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                                                       Nato foils Somali pirates' attack 


                                            Nato said a Canadian warship caught the pirates
 




BBC NEWS
April 19, 2009

Pirates have intensified attacks on shipping in recent weeks

An attempted attack by Somali pirates on a Norwegian tanker was foiled by Nato warships and helicopters after an overnight pursuit in the Gulf of Aden.

Nato said a Canadian warship caught the pirates before releasing them after the gang attacked the MV Front Ardenne.

The alliance said the pirates had been released because they could not be prosecuted under Canadian law.

On Saturday, Dutch commandos serving with the Nato anti-piracy operation freed 20 pirate captives from Yemen.

In that incident, too, the raiders were released.


  "We were faster and surprisingly more manoeuvrable than the pirate skiff"

Michael McWhinnie
Canadian warship spokesman


American forces joined in Sunday's pursuit of pirates who used rocket-propelled grenades in an attack on the 80,000-tonne MV Front Ardenne.

Portuguese Lt Cdr Alexandre Santos Fernandes told AP news agency the raiders only stopped after repeated warning shots were fired.

He said the gang was interrogated and disarmed before being released.

A spokesman aboard the Canadian warship, the Winnipeg, Michael McWhinnie, said they had switched off all lights to hunt the fleeing pirates through the night.

"We blocked their path. We were faster and surprisingly more manoeuvrable than the pirate skiff," Mr McWhinnie told Reuters news agency.

Pirates have intensified attacks on shipping in recent weeks in one of the world's busiest sea lanes, despite patrols by the foreign navies.

In another incident on Saturday, Somali pirates seized a Belgian ship and its 10 crew, including seven Europeans.

Nato's success this weekend is the latest in a string of recent Western military operations against the pirates.

French and US troops have both taken action against pirates in recent days.

The French rescued three people from a captured yacht in an assault which saw one man killed.

Last week US troops killed three pirates and captured another as they rescued the American captain of a tanker from captivity.
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2009, 10:14:32 am »

We have warships?Huh  Shocked  Must have been a private yacht with guys dressed up as soldiers.  I'll have to check this out.
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2009, 10:19:19 am »

"Canada Warship Seizes Tanker in Arabian Sea" -- Reuters, Feb. 8, 2002

CANADIAN WARSHIP SEIZES TANKER IN... WAIT...
CANADA HAS A WARSHIP?
Oh Right, and Switzerland Has Nuclear Weapons

Arabian Sea (SatireWire.com) — Canadian television reported Friday that a Canadian warship in the Arabian Sea had seized a tanker suspected of smuggling oil from Iraq, leading many to suspect that the report was a hoax.

 
The Halifax Class frigate Vancouver.
Honest. 
"You're kidding, right? Canada has a warship?" asked U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. "Like for war?

"Does Canada know?" he added.

"Nobody was more stunned than we were," said Kali Omari, first mate of the seized vessel. "We saw this frigate steaming toward us, and we were worried, but then we saw the maple leaf on the flag, and we thought, 'Oh, Canadians. What the hell do they want?'"

When an officer of the HMCS Vancouver announced that the tanker was about to be boarded, the crew of the detained ship was confused, said Omari, but their confusion quickly turned to anger when they saw what the Canadians sailors were carrying.

"They were armed. With guns," said Omari. "Canadians. With guns. And a warship. What is this world coming to?"

"They were pretty rude, too," Omari added. "They started asking us all sorts of questions, like 'Where did that oil come from?' But first we wanted to know who gave them the damn warship."

 
According to Canadian defense officials, the Vancouver is one of four frigates deployed in the region to assist in the U.S.-led Afghanistan conflict. The tanker was stopped, officials said, because its cargo of crude oil violated United Nations sanctions, which prohibit Iraq from selling oil unless in exchange for food and medicine.

The U.N. said the incident is already under investigation, and promised swift action against those found responsible for giving the Canadians guns. Initial findings indicate that the Vancouver crew may have been watching too many American television shows.


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                      Canadian warship scares off suspected pirates and helps boatload of refugees
 






 ROGER WARD
 April 05, 2009
 TORONTO

- Warding off suspected pirates and coming to the aid of Somali refugees was all in a weekend's work for
the crew of the Canadian Navy's HMCS Winnipeg.

On Saturday, Winnipeg dispatched its Sea King helicopter to check out several skiffs that were shadowing the commercial vessel, Pacific Opal in the Gulf of Aden.

Commander Craig Baines said the chopper's crew quickly made their presence and intent known.

"The helicopter actually has a large 'Stop' sign, written in Somali, and they were able to hang it out the
cargo door next to the C-6 machine-gun," Baines said in a telephone interview.

"As soon as the (suspected) pirates saw the sign, they immediately stopped what they were doing."

The Sea King stayed with the Pacific Opal until it was certain that the suspected pirates were no longer
a threat, Baines said.

Piracy is rampant around the coast of Somalia, which has not had a functioning government for 18 years.

In the past year, maritime attackers have captured trawlers, small fishing boats, cruise ships and even a cargo ship laden with heavy weapons.

On Sunday HMCS Winnipeg saw more action when a helicopter patrol spotted a boat overflowing with refugees trying to get from Somalia to Yemen.

"There were 51 people in what looked to be a 25-foot boat," Baines said. "They had been at sea for two
days and were hungry and thirsty."

