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Count Zarth
11-12-2005, 04:16 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/11/12/pirate.mothership/index.html

CNN) -- 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.

A crew of more than 10 people, including a captain and engineer, are believed to be on the ship. The crew is believed to be well-organized, Mwangura said.

"We are trying to call up the coalition forces to track the vessel and to get pictures of the mother ship," he said.

Earlier this week, the director of the International Maritime Bureau, appealed to vessels off the Somali coasts to come to the aid of ships under attack in a statement citing an "alarming rise" in the number of piracy attacks in the area.

"At the very least," said Capt. Pottengal Mukundan, IMB director, "they can prevent the hijackers from taking these ships into Somali waters. Once the vessels have entered these waters, the chances of any law enforcement is negligible."

Twenty-five pirate attacks have been reported in the past six months, the statement said. "In one incident, a ship was lured into danger by pirates firing bogus distress flares."

In the attempted cruise liner attack, pirates were in two boats and armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, Deborah Natansohn, president of Seabourn Cruise Lines, told CNN at the time. (Watch passengers recall their encounter with ocean marauders -- 2:34)

The northern and southern coastline of Somalia -- Africa's longest -- links trade routes for key commodities like oil, grains and iron ore from the Gulf and Red Sea region down to the Mozambique Channel. Thousands of merchant ships snake down the Somali coast to the Cape of Good Hope every year.

Some of the world's leading shipping bodies called on the U.N. to urgently address the issue.

The piracy watchdog has warned merchant ships to stay at least 200 nautical miles away from the Somali coast -- an admonition that has gone unheeded.

After two years of relative calm, 32 pirate attacks have been recorded since mid-March, including raids on ships carrying supplies for the U.N. World Food Program.

Somalia has been ruled by rival warlords since dictator Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991. Many of the warlords are believed to run gangs who smuggle drugs, weapons and people by road, sea and air around the region.

Piracy is a lucrative and growing offshoot of this trade.

On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council criticized Somalia's squabbling government and urged rival factions to work to confront the chaos and piracy plaguing the lawless nation.

The council expressed "serious concern" about the recent wave of pirate attacks off the coast, and urged regional powers and international bodies to address the problem urgently.

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dtebbe
11-12-2005, 04:55 PM
Sounds like a nice "training" misson for one of our fast-attack subs. Those bastards would never know what hit em'....

DT

Dunit35
11-12-2005, 04:56 PM
Its that d*mn movie Pirates of the Carribean that is doing it. Except its in updated version with machine guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers.

Rain Man
11-12-2005, 06:01 PM
Along the lines of dtebbe's statement, it seems like the Navy would find this ship's location via satellite and just casually mention it to one of the destroyers or cruisers en route to the Persian Gulf. I'll bet no one would miss them.

Phobia
11-12-2005, 06:04 PM
I'm going to be incredibly disappointed if they don't say "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR" upon boarding.

Frazod
11-12-2005, 06:06 PM
Damn, and I was so looking forward to taking the Princess cruise to Somalia. I hear it's lovely this time of year.

Rain Man
11-12-2005, 07:00 PM
Damn, and I was so looking forward to taking the Princess cruise to Somalia. I hear it's lovely this time of year.

I bet they don't charge sales taxes there when you buy beads and stuff.

Ultra Peanut
11-12-2005, 08:28 PM
But... it's not September 19th!

go bowe
11-12-2005, 08:42 PM
Along the lines of dtebbe's statement, it seems like the Navy would find this ship's location via satellite and just casually mention it to one of the destroyers or cruisers en route to the Persian Gulf. I'll bet no one would miss them.that's right...

live action training is very beneficial for a destroyer crew...

even a frigate would be sufficient...

perhaps one aircraft with a precision bomb would be more efficient...

i hope they get some good "gun camera" footage from that one...

Bowser
11-12-2005, 08:48 PM
We should just send down the Monty Python foot on them.

HolmeZz
11-12-2005, 08:58 PM
Didn't know there were real live pirates.

tk13
11-12-2005, 09:02 PM
Didn't know there were real live pirates.
You've obviously never been to Long John Silvers.

go bowe
11-12-2005, 09:02 PM
Didn't know there were real live pirates oh yeah...

se asia, indian ocean, detroit...

4th and Long
11-12-2005, 09:03 PM
oh yeah...

se asia, indian ocean, detroit...
You left out Pittsburgh.

leviw
11-12-2005, 09:03 PM
oh yeah...

se asia, indian ocean, detroit...

Detroit=Tigers
Pittsburgh=Pirates

4th and Long
11-12-2005, 09:04 PM
Detroit=Tigers
Pittsburgh=Pirates
Maybe they were Tiger Pirates? Or Pirate Tigers? Or something ...

go bowe
11-12-2005, 09:04 PM
You left out Pittsburgh.pittsburgh, pittsburgh...

crap, i said detroit when i should have meant pisstburgh...

