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    The day pirates homed in on the wrong target - a French warship...



    The day pirates homed in on the wrong target - a French warship
    May 5, 2009

    This was one ship the pirates wished they had never set eyes on, says David Dieudonne, on board the Nivose.

    AS THE pirates zeroed in on their prey, the dazzling sun on the horizon concealed a nasty surprise: the ship they were hunting was not a merchant vessel but a French warship.

    Sailing near the outer bounds of the Seychelles archipelago's waters in the Indian Ocean on Sunday just after dawn, the pirates spotted their potential victim from afar.

    But the trademark nine-metre pirate "mother-ship" escorting two small skiffs had been spotted long before by its intended prey, a French warship bristling with cannons, radar and well-trained servicemen.

    The frigate Nivose, one of the ships regularly patrolling the region as part of the European Union anti-piracy mission called Atalanta, made every effort to keep the pirates thinking it was a merchant vessel.

    The lieutenant commander of the Nivose, Jean-Marc Le Quilliec, dashed out of his cabin, certain the pirates spotted by a Spanish vessel the previous day were at his mercy.

    At about 3pm Sydney time, the French vessel moved into the sun to keep its cover. "They're speeding right towards us," Commander Le Quilliec marvelled.

    "Let's just head into the sun - and then we'll turn around to hit them head on."

    When the unsuspecting pirates were close enough, the Nivose unleashed commandos on outboards and dispatched a helicopter to intercept the pirates, leaving them no chance.

    "It's the exact same location as the case of the Safmarine Asia," Commander Le Quilliec said, referring to an interception his ship carried out on April 15 during an attack on a Liberia-flagged merchant vessel.

    This time, the helicopter fired two warning shots to stop one of the two skiffs from fleeing. There was only one pirate left on the mother ship, which was also intercepted moments later, with nothing on board except fuel and sacks of potatoes.

    "He apparently thought the pirates had hijacked us," said Commander Le Quilliec.

    The French forces found two Kalashnikov assault rifles on one of the skiffs, ammunition, a rocket-launcher and five grenades which were deemed a hazard by the Nivose command and tossed into the sea. The 11 captured pirates, some of them apparently very young, looked exhausted and were made to sit on the deck with their hands on their heads as the French forces searched them.

    "The guys we catch are getting younger and younger," said one navy soldier. "Look at this one - he can't be 17."

    Senior officers on the ship said a decision would be made later on whether or not the suspects would be transferred and where to. In recent weeks, the French navy has handed over dozens of suspected pirates to the authorities of Puntland - a northern Somali breakaway state which is a major piracy hub - and Kenya.

    The European Union and the United States have memorandums of understanding with Kenya to enable the transfer of suspected pirates to the courts in the coastal city of Mombasa.
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    Of course they attacked it, it's the French.
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    The French seem to be making a real commitment to helping to stop these guys. Great job!!
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    I would have loved to have been on that french ship!
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    I would have loved to have been on that french ship!
    If the french are frogs, would their ships be lily-pads?
    Posted from yo' mama's house.


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    Too... many ... jokes ... about the ... French .... armed forces ... can't pick one!

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    They found the only food on the pirates ship.. potatoes.... so they made french fries.
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    Well done!!

 

 

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