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US Navy Rescues Captain, Kills Somali Pirates

From a dejected Reuters:

Maersk-Alabama captain Richard Phillips, (R), stands alongside Cmdr. Frank Castellano, the commanding officer of USS Bainbridge, after being rescued by U.S Naval Forces off the coast of Somalia April 12, 2009.

U.S. Navy rescues captain, kills Somali pirates

By Abdi Sheikh and Abdi Guled

MOGADISHU, April 12 (Reuters) – U.S. naval forces rescued cargo ship captain Richard Phillips from captivity at the hands of Somali pirates in a dramatic shootout that ended a five-day standoff, the U.S. Navy said on Sunday.

Phillips’ life was in danger when naval forces shot the pirates, freeing him unharmed and killing three of four pirates who had held him hostage on a lifeboat after trying to seize his vessel, the navy said. The fourth pirate was in custody

The U.S. Navy believed that Phillips, who tried to escape on Friday, faced imminent danger amid tense hostage talks with his captors and deteriorating sea conditions.

‘They were pointing the AK-47s at the captain,’ Vice Adm. William Gortney, head of the U.S. Naval Central Command, said in a Pentagon briefing from Bahrain.

President Barack Obama had granted the Pentagon’s request for standing authority to use appropriate force to save the life of the captain, he said.

The U.S. Navy 5th Fleet in Bahrain said the rescue took place at 12:19 p.m. EDT (1619 GMT) and the lifeboat had drifted to about 20 miles (32 km) from lawless Somalia’s coast.

Phillips, captain of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama container ship, had contacted his family, received a routine medical evaluation, and was resting comfortably aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer…

Phillips’ crew let off flares, hoisted an American flag and jumped for joy at news of their captain’s rescue.

‘We are very happy. He’s a hero,’ one crew member of the Maersk Alabama shouted at journalists amid raucous celebrations on the deck of the vessel, docked in Kenya’s Mombasa port…

Three U.S. warships had been watching the situation.

Somali pirates were quick to vow revenge over Sunday’s shooting, as well as a French military assault to rescue a yacht on Friday.

‘The French and the Americans will regret starting this killing. We do not kill, but take only ransom. We shall do something to anyone we see as French or American from now,’ Hussein, a pirate, told Reuters by satellite phone

Experts had expected a quick end to the standoff, but the pirates held out for both a ransom and safe passage home. Friends told Reuters the gang wanted $2 million

The saga has drawn world attention to the long-running piracy phenomenon off Somalia that has hiked shipping insurance costs and disrupted international trade.

Andrew Mwangura, coordinator of Mombasa-based East African Seafarers Assistance Program, said the rescue would change the stakes in future pirate attacks.

‘This is a big wake-up to the pirates. It raises the stakes. Now they may be more violent, like the pirates of old,’ he said.

Pirates have generally treated hostages well, sometimes roasting goat meat for them and even passing phones round so they can call loved ones. The worst violence reported has been the occasional beating and no hostages are known to have been killed by pirates.

The drama underscored a need for new international agreements to allow other countries to protect shipments in Somali waters and try pirates, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen told U.S. net work ABC’s ‘This Week’.

The U.S. Justice Department said in a statement it ‘will be reviewing the evidence and other issues to determine whether to seek prosecution in the United States.’

Mind you, in a day or so, the self-same media who seem to be celebrating this turn of events, will be wondering who can seek reparations from the US Navy.

Pirates have generally treated hostages well, sometimes roasting goat meat for them and even passing phones round so they can call loved ones. The worst violence reported has been the occasional beating and no hostages are known to have been killed by pirates.

We might not even have to wait that long.

Obviously, we are the ones escalating this innocent merriment into a dangerous situation.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 12th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

45 Responses to “US Navy Rescues Captain, Kills Somali Pirates”

  1. Gila Monster says:

    Breaking news, according to Fox News, Capt Phillips has been rescued, 3 pirates are dead and one is in custody thanks to the brave men of our US Navy. Huzzah!!

