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Swedish navy set to join hunt for pirates off Somali coast

AFP/The Local · 16 Apr 2009, 07:39

Published: 16 Apr 2009 07:39 GMT+02:00

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"Three Swedish navy warships and a German navy patrol airplane will shortly reinforce the existing European force made up of eight ships and two planes," Captain Juan Garat Carame said on Wednesday in a Spanish defence ministry statement.

The EU anti-piracy mission Atalante, its first-ever naval operation, began operations off the coast of Somalia in December 2008 in an effort to stop attacks in the Gulf of Aden, one of the world's busiest trade routes.

Spain took over the command of the mission from Britain earlier this year.

Last month the EU's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, said the bloc may extend the mission beyond its December 2009 completion date.

Sweden plans to send two corvettes, one support ship and a security force of about 160 personnel to help defend shipping lanes off the Somali coast.

In addition to the EU force, the United States, Russia, India, Turkey, China and others have deployed warships to protect international shipping. The pirates appear undaunted, however, and have even stepped up attacks.

Ransom-hunting Somali pirates attacked more than 130 merchant ships in the region last year, an increase of more than 200 percent on 2007, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

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They currently hold at least 18 ships and close to 300 seamen to ransom.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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07:02 April 16, 2009 by Mzungu
Mmmm. IMO that will be a great help!

*keep the flag flying,what*
07:44 April 16, 2009 by Snikk
I still don't understand how these "pirates" get away with this !

They were putting US Marshals on airplanes... so why don't they add a guy on each boat that can shoot/blow up these idiots and their piece of crap fishing boats before they even get near the ships.

Have you seen any interviews of these pirates? Bunch of boneheads!
08:09 April 16, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
The Swedish ships will come under direct attack by the pirates.

The will be hoping that they will get captured and face the full force of the Swedish justice system and get sentenced to a long term in a Swedish hard labour prison.

Then after 2 months of 5 star pampered Swedish prison luxury they will apply for refugee status
13:44 April 16, 2009 by Dazzler
14:33 April 16, 2009 by Blackodin
how do these pirates get automatic weapons,i dont think weapons are manufactured in somali,,,so where on earth do the weapons come from...?
15:19 April 16, 2009 by Shark99 - The Great Catsby
The weapons are either left-over Cold War stock or recently purchased with loot money. They could also have been provided by military advisors from other nations, etc. It's almost impossible to trace weapons in Africa because everybody wants to make money exporting them to that part of the world.

On another note, I'm glad to see that the Swedish Navy is expanding its role. I wonder if they will send a Visby corvette, or a larger mine tender.
16:32 April 16, 2009 by Shark99 - The Great Catsby
Actually Sarah Michelle Gellar is preggers so she might not want to go.
17:13 April 16, 2009 by Shark99 - The Great Catsby
Sounds good because they have a lot of balls.
18:38 April 16, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
Personally I'd like to see a task force set up which comprises of the people and hardware from various 80's gimmick shows.

Air Support

Airwolf, would of course be an obvious 1st choice. It would be great to see how much these piratical oafs would enjoy having a new arsehole shot out for them buy a facking great helicopter with chain guns, rocket launchers, stealth mode with a supersonic speed option. Blue Thunder could act as back up auxiliary (forever the shitty second fiddle).


Automan dragging KITT (in ski mode) would be a fair challenge for any peg legged, eye patch wearing fuzzy wuzzy looking to 'get it up him'. Automan's bright flashy exterior and KITT shouting out his pissy put-downs would be the perfect distraction that could allow The A-Team to catch our fly-blown friends unawares. Just imagine, one minute your firing indiscriminately at a bright fast moving 'Sprite' and it's accompanying loudmouth homosexual motor vehicle, the next you've got cabbages being volleyed into the back of your head and a groin full of highly pressurised soda in a surprise attack by a motley bunch of ne'er do wells launched from some recently acquired old tub held together by Gaffa tape and implausibility.

Artillary/Ground Support.

BJ & The Bear could take care of supply chain logistics, though BJ might want to keep a safe eye on his 'Bear', lest he end up feeding an African family of 8. Peripherals, such as empty boxes would be the responsibility of Fall Guy, with guard dog duties being handled by Manimal and Vincent from Beauty & The Beast. Street Hawk, Bo and Luke Duke could act as a reconnaissance scouts, with Daisy Duke taking care of catering, housekeeping and sexually laden double entendres.
19:32 April 16, 2009 by High Priestess Kang - Slut
LOL. BJ & the Bear!
19:36 April 16, 2009 by Bee

its got something to do with pirates Bob??
20:36 April 16, 2009 by Mzungu
What no 40mm Bofors?

*Haha..acoustics and slippery foam* :joke:

12:04 April 17, 2009 by Abdi Darar
my position has always been a comprehensive and peaceful solution and attending to the root cause of Somalia's sea piracy, not military solution.

Somalia Piracy Began in Response to Illegal Fishing and Toxic Dumping by Western companies Ships off Somali Coast. i think we have take look what caused for this problem and solve the grass root levels.
12:51 April 17, 2009 by Mzungu
How are we going to resume with your peaceful solution? Whom are we going to discuss with?

Not anyone with authority in Somalia,there is no such person or authority. It's every Somalian for him/herself period.

They are pirates and should be dealt with accordingly, no different today as it was 100's of years in the past..

*live by the gun,die by the gun,there are no excuses*
13:29 April 17, 2009 by Abdi Darar
Mzungu, Well its really complicated poeple dont understand either they are watching tv or it remains pirates of Carrabien or they think its funny but the

truth off pirates in somalia has deeply issue there is a reason why this started because majority of somalis ,

people beleive there is Illegal Fishing and Toxic Dumping waste by coast of somalia..... So when the international community trying solve those pirates also they must focus those companies who are damping the coast as Illigal.... than everything will be fine as usual..
14:11 April 17, 2009 by Mzungu

The fact is there is no rule of law in Somalia. Unscrupulous poeple in Somalia likely pay crooked companies to dump so called toxic waste, because of the lawlessness, that I cannot confirm either way.

Illegal fishing off the African continent is par to the course, if a country is unable to patrol their own territorial waters it's going to happen, but it's no reason to take up piracy. If that was so, half of the world would follow suit...

*afraid an iron fist is the requirement*
15:10 April 17, 2009 by Abdi Darar

actually you rised very importan question about the current political situation in somaia...

but let me tell you one thing piracy of somalia its one of the symptom of bigger problem.

For this reason the current attempts to fight piracy from the sea are only dealing with symptoms. They do not address the reasons why young men are prepared to risk their lives chasing ships around the ocean.

So the international community must find way out for perment solution the crisis of somalia by political means.. than for once and all the piracy will disappear from the heahdlines...
16:36 April 17, 2009 by Mzungu

Am afraid Somalia's problem like many other countries in Africa is not one for the UN or Europe. The western world has been told many a time by African heads of state, to mind your own buisness, "Africans will solve African problems", am still waiting.

However if there is no government or head of state of a country, which in the meantime has become a rough state,like a rabid dog it has to be put out of it's misery, or convert to the rule of law.

*simple really*
00:04 April 20, 2009 by Coalbanks
So kill all Somalis found at sea? Sure a few fishing crews will die but that's the risk they take for having a failed state, right? But no punishment for the Ethiopians & thier USA backers of the 2007 invasion of Somalia that sent it into an evan less stable state, right?
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