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Count Alex's Losses
11-25-2005, 10:31 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4471536.stm

US firm to fight Somali pirates

A US company has been given a two-year contract to help fight piracy off the Somalia coast - seen as among the world's most
dangerous waters.

The $50m contract has been awarded by Somalia's transitional government.

Topcat Marine Security will target the "mother ship" launching pirate ships from the open sea, said the firm's Peter Casini.

Earlier this month, pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades at a US-based luxury cruise liner.

There have been 32 pirate attacks off the Somali coast since March this year, according to the International Maritime Board.

Government dismayed

"The agreement signed today will defend Somalia's territorial waters, defeat the pirates and put an end to the illegal fishing and poaching of our precious natural marine resources," Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi said.

"The government wishes to express its dismay at these abhorrent actions."

Under the deal, Topcat will supply all the necessary equipment and training to help Somalia's coastguard and special forces monitor the coastline.

The firm is also expected to help the Somali government set up five naval bases.

"We will end the piracy very quickly, there is no question about that," said Mr Casini.

"There is a ship that is launching small ships 75 to 100 miles from the shore, our goal is to take the mother ship."

listopencil
11-25-2005, 10:41 PM
Nice. Burn those ****ers.

Rain Man
11-25-2005, 10:41 PM
That would be a very cool contract to win.

Next time one of these comes up, let's form a consortium and submit a bid. Even aside from getting paid by the government, you could make a fortune off the webcast and off of endorsements if you played your cards right.

listopencil
11-25-2005, 10:45 PM
The one thing that worries me is that this could lead to yet another increase in global warming as the pirate population continues to decline.


http://www.venganza.org/piratesarecool4.jpg

Mr. Kotter
11-25-2005, 10:51 PM
That would be a very cool contract to win.

Next time one of these comes up, let's form a consortium and submit a bid. Even aside from getting paid by the government, you could make a fortune off the webcast and off of endorsements if you played your cards right.

A fringe benefit is you might actually get to meet Talisman too.

Frazod
11-25-2005, 10:52 PM
Sure wish the Iraq thing was being run that way.

Phobia
11-25-2005, 10:55 PM
"The agreement signed today will defend Somalia's territorial waters, defeat the pirates and put an end to the illegal fishing and poaching of our precious natural marine resources," Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi said.


Moments later he responded to reporter's question by exclaiming, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

sedated
11-25-2005, 11:00 PM
That story read like stereo instructions.

Big words? Countries I've never heard of? What's going on? I thought pirates only lived in my bathtub.

BigRedChief
11-26-2005, 12:23 AM
The one thing that worries me is that this could lead to yet another increase in global warming as the pirate population continues to decline.


http://www.venganza.org/piratesarecool4.jpg They got to make a living also.