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,514719,00.html

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Happy Easter and God bless America! Too bad one survived!

    • proreason says:

      Great news.

      I was curious whether The Moron was involved in any way.

      This paragraph gives a clue: “Initial reports indicate Phillips jumped overboard for a second time and the military was able to take advantage of the situation.”

      If that holds up, it was the military’s action, pure and simple.

      And it would seem that Captain Phillips is a brave man indeed. Imagine, taking individual action (for at least the second time) when you have the power and majesty of the Obama administration working around the clock to, uh, provide a, uh, “safety net”.

      Now the captain is back in the loving bosom of a governmentthat will honor him by bankrupting his offspring and continue to refuse to arm his ship.

  2. Douglas says:

    I’m simply appalled that this country would even consider negotiation with these criminals. That we as a country would allow four thugs to hold off our military the way they did is unforgivable. It really goes to show a lack of leadership and willingness to make tough decisions.

    I’m very happy to hear that the captain has been released.

  3. caligirl9 says:

    This took entirely too long to resolve, but I am glad the captain is okay.
    Methinks it might be a good idea for U.S. freight ships to be armed … but I am sure that TOTUS will forbid that, lest a precious pirate accidentally get hurt.

  4. canary says:

    You can tell the good Captain has a swollen black eye.
    No greater man is he that lay down his life for his brother. He is a hero according to reports by his crewmen.
    This is a great Easter present for the entire country of the U.S. We needed some good news. Aiy! Aiy! Captain Phillips. Aiy! Aiy! Heavenly Hosts!!

  5. proreason says:

    After the child-man wrings his hands for a week about the pirates, the AP annoints him a hero:

    Obama twice approved force to rescue hostage

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama twice authorized the military to rescue a U.S. captain who was being held by Somali pirates and whose life appeared to be at risk, administration officials said after Sunday’s rescue.

    The Defense Department twice asked Obama for permission to use military force to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips from a lifeboat off the Somali coast. Obama first gave permission around 8 p.m. Friday, and upgraded it at 9:20 a.m. Saturday. Officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations said the second order was to encompass more military personnel and equipment that arrived in the Indian Ocean to engage the pirates.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090412/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_piracy_obama

    Imagine, our brave president, faced with the most difficult decision since D-Day, twice, TWICE approved explicit requests from military commanders to use force to rescue a honky sea captain left dangling by the heartless part of his government for nearly a week. And all the while, he also had to grapple with naming the puppy and selecting the toppings on the pizza.

    Let the monument construction begin.

    • caligirl9 says:

      I read that. It’s a scary concept that a teleprompter-reading commander-in-chief even had to have anything to do with a military decision.

      What I’d like to know is when the military first asked for permission to use force? Bet the media forget about that question altogether.

      Not if 9/11 2.0 happens, my friends. It’s a question of when and where, and I’m scared to think about it.

    • Confucius says:

      I was disgusted with Obama’s initial response. It was like voting “present.” And then to take five days and two requests for the Spine Of Steel to approve a rescue? (Notice how all this happened on Sunday instead of Friday afternoon?)

      I was equally disgusted with Clinton’s answer. Laughing at a hostage crisis? Witch.

      I was most disgusted with the media. Focusing on a puppy and Michelle’s extreme makeover?

    • Gila Monster says:

      The Defense Department twice asked Obama for permission to use military force to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips from a lifeboat off the Somali coast.

      The DoD shouldn’t have to ask for permission to rescue an American hostage, they should be ordered by their CiC to do so at the first available opportunity. That’s the difference between a real President and a “community organizer” President.

      IMHO, this claim by Obambi’s handlers is simply CYA and, of course, feeding the MSM some talking points to make the hand-wringer in chief look like the hero here. Disgusting really….

  6. jrmcdonald says:

    Is Hillary still laughing?

