 01:40 PM
I had a thought about the current situation where the pirates have the captain as hostage. Aren't they in a rubber life raft? If so, have someone (maybe a SEAL), swim underwater and puncture the raft. It'll sink and the weapons the pirates have will be useless. It would take some planning, but I think they could pull it off.

As for the whole pirate situation? That'll take some thought. Maybe the best approach would be to get a government in Somalia.

posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 01:53 PM
You'll never get those fast boats with large navy ships.

I could see placing a few very special pieces on ships that are also accompanied by a small group of "specialists." They go for the ride to a point past the threat, shift off, and ride the other way on another ship.

Several of these groups of "specialists" would enable one to cover the entire threat area.

Another option would be "bait" ships. Intentionally configured to draw pirates to them.

You just make sure that none of the pirates make any communication once they engage, and you make sure that there are no survivors.

When group after group simply disappear, it makes new recruits somewhat reluctant.

You have to beat them before they ever engage. Easy enough to do.

posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 02:29 PM
One large "command" ship, maybe a Cruiser or even helicopter assault ship, with a group of Destroyers and patrol boats to actually combat the pirates. Small ships are going to be key to stopping them, a carrier or large ships will be tripping all over themselves. They DO need some air support however, P-3s and an E-3 or two.

The lifeboat they're currently in is as about as far from a rubber raft as you can get. It's an enclosed boat that carries communications gear, and up to 10 days of food.

This isn't quite the same as what they're in, but it's close.

posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 03:08 PM
I was thinking if they had, had seals in the water around the "submarine like" lifeboat, when the Captain jumped, they could have snagged him, pulled him under the boat and shared oxygen while the other Seals were filling that capsule full of lead!

[edit on 4/11/2009 by PammyK]

posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 03:33 PM
One thing everyone should understand is that operating in those area is not as easy as watching a Hollywood movie. There are ROEs waiting to be followed, guidelines waiting to be exercised and orders waiting to be executed. There are a lot of holes that pirates are using that allows them to do what they do. For starters; NATO or UN will not and shall not detain anyone who does not possesses the tools necessary to conduct their piracy acts. There must be sufficient proof and physical evidence that leads to detainment and imprisonment.

With respect to the Maersk Alabama Master (or Captain), the situation got a whole lot complicated for everyone else, especially for the USA. The NAVIES operating in this areas can't simply shoot down a fast boat simply because they look like pirates, some of them are actually normal individuals like you and me making a living by fishing to feed their families.

The fact of the matter is that the world is so corrupted that every chance we get to talk about blowing them pirates out of the water, we will take it. Why? Because everyone else feels the same way or because we do not understand what is presented to us? We need to think outside the box for one minute and determine if our actions will implicate things or better our case. NAVIES aren't murderers, sailors follow orders, and governments make the decision on what needs to be done.

As far as what NAVIES should be doing? Let them keep doing what they are doing, at the end of the day if they succeed in disallowing a piracy act without killing anyone, then I believe the mission was a success.

posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 04:15 PM
I was under the impression this was the exact type of things the SEALs were designed around. One way or another, enough of these pissants making the US Navy look like fools. The United States Navy was handing it to pirates on the high seas when they were using wood and wind. Lets get to it.

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