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Monday, January 23, 2006

Pirates of the Indian Ocean

Yesterday the USS Winston Churchill, an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, seized a pirate ship in the Indian Ocean. Two shots were fired across the bow of the suspect ship before they decided to surrender to the Churchill.

16 Indian crew members and 10 Somali's were captured, evidently the ship was hijacked by the Somali's last week, and was being used to stage attacks on other merchant ships off the coast of Somalia.

Many don't realize that piracy on the high seas, not just the internet, is still a problem in our modern age. In 1992 there were 106 cases reported to international authorities, In 2002 the number was 370 according to Piracy Info.

Not sure if the guy pictured below had anything to do with this attack, but I do hear he has a new movie coming out.

Captain Jack Sparrow as portrayed by Johnny Depp

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Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

I billfished in big game tournments for marlins in the high seas for over 10 years and this was always a concern for us. We kept a gun on board and watched for boats that may get too close.

Yes, this problem goes way back in history. Thanks for that link. (smiling)

Hope you had a great weekend...and will have a good Monday too.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

It is amazing to realize this still happens. Good post!

12:23 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Suzie, weekend wasn't bad. Monday was, well, monday. Had to work, but have a job, so cant' bitch.
I'd imagine fishing boats would be very suspectible to that kind of stuff.

LMC, it' still goes on, the Straights of Mallaca are very bad also, where they narrow around Indonesia.

6:35 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

The west coast of Africa is supposed to be very dangerous as well because of pirates.

One of America's first wars was fought against Islamic pirates; I believe it was during Jefferson's administration, but I'm not real sure.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Greta (Hooah Wife) said...

Arrrgh! Isn't he French now? maybe he did have something to do with it!

9:07 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Shoprat- That was the Barbary Coast of Africa that we fought them.

Greta, he's unhappy, and french right now if I remember right. Seems he and Gwenyth Paltrow are both looking for the perfect place in Europe, and not finding it.

4:49 AM  
Blogger Robosquirrel said...

Hey everything's in english now!

While doing research for my two pirate posts, I actually had to create a bookmark forlder marked "pirates" because there were so many references.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Griz said...

I don't think that they (Black Pearl Racing) have passed Somalia yet. But, if anyone is interested in ocean racing, here's a link:


9:36 AM  

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