    • catie says:

      Wasn’t that disgusting? Well on Fox they were implying that this was the One’s plan all along. If so than kudos to him but like most of you I have my reservations but it would be a pleasant surprise if it was indeed true.
      Yes, what a wonderful Easter present. This should be a lesson to our secular friends, prayers to help.

  7. jobeth says:

    What a wonderful Easter gift!

    Look at all the heros in this event! The captain, (and crew) and the navy sharpshooters who were so acurate in their skill! God Bless them all!!!

    Just waiting now for the “human rights” crowd to chime in complaining that the pirates “human rights” were violated by the big bad USA. Just wait…it’ll come.

    “President Barack Obama had granted the Pentagon’s request for standing authority to use appropriate force to save the life of the captain, he said. ”

    Glad he did that…even though we all know he only gave up that authority (power) because he didn’t have a clue on how to handle something this delicate!!! Probably wanted to be able to blame someone else IF something had gone wrong.

    Now I’m waiting to see if he backs our sharpshooters up as the world “looks into” the affair for wrong doings.

    That makes me sick!!! As if we are wrong for taking care of our own!! I KNOW I’m in OZ…I know it!

  8. canary says:

    ‘The French and the Americans will regret starting this killing. We do not kill, but take only ransom. We shall do something to anyone we see as French or American from now,’ Hussein, a pirate, told Reuters by satellite phone…

    Hussein? When did Barack Obomi start going by his middle name?
    ooohh. oops, my bad. Well, this blood thirsty pirate has declared war. Of course the French will blame it on the U.S. and Obamba will apologizing to the globe again.

    • Weasel says:

      I’m no fan of the French, but this is the second time in the last few months that they have re-taken a ship the pirates grabbed. So good for them.

      And whether Obambi really authorized this or Captain Phillips made a second escape attempt and the Navy was ready and reacted this time or something in between, I’m just glad that the American is Ok and the pirates are dead or captures.

      The real test for Obambi is now what will he do? Does he sit back and do nothing or does he authorize the military to rescue the other ships and hostages – 17 ships and 200 to 250 hostages are still being held – and do we clean out the pirate support bases on shore and sink or capture the “mother” ships at sea? This move was forced on him. The next move is the real test.

    • caligirl9 says:

      I predict reparations paid by the U.S. to the dead pirate’s families because of loss of pirating income …

    • jobeth says:

      caligirl9

      LOL…Exactly! After all, they do have little children in school (pirate training school) and tuition isn’t cheap!

      And I think I heard somewhere where one of them was heard to ask Obalmy for a “new kitchen” and wanted to stop worrying about getting “gas for my” car.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Well, ya know, if the teacher at the pirate school looks at all like Captain Jack Sparrow, I may rethink this whole pirate thing!

    • jobeth says:

      LOL,

      I had to explain this whole situation to my very naive granddaughter that Yes, there really are pirates today.

      She overheard someone talking about this and thought they were only make believe.

      Then she wondered where they got their costumes from. :-) (seriously)

      Again I had to tell her they didn’t look like Capt Jack Sparrow. LOL…Bless her. And that they dressed like dirty little terrorists..

      Ahhh, there is something to be said for the innocent in this world.

    • canary says:

      Weasle:And whether Obambi really authorized this or Captain Phillips made a second escape attempt and the Navy was ready and reacted this time or something in between

      hadn’t thought of this possibility. I hope the Captain tells his entire story in detail, so we can get first hand, rather than the media.
      As far as all this Obomi waiting til Friday, etc. to give permission, that’s too long, and and his permission shouldn’t have been needed.
      If this is a case that Obomi is that in charge, than he’d better get some experts and experienced in charge to handle this escualating problem. ASAP

      Hillary has contradicted herself, after laughing and saying that this was new to her and suggesting Morroco ended piracy ages ago. How was she not aware of this growing problem. Now that she’s studied up on the present –

      Hillary’s later statement was ” Now Piracy may be a centuries old crime, but we are uh working to bring an appropiate 21st century uh response.”

