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    The mighty French armada beats the US and Russian navies

    Kudos where kudos is due . . . finally breaks the idea of 'discussions'

    French navy arrests suspected Somali pirates

    * The French navy has arrested nine suspected pirates and handed them over to authorities in the breakaway Somali region of Puntland, French and regional officials said today.
    * French marines in the Gulf of Aden arrested the men when their patrol intercepted two boats yesterday in international waters about 100 nautical miles (185km) off the Somali coast, they said. They found small arms and anti-tank weapons and equipment used to board ships on the vessels, said a statement from the French military in Paris.
    * Puntland's deputy fisheries minister Abdukadir Muse Yusuf said that "the pirates ... dropped all their weapons in the water before they were caught." The French statement said nine suspects had been arrested, while Somali officials gave the number as eight.The suspects were handed over to Somali authorities who said they would be prosecuted and would be treated according to international conventions, French officials said.
    * France launched a rescue operation to free a French luxury yacht, Le Ponant, and its 30 crew on April 11, and in September dispatched commandos to release a a French couple seized by pirates aboard their yacht.The tougher tactics were welcomed by the authorities in Puntland, where in April a court sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment for piracy.
    * The International Maritime Bureau said 63 of the 199 piracy incidents recorded worldwide in the first nine months of this year occurred in the waters off war-ravaged Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden.
    * NATO warships are set to start patrolling off the coast of Somalia in the next few days to combat piracy and escort aid ships to the war-ravaged nation, an alliance spokesman said yesterday.

    French navy arrests suspected Somali pirates - World - smh.com.au
    All pretty good, but:
    The suspects were handed over to Somali authorities
    I guess that's better than hauling them off to Europe and keeping them at the taxpayers expense for years and years before they are let off on 'humanitarian' grounds
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    In case anyone wanted to actually read that:
    The French navy has arrested nine suspected pirates and handed them over to authorities in the breakaway Somali region of Puntland, French and regional officials said today.

    French marines in the Gulf of Aden arrested the men when their patrol intercepted two boats yesterday in international waters about 100 nautical miles (185km) off the Somali coast, they said

    They found small arms and anti-tank weapons and equipment used to board ships on the vessels, said a statement from the French military in Paris.

    Puntland's deputy fisheries minister Abdukadir Muse Yusuf said that "the pirates ... dropped all their weapons in the water before they were caught"

    The French statement said nine suspects had been arrested, while Somali officials gave the number as eight.
    The suspects were handed over to Somali authorities who said they would be prosecuted and would be treated according to international conventions, French officials said.

    France launched a rescue operation to free a French luxury yacht, Le Ponant, and its 30 crew on April 11, and in September dispatched commandos to release a a French couple seized by pirates aboard their yacht.

    The tougher tactics were welcomed by the authorities in Puntland, where in April a court sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment for piracy.

    The International Maritime Bureau said 63 of the 199 piracy incidents recorded worldwide in the first nine months of this year occurred in the waters off war-ravaged Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden.

    NATO warships are set to start patrolling off the coast of Somalia in the next few days to combat piracy and escort aid ships to the war-ravaged nation, an alliance spokesman said yesterday.

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    Thanks, I don't know what happened to my cut 'n paste . . . even spent ages trying to fix it . . .

    Must be the shock at France being brave

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    Thanks, I don't know what happened to my cut 'n paste
    Always paste stuff into Notepad first as it strips it of all the formatting code that you don't need.

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    Cheers. First time it has happened to me, though . . . I guess over 15 years in IT management makes me very adept at the little things in my laptop's life . . .

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    And there I was thinking they went to surrender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    The suspects were handed over to Somali authorities who said they would be prosecuted and would be treated according to international conventions, French officials said.
    Are there any authorities?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    The suspects were handed over to Somali authorities who said they would be prosecuted and would be treated according to international conventions, French officials said.
    Are there any authorities?

    They should have just blown their vessels or boats out of the water with the crew on board.

    piracy had ethics, but no more.

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    authorities in the breakaway Somali region of Puntland

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    And how did they beat the US and Russian navies?

    Is that the damned-if-you-don't scenario?

    And what about all the other Navies of the world?

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    Hiya Tex, welcome back.

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    Should have just blown them out of the water !!!

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    Modern french army isn't as bad as its reputation really. The only real army continental europe has nowadays. Just not v good at winning wars they are ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    And how did they beat the US and Russian navies?

    Is that the damned-if-you-don't scenario?

    And what about all the other Navies of the world?
    Fuck-a-duck man, it's great to have the head-up-the-arse while whistling dixie flag-fornicator back!!!!

    It's call injecting humour into a headline Tex . . . ever heard of it or do your star-spangled eyes only see red white and blue?

    Lighten up and read what the article is about.

    The Frogs caught some of those bastards which neither the US nor the Russians have.

    Get a friggin' life. . . or a sense of humour . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    And how did they beat the US and Russian navies?

    Is that the damned-if-you-don't scenario?

    And what about all the other Navies of the world?
    Fuck-a-duck man, it's great to have the head-up-the-arse while whistling dixie flag-fornicator back!!!!

    It's call injecting humour into a headline Tex . . . ever heard of it or do your star-spangled eyes only see red white and blue?

    Lighten up and read what the article is about.

    The Frogs caught some of those bastards which neither the US nor the Russians have.

    Get a friggin' life. . . or a sense of humour . . .
    Getting a little aggressive there Panama.

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    ^ Yes, sorry. I had meant to make it sound funny that the French actually beat the US and Russia at something militarily . . . I thought it was obvious that it was tongue-in-cheek.

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    And what concessions were agreed in the background for the French to be allowed the Kodak moment on a military matter?

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    i got to agree with a few others here in regard to piracy, there should be no quater given, sink the bastards, no capture no clemency, the only tax dollar wasted would be a few cannon shell s and a bit of 50 calibre, i think the piracey would soon diminish

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    ^Agreed. But then somebody loses a boat.

    It might help PH if you took a break for a few minutes every day to stop obsessing about the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post

    It might help PH if you took a break for a few minutes every day to stop obsessing about the US.
    That's funny coming from you Tex.

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    Surely the best way is to temporarily install a mini gun -or similar- on each bridge wing - manned by UN porsonel, and let it be known in the pirate community that any boat approaching a ship under way in the "pirate zone" would be blown out of the water.
    QED!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by keda View Post
    And what concessions were agreed in the background for the French to be allowed the Kodak moment on a military matter?
    Probably gave them the film rights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post

    It might help PH if you took a break for a few minutes every day to stop obsessing about the US.
    That's funny coming from you Tex.
    The last thing in the world I do, Texpat, is obsess about the US . . . so, fill your glass again and stay drunk.

    It was a joke . . . get it? Military's perennial wannabes actually do something that the US and Russia couldn't/didn't . . .

    Mate, obsess less about your own country and a bit more about your home.

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    ^22^
    Yeah, I'd imagine even more than whatever it cost to knobble Brazil for the World Cup.

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    Interesting map here. Shows where all the piracy attacks have occured. Many more than I had thought, so it appears not to hit the headlines very often.

    Piracy attacks map

    Screen shot for this is for 2008, if you go to the site and click on the marker it will tell you the date and what was attacked


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