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Somali Pirates at it again

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Ljiljan, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. hmm this ship looks like a good prospect. Like seriously, what's the chance that it's a French Warship?

    Somali pirates strike ... but at the wrong ship

    Somali pirates attempted to storm the French navy's 18,000-tonne flagship in the Indian Ocean after mistaking it for a cargo vessel, the French military says.

    The crew of La Somme, a 160-metre command vessel and fuel tanker, easily saw off the brazen night-time assault by lightly armed fighters on two lightweight skiffs and captured five pirates, a spokesman said.

    "The pirates, who because of the darkness took the French ship for a commercial vessel, were on board two vessels and opened fire with Kalashnikovs," Admiral Christophe Prazuck said in Paris.

    La Somme is the French command vessel in the Indian Ocean, overseeing French air, sea and land forces fighting Somali pirates and hunting terrorists under the banner of the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Officers on the ship have directed commando operations to free French hostages in the hands of Somali pirates.

    The pirates tried to flee when they realised their mistake but were pursued by French forces who, after an hour-long chase, caught one of the skiffs, Prazuck said.

    On it they found five men but no weapons, water or food as the pirates had apparently thrown all of the boat's contents overboard, the spokesman said.

    A Western official at sea in the area, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said that there had been an exchange of fire between the warship and the pirate launches.

    This was not the first time that Somali pirates have mistakenly attacked a French naval vessel. Several pirates were captured in May when they attempted to board a frigate in the area.
  2. I head this on the radio. I laughed heartily.
  3. !!!pwnd!!!
  4. So far this week:
    Here in Australia we have a bunch of bogan skateboarders making racist remarks and damaging some indian guy's car then realising too late they have taken on 5000 Indians who were attending a wrestling event at the park not far from the skateboarding ramp.
    In Wales 2 thugs decided to take on 2 crossdressers but unbeknownst to them the crossdressers were in fact professional wrestlers on a bucks night and they were summarily dealt with.
    And the Somali pirates attempting to board a French naval vessel at night in the mistaken belief that it was a cargo ship.
    It's obvious that stupidity crosses all borders :)
  5. Sounds like one of those "oh F*&$" moments :rofl:.
  6. Maybe they did know it was french - and figured the ship would surrender :D
  7. I find it just a little amusing that the commanding flagship of the French Indian Ocean fleet (be it a slow refueling ship...) couldn't organise itself enough to catch both of the offending skiffs that were offered to it on a platter. Even more amusing how the pirates got that close??
  8. They had to pick themselves up from the floor from laughing too much.
  9. orb beat me to it...