The truly remarkable thing in the denouement of the Sailing Vessel Quest hostage taking, is how utterly unremarkable were the actions of the special forces who attempted to come to the rescue of the hostages after shots were fired:
On Monday, two pirates had peacefully come aboard the USS Sterett to negotiate with naval [...]
Somali pirates have seized four American yachtsmen off Oman:
The S/V Quest, owned by a retired couple, was hijacked 240 nautical miles (275 miles) off Oman on Friday afternoon, Ecoterra told BBC News.
It is believed the yacht was en route from India to Oman.
While pirates usually attack cargo ships, they have hijacked [...]
One old coot from Norway recommends it as a deterrent to piracy:
A Norwegian shipping magnate was strongly criticized Wednesday for suggesting that pirates captured off the Horn of Africa should be sunk with their skiffs or executed on the spot.
In a newspaper op-ed, the 79-year-old founder of the Stolt-Nielsen shipping group, Jacob [...]
A recently released video shows why the recovery of the pirated Samho Jewelry by South Korean SOF was so bloody: The ROKs weren’t pussy-footing around.
Over at the Belmont Club, Richard Fernandez posits that, when it comes to kinetics, passports mean everything:
What you can do depends on what papers you carry. In [...]
Not to be trifled with:
South Korean special forces launched a dramatic high-seas rescue of 21 seamen hijacked by pirates last week aboard their South-Korean-operated freighter in a top-secret operation that killed eight Somali abductors, officials here announced Friday.
The skipper of the South Korea chemical carrier Samho Jewelry was also shot in the [...]
The Kenyan court system practices it:
A Kenyan court on Friday freed 17 Somali men detained by the U.S. Navy at sea and accused of piracy, saying the Navy didn’t provide the necessary evidence to convict the suspects.
The decision has left authorities in a dilemma over what to do with the Somali men [...]
Like they need any motivation.
Update: Apparently one of the pirates has irritable bowel syndrome -
“As soon as the first stack of [Marines] made our way into the bridge, their hands were up, their weapons were down, they moved to their knees and they were compliant,” Martin said. “At that point, they [...]
More like this:
U.S. Marines early Thursday boarded and seized control of a German-owned commercial vessel that had been commandeered by pirates, in what appeared to be the first American-led military boarding of its kind amid a recent surge of attacks in the Gulf of Aden and along the east coast of Africa.
Way back in the way back when, apocryphal stories were told to your humble about Lebanese militiamen who had the temerity to kidnap Russian diplomats during that country’s troubles. The way I heard the story, the Soviets refused to pay ransoms that might further future adventurism. Instead they sent spetznaz operatives to target the [...]
When I read yesterday that a Russian merchant ship had been seized by Somali pirates and that a Russian warship was en route, I knew that there would be little in the way of pussyfooting around once the two came together:
Russian forces have freed the crew of a Russian oil tanker seized by [...]