    • caligirl9 says:

      Come to think of it, I’d look fabulous in a bustier, a la Kiera Knightly (except no need for CGI-boobies), packing a sword, with my hair down and windblown. Isn’t that what female pirates should wear?

      Heck with this scary day-to-day employment stuff, I’m going to pirate school. I have the Pacific Ocean a stone’s throw away, Oakland/Alameda a short 40-minute drive north, as is San Francisco, and the Port of Stockton 90 minutes to the east. Plenty of pirating opportunities! Avast, ye salty dogs! And I swim well! Seasickness is a problem though …

      What’s that you say? “No female pirates allowed. Muslim women stay home supporting their pirate husbands by packing lunch and having sex on demand.”

      Ick. Maybe not the job for me after all.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Slightly off topic: what are ‘CGI-boobies’?

    • jobeth says:

      Computer-generated images :-D Must be a woman thing

    • caligirl9 says:

      It was said that Kiera Knightly is so.. well … flat … that the filmmakers (in at least the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie) gave her cleavage in post-production.

      Hence, CGI-boobies

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      And the film makers did a wonderful job too Cali, thank heavens for technology! Actually, the only enhancement they did to Keira was for the promo stills and movie poster. She’s beautiful with or without.

  9. mybrotherkeeper says:

    If the Captain had not been a man of action, nothing would have come of this. I don’t believe in Obama, that he was being silent for security reasons. A good guideline to follow when discerning someone’s words is: ‘Eat the fish, and spit out the bones.’ BUT I DO NOT EAT FISH WITH TOO MANY BONES!
    If this would not have ended successfully, Obama would have spun it. He’s a politician. Lest anyone think I am being unfair, I say the same thing of Bush. When they are strong in something, there has got to be someone pulling their strings in the background. They just do not have much conviction, and “convictions make the man.” But O is way more damaging to personal liberties than Bush. His idea of freedom is having Big Brother babysit every area of life.

    • proreason says:

      good point, mybrother.

      If the captain hadn’t acted, Mr. no-action in the WH would still be wringing his hands (assuming he would even do that with the new puppy, the pizza and all the other big stuff going on).

  10. Well..
    “Pirates have generally treated hostages well, sometimes roasting goat meat for them and even passing phones round so they can call loved ones. The worst violence reported has been the occasional beating and no hostages are known to have been killed by pirates.”

    This said to let us know “we’ve been bad” and shouldn’t put at risk our commerce lanes.. by defending it.. Uh?

    I suspect there will be a little LESS activity now.. getting dead hardly fits the glorious end these would be Somali role models would have liked to present.

    This is where a little propaganda drop in all the coastal villages might well serve a good purpose. On biodegradable paper ..of course ..if some can read.

    • jobeth says:

      I’d love to be a fly on the wall when all the “pirates in waiting” get to talking about the mistake of tackling the US Navy! LOL

      Maybe it will scare these little mini terrorists in to rethinking who they will try to go after.

      They must be shaking a little bit anyway…for all their big talk.

      At least until Obamy appologizes.

    • Exactly.. I wonder how many non US flag vessels might float the stars and stripes.. as a deterrent now?

  11. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Looks like the CEO of Pirates, Inc. is gonna have to re-think his business model.

  12. wstuga says:

    Pirates have generally treated hostages well, sometimes roasting goat meat for them and even passing phones round so they can call loved ones. The worst violence reported has been the occasional beating and no hostages are known to have been killed by pirates.

    Well it is obvious that the AP sees what the pirates are doing is not that bad, I have to help the AP with some past stories that they have written.

    The US have generally treated enemy combatants (terrorists) well, sometimes giving them korans with latex gloves on so that the korans won’t be touched by and infidel and pray rugs so the enemy combatants can pray toward mecca, and fed them 3 times a day with nutritious food so that they could have the energy to call the interrogators infidels and spit in the face of the US interrogators. The worst violence reported is some loud music, sleep depravation, and water boarding and no enemy combatants have been killed in US custody.

