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Somali pirates hijack ship; 20 Americans aboard

Somali pirates hijack ship; 20 Americans aboard



NAIROBI, Kenya – Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship with 20 American crew members onboard, hundreds of miles from the nearest American military vessel in some of the most dangerous waters in the world.

The 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was carrying emergency relief to Mombasa, Kenya, when it was hijacked, said Peter Beck-Bang, spokesman for the Copenhagen-based container shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk. It was the sixth ship seized within a week, a rise that analysts attribute to a new strategy by Somali pirates who are operating far from the warships patrolling the Gulf of Aden.

The company confirmed that the U.S.-flagged vessel has 20 U.S. nationals onboard.

Cmdr. Jane Campbell, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said that it was the first pirate attack "involving U.S. nationals and a U.S.-flagged vessel in recent memory." She did not give an exact timeframe.

When asked how the U.S. Navy plans to deal with the hijacking, Campbell said: "It's fair to say we are closely monitoring the situation, but we will not discuss nor speculate on current and future military operations."

It was not clear whether the pirates knew they were hijacking a ship with American crew.

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I'm getting pretty sick and tired of these damn pirates... I think we should spend a few of our hard-earned tax dollars and send a cruiser or two, with AC110 gunship support in and clean these scum out... A bit of napalm would do them a world of good.

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In order to suck in as many of these scum as possible, ships should each secretly have on board, a small military unit (from each flag country) in disguise (or a paramilitary unit.)

So, the pirates don't get scared off and hide from blatant military ships/teams; their intentions are clear in coming up to a ship; and the military doesn't have to hunt down essentially, civilians (who can hide amongst non-pirates fairly easily).

When approached and intentions are clear, these hidden units can defend with prejudice.

This would do a couple things...quickly weed out a number of these pirates, and act as a deterrent.

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hmmm...a new War on pirates to begin. can throw in the cyber ones too while were at it. Winner? mexico and higher taxes
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In order to suck in as many of these scum as possible, ships should each secretly have on board, a small military unit (from each flag country) in disguise (or a paramilitary unit.)

So, the pirates don't get scared off and hide from blatant military ships/teams; their intentions are clear in coming up to a ship; and the military doesn't have to hunt down essentially, civilians (who can hide amongst non-pirates fairly easily).

When approached and intentions are clear, these hidden units can defend with prejudice.

This would do a couple things...quickly weed out a number of these pirates, and act as a deterrent.
Love the idea. I am still surprised that so many ships travel through that area without reasonable protection. Compared to loosing a boat or crew, hiring a few mercenaries with guns and RPG's seems pretty easy for a big ship and shipping company. I am not advocating violence, and am not a "gun freak" but this is not a reasonable, rational group of people with a long history of civility we are talking about. A few RPG's up the "bow" would make them think a little more closely about their livelihood....

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News is reporting that the American crew has regained control of the ship.

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A simple solution would be to allow U.S. Merchant ships to arm themselves, a couple of 40 mm cannon and a few .50 machine guns would be plenty of fire power to defend themselves from those clowns.

I also like the Spectre/napalm idea too!
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A simple solution would be to allow U.S. Merchant ships to arm themselves, a couple of 40 mm cannon and a few .50 machine guns would be plenty of fire power to defend themselves from those clowns.
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American crew members aboard a U.S.-flagged ship have regained control of the vessel hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia Wednesday, FOX News confirms.
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Any details of how much power-washing the decks the phrase "regained control" means?

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