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US Marines have boarded and seized a vessel hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia, navy officials say.
A group of 24 marines swooped on the German-owned M/V Magellan Star and took control of the ship from nine pirates who had captured it on Wednesday.
There were no casualties during the pre-dawn raid, the US Fifth Fleet said.
Bloomberg(Updates with Gulf of Aden trade in third paragraph.)
Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Marines stormed a German-owned ship seized by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and rescued the crew, the first time an international taskforce set up in 2002 has recaptured a hijacked vessel.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by SLAYER69
The only way to stop it is to fix Somalia.
The world allowed Somalia to descend into chaos and they have no solution to fix it, and if people are starving while million dollar cargo floats slowly by, then they are going to go after it. I would.
Originally posted by poet1b
I find it hard not to sympathize with the pirates.
Why are taxpayers footing the bill to defend these ships. Can't the companies who own these ships prepare for their own defense?
Drop a care package out the back, and hit the pirates with water cannons. A 50mm machine gun from the top of one of these ships should be plenty to deter the pirates, with a burst off the bow for a warning shot. Die or take the care package consolation prize.
Today, the primary source of antipiracy law is title 18, chapter 81, of the United States Code, although numerous other antipiracy provisions are scattered throughout the code. Additionally, international cooperation has shaped a unique form of jurisdictional agreement among nations. Significant in bringing about this cooperation was the geneva convention on the High Seas of April 29, 1958 and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The primary effect of such agreements is to allow pirates to be apprehended on the high seas—meaning outside of territorial limits—by the authorities of any nation and punished under its own law. This standard is unique because nations are generally forbidden by International Law from interfering with the vessels of another nation on the high seas. It arose because piracy itself has never vanished; in fact, since the 1970s, it has appeared to have undergone a resurgence.