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    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The U.S. Navy boarded an apparent pirate ship in the Indian Ocean and detained 26 men for questioning, the Navy said Sunday. The 16 Indians and 10 Somali men were aboard a traditional dhow that was chased and seized Saturday by the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill, said Lt. Leslie Hull-Ryde of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain.

    The dhow stopped fleeing after the Churchill twice fired warning shots during the chase, which ended 87 kilometers (54 miles) off the coast of Somalia, the Navy said. U.S. sailors boarded the dhow and seized a cache of small arms.

    The dhow's crew and passengers were being questioned Sunday aboard the Churchill to determine which were pirates and which were legitimate crew members, Hull-Ryde said.

    Sailors aboard the dhow told Navy investigators that pirates hijacked the vessel six days ago near Mogadishu and thereafter used it to stage pirate attacks on merchant ships.

    The Churchill is part of a multinational task force patrolling the western Indian Ocean and Horn of Africa region to thwart terrorist activity and other lawlessness during the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

    The Navy said it captured the dhow in response to a report from the International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur on Friday that said pirates had fired on the MV Delta Ranger, a Bahamian-flagged bulk carrier that was passing some 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the central eastern coast of Somalia.

    Hull-Ryde said the Navy was still investigating the incident and would discuss with international authorities what to do with the detained men.

    "The disposition of people and vessels involved in acts of piracy on the high seas are based on a variety of factors, including the offense, the flags of the vessels, the nationalities of the crew, and others," Hull-Ryde said in an e-mail.

    Piracy is rampant off the coast of Somalia, which is torn by renewed clashes between militias fighting over control of the troubled African country. Many shipping companies resort to paying ransoms, saying they have few alternatives.

    Last month, Somali militiamen finally relinquished a merchant ship hijacked in October.

    In November, Somali pirates freed a Ukrainian ore carrier and its 22 member crew after holding it for 40 days. It was unclear whether a US$700,000 ransom demanded by the pirates had been paid.

    One of the boldest recent attacks was on Nov. 5, when two boats full of pirates approached a cruise ship carrying Western tourists, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) off Somalia and fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles.

    The crew used a weapon that directs earsplitting noise at attackers, then sped away.

    Somalia has had no effective government since 1991, when warlords ousted a dictatorship and then turned on each other, carving the nation of 8.2 million into a patchwork of fiefdoms.
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    Somalia ships=target practice. Those toads need a swift kick in the a s s.

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    Wasn't the last time they boarded a pirate ship something like 1814?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballguy
    Wasn't the last time they boarded a pirate ship something like 1814?

    No, its done all the time. The only reason that it is in the news now is because of the cruise ship attack.
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    Why they ever did away with the Marines on board ships?

    TH, you disappoint me, I would have chosen the title "Away Boarders"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparten
    Why they ever did away with the Marines on board ships?

    TH, you disappoint me, I would have chosen the title "Away Boarders"!
    I wouldent be suprised if the men who boarded the ship were Navy SEALs and I also think the Navy has a MOS that specalizes in ship boarding and seizure. Only the carriers normally have Marine detachments (as far as I know) and even then the function is law enforcement alongside the ships MAA Department.

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    Wouldn't be surprised if they were carrying a coastie LEDET.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisF202
    I wouldent be suprised if the men who boarded the ship were Navy SEALs and I also think the Navy has a MOS that specalizes in ship boarding and seizure. Only the carriers normally have Marine detachments (as far as I know) and even then the function is law enforcement alongside the ships MAA Department.

    No ship has a MarDet since tac nukes went away. Their job was protection of the bombs.


    Their is no MOS for boarding party, that is a job skill in the MAA MOS. To was most likely just a vol group of the crew. MAAs BM and maybe a GM. Possibly a det from the USCG.
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    Crew members assemble on deck with small boats in tow aboard a dhow suspected of piracy, after being intercepted by the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81). After receiving a report of an attempted act of piracy from the International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur on the morning of Jan. 20, the guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and other U.S. naval forces in the area located this vessel controlled by suspected pirates and reported its position. After some aggressive action by Churchill, US Sailors later established communications and boarded the vessel. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Information Specialist Kenneth Anderson

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparten
    TH, you disappoint me, I would have chosen the title "Away Boarders"!
    I know...guilty as charged.


    What cracks me up is that this dumb fuccks thought they were going to outrun an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with that hideous POS.

    I mean, sure you take a junky looking car and put a 426 Hemi in it and have the perfect getaway car.

    But that rusty tub??
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter
    I know...guilty as charged.


    What cracks me up is that this dumb fuccks thought they were going to outrun an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with that hideous POS.

    I mean, sure you take a junky looking car and put a 426 Hemi in it and have the perfect getaway car.

    But that rusty tub??

    yea and a few rounds from the 5/62 across the bow helped change their mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape
    yea and a few rounds from the 5/62 across the bow helped change their mind.
    OK...I'll say it. Just take it for what it's worth. Just a whimsical one-liner.

    "I wonder if they'd have even bothered to run if it was an Iowa-class battleship chasing them?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter
    "I wonder if they'd have even bothered to run if it was an Iowa-class battleship chasing them?"
    I wonder if the BB would have even seen them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter
    I know...guilty as charged.


    What cracks me up is that this dumb fuccks thought they were going to outrun an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with that hideous POS.

    I mean, sure you take a junky looking car and put a 426 Hemi in it and have the perfect getaway car.

    But that rusty tub??
    IMO I would have had the Officer of the deck turn that thing into "driftwood" as send a very strong message to them. Stay on land you will be much safer that way. Courtesy of the USN. Oh and bye the way the lifegaurd isint on duty today so swim fukkers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadnought
    IMO I would have had the Officer of the deck turn that thing into "driftwood" as send a very strong message to them. Stay on land you will be much safer that way. Courtesy of the USN. Oh and bye the way the lifegaurd isint on duty today so swim fukkers
    Well now, that would come under the definition of murder, now wouldnt it?
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