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    Pirate whoopsie.

    Too funny, I bet they fair crapped themselves when they realized their (big) mistake.
    About time they met their match.
    THE French navy captured 11 pirates who attacked a warship, mistaking it for a merchant vessel in waters near the Seychelles yesterday.
    Two small skiffs attacked the Nivose, which moved into the sun to keep its cover.

    When the assailants were close enough, the French navy unleashed commandos on outboards and a helicopter to intercept the pirates.

    Dozens of suspected pirates have been captured by the French in recent weeks.

    Some have been released due to a lack of evidence, while others were transferred either to Somalia's breakaway region of Puntland or Kenya to face trial.

    The latest incident has not deterred the Somali pirates.

    They hijacked a Pakistani-owned ship yesterday, bringing the pirates' haul since the start of the year to more than 30 vessels, at least 18 of which are still being held, together with around 300 seamen.

    The MV Al-Misan was captured on Friday around 100km off the capital Mogadishu, said Ahmed Abdi, a pirate commander in the coastal village of Harardhere.

    On Saturday, pirates in Haradhere said they had captured two ships.

    One of them was confirmed as the MV Ariana, a bulk carrier transporting 35,000 tonnes of soya beans, with owners in Britain and Greece and a crew of 24 Ukrainians.

    Confusion surrounded the identity of the second ship, however, with unconfirmed reports from pirate sources that it was a Ukrainian ship carrying UN vehicles as part of its cargo.

    The pirates are enjoying the last few days of favourable weather conditions, in between monsoon seasons that make approaching and boarding large high-sided ships more difficult.
    French navy captures blundering pirates | The Courier-Mail

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    good.

    gotta admire the French - almost as good as the time that they sank the greenpeace boat in NZ.

    they've got more balls than other countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    good.

    gotta admire the French - almost as good as the time that they sank the greenpeace boat in NZ.

    they've got more balls than other countries.
    I just happen to be in Mount Roskill {close-in to Auckland} on that morning. You could hear the blast for quite a distance.

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    The excuse the authorities give as to their poor record on pirate capture is that the sea area is too big to police effectively.

    I thought that with the Spy Satelites that surround the earth it would be easy to monitor any ships large or small in close up to determine what they were,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    gotta admire the French - almost as good as the time that they sank the greenpeace boat in NZ. they've got more balls than other countries.
    Yes, the French are always up for a fight when the odds are overwhelmingly in their favour. Not so eager when they go up against someone who can fight back though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    gotta admire the French - almost as good as the time that they sank the greenpeace boat in NZ. they've got more balls than other countries.
    Yes, the French are always up for a fight when the odds are overwhelmingly in their favour. Not so eager when they go up against someone who can fight back though.
    Accurate historical point.
    Last edited by Rural Surin; 06-05-2009 at 09:13 PM.

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    I rather think you meant to say accurate " historical " point.

    I somehow doubt that MTD has said anything remotely approaching the "historic" although I am prepared to keep an open mind on the subject.

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    But the captured pirates are being handed over to Somali 'authorities'. Yup. . . good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    But the captured pirates are being handed over to Somali 'authorities'. Yup. . . good stuff.

    Me thinks Davy Jone,s locker be a better place Long John ! over the Yard Arm

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