Being able to perform a variety of functions for NATO in the Gulf is satisfying, the commander said.

"We see different things each day, from a possible pirate situation one day to a humanitarian assistance effort the next, it's very rewarding to the crew."

Baines also had praise for the Winnipeg's lone Sea King helicopter. The Canadian Forces fleet of aged choppers is often criticized for being long past their expiry date, and prone to accidents. But Baines said
their Sea King is a valuable tool in the mission.

"When you add a helicopter into the mix it really expands your ability to conduct surveillance because the helicopter can go 50 miles (80 kilometres) from the ship," he said.

The Winnipeg is currently participating in a NATO led counter-piracy mission known as 'Operation Allied Protector', part of an effort by the international community to restore safety to a major shipping lane that passes by the Horn of Africa.

With a crew of approximately 240 officers and non-commissioned members, it's been at sea since February 5, and won't return to Victoria until August 21.



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©The Canadian Press,
APRIL 5
2009
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                                  Canadian warship called into action after Somali pirates attack
 
 




By Jorge Barrera and
Katie DeRosa,
Canwest News Service and
Victoria Times Colonist
April 14, 2009
 

A Canadian warship was in the thick of the action Tuesday after Somali pirates launched a brazen, moonlit hijacking
of a Greek-owned ship in the Gulf of Aden.


HMCS Winnipeg received a distress call from the MV Irene E.M. that the vessel was being attacked by pirates.
At the time, the warship was escorting another vessel 185 kilometres away and was unable to respond immediately.


The ship gradually drew closer to the threatened vessel and, five hours after the initial call, dispatched its Sea King
helicopter to contact the vessel which, by then, had been taken over by Somali pirates.


"Our helicopter was able to find her and hailed the vessel and had a short conversation with the pirates and established
she was under pirate control," said Cmdr. Craig Baines, who heads the Vancouver Island-based warship currently engaged
in the NATO-led counter-piracy mission known as Operation Allied Protector.


The helicopter crew made sure the hostages on board were safe and returned to the Canadian frigate, Baines said.


The pirates are suspected to have weapons, Baines said.


But the pirates, mostly poor Somali fishermen lured by the money that can come with piracy, rarely harm their captives,
said Baines, in the hope of negotiating large ransoms for the vessel.


"They are out for economic gain, so it doesn't (do) them any good to harm anyone on board," Baines said.


The Greek ship was one of two vessels captured by Somali pirates Tuesday in attacks that showed a determination to go
on striking at shipping on the region's strategic trade routes.


The capture of the MV Irene E.M. and the Togo-flagged MV Sea Horse were a clear sign pirate gangs have not been deterred
by two raids in recent days in which U.S. and French special forces have killed five pirates.


HMCS Winnipeg was the closest NATO vessel to the Greek merchant ship, which was travelling to India from Jordan, said NATO
spokeswoman Shona Lowe.


Lowe said NATO continues to monitor the situation and further involvement by HMCS Winnipeg will depend on the demands of
the situation as it unfolds.


The Somali pirates used the cover of night and their position far away from NATO warships to take control of the Greek vessel
within five minutes of the initial attack, Baines said.


The Greek merchant marine ministry said the Irene E.M.'s crew were all Filipinos, said NATO Lt.-Cmdr. Alexandre Fernandes.


"There are hostages, so now we will shadow and monitor the situation," Fernandes said.


Foreign navies are patrolling the seas off Somalia. But the pirates have continued to evade capture, driving up insurance costs
and defying the world's most powerful militaries.


The latest hijacking by Somalia-based pirates comes in the wake of Sunday's high-seas drama, when a U.S. ship captain was
freed after his three Somali captors were cut down by U.S. snipers. Two days earlier, French forces raided a hijacked yacht,
killing two pirates. A French hostage was also killed.


Somali pirates have since vowed revenge against U.S. and French citizens.


HMCS Winnipeg managed to disrupt suspected pirate operations twice this month.


Late last week, the frigate sent out its Sea King helicopter after receiving a distress call of an apparent pirate attack. The
helicopter located the suspected pirates during the nighttime operation and boarded a skiff along with a larger boat to search
for weapons, which were believed to have been thrown overboard before the Canadians arrived.


On April 4, HMCS Winnipeg thwarted another attempted pirate attack when it spotted three pirate skiffs closing in on an
Indian merchant vessel. The Sea King helicopter was dispatched and flew between the threatened vessel and the pirates
who backed off.


"We are having an effect out here," Baines said, underscoring the importance of patrolling the busy commercial passage.


"However, because of the huge area we are working in and the extremely large number of ships that work out here, it's not
possible to have perfect coverage of the area."


Somalia has essentially been without a central governing authority since 1991, and deep-sea piracy has flourished amid the
chaos. Pirates have been able to seemingly strike at will and their reach extends deep into international shipping lanes.


There have been about 40 pirate-related incidents so far this year off Somalia's coast, and pirates have raked in about
$100 million for the return of captured crews and vessels since 2008, according to experts.


In chaotic Somalia, brigands armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers have thrived.


Many poor and unemployed young Somalis see the gangs as a dazzling alternative to their hard lives, given the quick
money to be made. Most of the groups are based in villages and small towns along Somalia's long coast like Eyl, Hobyo
and Haradheere.




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