    Now that is quality journalism!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Touche’ wstuga.

      Yeah, the MSM will probably never ever swing back to anything that resembles fair and unbiased reporting. The cat’s out of the bag, etc. Now that they have demonstrated that they have actually caused change in the world (or, at least think they have), then they will attempt it at every turn.

      So, thankfully, where nature detests a vacuum, we have the conservative blogs, conservative commentary and best selling authors all over the place. The one thing that any very sick person has to do to get better is recognize they have a problem and liberals are not aware of any dementia they possess. Therefore, they will never get the help they need and will never think rationally, logically, unemotionally.

      But you hit the nail on the head with that.

  13. Gila Monster says:

    ‘The French and the Americans will regret starting this killing. We do not kill, but take only ransom. We shall do something to anyone we see as French or American from now,’ Hussein, a pirate, told Reuters by satellite phone…

    The worst violence reported has been the occasional beating and no hostages are known to have been killed by pirates.

    Uhhh, so much for fact checking by our illustrious MSM.

    Somali pirates, who have been holding a Taiwanese fishing vessel since the middle of last month, have reportedly killed one member of the crew.
    A maritime official from neighbouring Kenya says the pirates killed the crewman because the ship’s owners had failed to pay a ransom demand.

    http://tinyurl.com/ypx4co

    Five million plus hits on a Google search and within the first 5 or 6 pages, I counted about 15 to 20 people killed by Somali pirates, the above is the first hit.

    Another MSM credo, why let those pesky “facts” get in the way of a good spin on a story, …sigh.

    • canary says:

      They fired the first shots and threatened to kill the Captain. That’s war. Now they have firmly, declared war, and just as we warned Korea, sounds like another meanlingless verbal slap on the wrist.
      I saw a vidio, of one of the capturers say we started their pirating. And they showed tons of stacked money. I think we should storm the horn and retrieve the money. This economical set back, will save many pirates lives, and cut down the need for our ships. Using the F-22s to patrol and shoot down, would put an end to the stubborn ones.

  14. jobeth says:

    “We do not kill, but take only ransom.”

    To the little terriorist pirates…

    Great! So….does that mean the next time you take hostages we can rush your boat without fear of your killing someone?

    Of couse it does…NOT!

    Oh, excuse me…I suppose that would be ok then for YOU to kill.

  15. JimmyTX says:

    I guess they just “overlooked” the crew member of the Taiwanese fishing boat who was killed a few years ago. The boat was held for about 6 months…or maybe they only count if this year?

  16. Rusty Shackleford says:

    But I wonder, seriously, if this will serve as a lesson to the Dumbama administration and if The Black Stick sees that negotiation with thugs, regardless of their ideology is useless. Bowing to smelly, fat, rich slobs in robes is unacceptable and a large majority of Americans won’t stand for it.

    Or, O-dumbass, will you figure out a way to make this whole episode say something so out of the realm of reality that even the MSM will say, “huh?”

    I suspect the latter.

  17. bobbys says:

    These Pirates never had a chance with Obama.

    They make over 250000 a year.

    There independent bisnesmen.

    They own automatic weapons.

    They wanted cash to avoid Taxes.

    They did not secure movie rights with Sean Penn

    • How unpatriotic.. er.. at least if you follow Biden’s rules of Patriotism the nerve of them not wanting to pay taxes.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Not willing to pay their taxes runs them to the front of the line for a spot in the Oblomy Administration or at the very least………Top Seat in the DNC!!

  18. Squito says:

    Hooray for the captain! Free and just in time for some Easter leftovers! :)

    “Pirates have generally treated hostages well, sometimes roasting goat meat for them and even passing phones round so they can call loved ones. The worst violence reported has been the occasional beating and no hostages are known to have been killed by pirates.”

    Weird… The captain looks like he’s taken a couple punches at least in the last few days. (snort)


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