4th and Long
11-12-2005, 09:05 PM
pittsburgh, pittsburgh...

crap, i said detroit when i should have meant pisstburgh...
Someones been into the cough syrup again.

go bowe
11-12-2005, 09:05 PM
Detroit=Tigers
Pittsburgh=Piratesyeah, that's what i meant...

tiger pirates... :p :p :p

go bowe
11-12-2005, 09:06 PM
Maybe they were Tiger Pirates? Or Pirate Tigers? Or something ...dammit, beat me to it... :D :D :D

4th and Long
11-12-2005, 09:07 PM
dammit, beat me to it... :D :D :D
Sorry old timer. I'll try and type ... s - l - o - w - e - r . :D :D :D

Ultra Peanut
11-12-2005, 09:08 PM
Tiger Pirate Ghost Ninjas.

go bowe
11-12-2005, 09:09 PM
Someones been into the cough syrup again.o man....

back in the day (waaaay back in the day), robitusin was rockin'...

it actually had good drugs in it (mostly codeine iirc)...

you could split a standard size bottle with a couple of normal sized teens, or two my size...

ahhh, those were the days...

now it's just a little herbal remedy from time to time (*cough*) with the occasional drink, or several...

leviw
11-12-2005, 09:17 PM
o man....

back in the day (waaaay back in the day), robitusin was rockin'...

it actually had good drugs in it (mostly codeine iirc)...

you could split a standard size bottle with a couple of normal sized teens, or two my size...

ahhh, those were the days...

now it's just a little herbal remedy from time to time (*cough*) with the occasional drink, or several...

So you're normal sized, right?

go bowe
11-12-2005, 09:18 PM
Tiger Pirate Ghost Ninjas.yikes...

now i don't want to float my plastic boat in the tub tonight...

i'm too worried about pirates! :eek: :eek: :eek:

go bowe
11-12-2005, 09:23 PM
So you're normal sized, right?i know there's a joke in there somewhere, but all this thinking about cough syrup in the old days has clouded my sensorium and dulled my rapier wit...

rapier...

odd sounding name for a little thin sword, isn't it?

like a little needle thing like that could actually rape someone... :shake:

and no, i'm not normal sized, i've always been on the large side (6'2" and 200 lbs. at age 16)...

nowadays i'm on the very large side, 5X to be more precise (being precise is somewhat difficult right now for some reason... :p :p :p )

KcMizzou
11-12-2005, 09:24 PM
Tiger Pirate Ghost Ninjas.Zoinks!

go bowe
11-12-2005, 09:25 PM
why does rum and coke start to taste really really good after the third one in ten minutes??

you know, when you start having a splash of coke to go with your ice and rum (in a regular size glass)?

the stronger the drinks get, the better they taste...

mmmmmm...

i wonder why that is...

4th and Long
11-12-2005, 09:26 PM
why does rum and coke start to taste really really good after the third one in ten minutes??

you know, when you start having a splash of coke to go with your ice and rum (in a regular size glass)?

the stronger the drinks get, the better they taste...

mmmmmm...

i wonder why that is...
Might it have something to do with your home herbal remedies messing with your taste buds?

dtebbe
11-12-2005, 10:24 PM
Detroit=Tigers
Pittsburgh=Pirates

Atlanta=Ass Pirates aka. turd burglers

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

DT

go bowe
11-12-2005, 10:32 PM
So you're normal sized, right?well, no... :D :D :D

go bowe
11-12-2005, 10:34 PM
Might it have something to do with your home herbal remedies messing with your taste buds?no, no, owe contrayer, moan amy...

not messing, *breathlessly spoken* "enhancing" *knowing grin*... :Peace: :Peace: :Peace:

kregger
11-12-2005, 11:37 PM
We should just send down the Monty Python foot on them.
Better yet, the killer rabbit from Holy Grail :#

kregger
11-12-2005, 11:40 PM
why does rum and coke start to taste really really good after the third one in ten minutes??

you know, when you start having a splash of coke to go with your ice and rum (in a regular size glass)?

the stronger the drinks get, the better they taste...

mmmmmm...

i wonder why that is...

That's because rum is the official drink of the Pirates

chefsos
11-13-2005, 12:01 AM
That's because rum is the official drink of the Pirates
Nice segue. Seems there are several drinking threads in progress that didn't start out that way. Popular subject. Who knew?

I read somewhere that the captain of the cruise ship was looking to go PT 109 on those pirates' collective ass, but missed. Woulda made the story real cool.

Braincase
11-13-2005, 05:30 AM
AVAST YE HARDIES!

And isn't a Buccaneer a Pirate, too?

BigOlChiefsfan
11-13-2005, 08:13 AM
Buccaneer is piracy if you're buying corn.

Simplex3
11-13-2005, 08:23 AM
Along the lines of dtebbe's statement, it seems like the Navy would find this ship's location via satellite and just casually mention it to one of the destroyers or cruisers en route to the Persian Gulf. I'll bet no one would miss them.
CNN would. Just wait, the day we sink that ship we'll find out it was a wedding cruise at 3am with guns.

Simplex3
11-13-2005, 08:24 AM
I'm going to be incredibly disappointed if they don't say "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR" upon boarding.
They're much more likely to say "Praise Allah!".

Phobia
11-13-2005, 08:36 AM
They're much more likely to say "Praise Allah!".

Thank you for ruining my day.

Simplex3
11-13-2005, 08:38 AM
Thank you for ruining my day.
Maybe they say "AAAaaarrgh, praise Allah.". :shrug:

CHIEF4EVER
11-13-2005, 08:56 AM
Damn, and I was so looking forward to taking the Princess cruise to Somalia. I hear it's lovely this time of year.

Something tells me they would take one look at you and go find easier pickins...........ROFL

CHIEF4EVER
11-13-2005, 08:58 AM
I heard they dispatched a French Battleship but they surrendered upon arrival.

T-post Tom
11-13-2005, 10:17 AM
This photo was just released by the AP. They're shipping him to Gitmo for questioning...