Captain Freed

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  1. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

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    Just in from FOX news. The Capt of the hijacked ship has been freed. three of the pirates on the life raft are killed. No further details as of yet.
     
  2. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Hey! How good is that? :):):)

    Can't wait to get the details.
     

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  4. RunningOnMT

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    This truly is great. I tell ya that guy has guts. Just shows what can be accomplished when one takes responsibility for his own condition.

    I can't help but think the word SEAL plays in here somewhere.
     
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    outstanding, some excellent news.
     
  6. Silencer

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    The best news for Easter Sunday, now isn't it! Great job to our military, no doubt.

    I imagine the 'frogs' put a hole in the bottom of the boat that dumped everybody on the raft into the water. Then, picked the hostage out of the crowd from under the water and gave him a scuba tank. Next, it was eliminate the rest. (I bet they used this... http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/4223354.html)
     
  7. artabr

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    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D97H2KO80&show_article=1

    Official: US sea captain freed in swift firefight


    MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) - An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a U.S. Navy operation that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.
    One of the pirates was wounded and in custody after a swift firefight, the official said.

    Capt. Richard Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.


    The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    A government official and others in Somali with knowledge of the situation had reported hours earlier that negotiations for Phillips' release had broken down.

    The district commissioner of the central Mudug region said talks went on all day Saturday, with clan elders from his area talking by satellite telephone and through a translator with Americans, but collapsed late Saturday night.

    "The negotiations between the elders and American officials have broken down. The reason is American officials wanted to arrest the pirates in Puntland and elders refused the arrest of the pirates," said the commissioner, Abdi Aziz Aw Yusuf. He said he organized initial contacts between the elders and the Americans.

    Two other Somalis, one involved in the negotiations and another in contact with the pirates, also said the talks collapsed because of the U.S. insistence that the pirates be arrested and brought to justice.

    Phillips' crew of 19 American sailors reached safe harbor in Kenya's northeast port of Mombasa on Saturday night under guard of U.S. Navy Seals, exhilarated by their freedom but mourning the absence of Phillips.

    Crew members said their ordeal had begun with the Somali pirates hauling themselves up from a small boat bobbing on the surface of the Indian Ocean far below.

    As the pirates shot in the air, Phillips told his crew to lock themselves in a cabin and surrendered himself to safeguard his men, crew members said.

    Phillips was then held hostage in an enclosed lifeboat that was closely watched by U.S. warships and a helicopter in an increasingly tense standoff.

    Talks to free him began Thursday with the captain of the USS Bainbridge talking to the pirates under instruction from FBI hostage negotiators on board the U.S. destroyer.

    A statement from Maersk Line, owner of Phillips' ship, the Maersk Alabama, said "the U.S. Navy had sight contact" of Phillips earlier Sunday—apparently when the pirates opened the hatches.

    Before Phillips was freed, a pirate who said he was associated with the gang that held Phillips, Ahmed Mohamed Nur, told The Associated Press that the pirates had reported that "helicopters continue to fly over their heads in the daylight and in the night they are under the focus of a spotlight from a warship."

    He spoke by satellite phone from Harardhere, a port and pirate stronghold where a fisherman said helicopters flew over the town Sunday morning and a warship was looming on the horizon. The fisherman, Abdi Sheikh Muse, said that could be an indication the lifeboat may be near to shore.

    The U.S. Navy had assumed the pirates would try to get their hostage to shore, where they can hide him on Somalia's lawless soil and be in a stronger position to negotiate a ransom.

    Three U.S. warships were within easy reach of the lifeboat on Saturday. The pirates had threatened to kill Phillips if attacked.

    On Friday, the French navy freed a sailboat seized off Somalia last week by other pirates, but one of the five hostages was killed.

    Early Saturday, the pirates holding Phillips in the lifeboat fired a few shots at a small U.S. Navy vessel that had approached, a U.S. military official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

    The official said the U.S. sailors did not return fire, the Navy vessel turned away and no one was hurt. He said the vessel had not been attempting a rescue. The pirates are believed armed with pistols and AK-47 assault rifles.

    Phillips jumped out of the lifeboat Friday and tried to swim for his freedom but was recaptured when a pirate fired an automatic weapon at or near him, according to U.S. Defense Department officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk about the unfolding operations.

    "When I spoke to the crew, they won't consider it done when they board a plane and come home," Maersk President John Reinhart said from Norfolk, Virginia before news of Phillips' rescue. "They won't consider it done until the captain is back, nor will we."

    In Phillips' hometown, the Rev. Charles Danielson of the St. Thomas Church said before the news broke that the congregation would continue to pray for Phillips and his family, who are members, and he would encourage "people to find hope in the triumph of good over evil."

    Reinhart said he spoke with Phillips' wife, Andrea, who is surrounded by family and two company employees who were sent to support her.

    "She's a brave woman," Reinhart said. "And she has one favor to ask: 'Do what you have to do to bring Richard home safely.' That means don't make a mistake, folks. We have to be perfect in our execution."

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    Jakes reported from Washington. Associated Press writers who contributed to this report include Mohamed Olad Hassan and Mohamed Sheikh Nor in Mogadishu, Somalia and Michelle Faul and Tom Maliti in Nairobi, Kenya.
    Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.




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  8. catfish83861

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    Dang, now that makes this a very Happy Easter for me. Three bad guys dead and one bad guy wounded in custody.Most important one American safe and free:). Thanks for the note about fox.:D catfish
     
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    They should hang the last "pirate" from the yardarm, old school style. TJ
     
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    AMERICANS...GOD BLESS 'EM. 3 bad guys dead, one wounded...and hopefully talking his terrorist head off!! How 'bout this: Since our US Navy is there (GOD BLESS 'EM) we might as well stay another day or so and sink every 'pirate boat' we can find, and when the wounded one tells us where his buddies hang out, we can point our 'big guns' in that directon and blow them to hell. Hummmm.:cool:

    Thanks to this captain and his crew for their courage. But what else do we expect? After-all, they are A M E R I C A N S.:D

    johnfausch
    SMSgt USAF (Ret.)
     
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    Hell yeah! Glad to hear our guy is safe and three of these useless sad sacks of crap got what they deserve.
     
  12. artabr

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    I like the way you think John. ;) :)


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    No, "Take ye spar to thy diddybag! Arrrrrr!"
     
  14. cycloneman

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    i have heard some idiot on the news say that the piracy will not stop until Somilia gets their ecnomic problems together. Maybe we should print a trillion and give it to them:mad:. this is what you have with a country that can't leed itself, manufacture anything, or even raise it's own food. :mad:

    until next time.:mad:
     
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    :D ANCHORS AWAY!!! HOO RAH!
     
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