Times: "Pirates choose wrong target - a French warship"

Seaweed

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#3
In a sensible world, the minute the pirates fired their guns, the Fr ship would have opened fire in self-defence with everything & killed the lot of them.
 
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angrydoc

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#5
La Somme is a support ship - ? akin to the RFA (not really sure - correct me if wrong!) - perhaps why they didn't open fire.
 
#6
angrydoc said:
La Somme is a support ship - ? akin to the RFA (not really sure - correct me if wrong!) - perhaps why they didn't open fire.
Right on one Doc, wrong on another, such is life.

She is the equivalent to an RFA, but the article does state she had a 40mm gun, and missiles. :)
 
#7
Despite all her relative ifrepower etc one boat still managed to escape, seems they are little better than ours in coping with these pirate. They at least had the excuse of self defence.
 

Ageing_Gracefully

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#8
At least they caught one boat of pirates. At the moment it seems that the RN would turn tail as soon as comining under fire as they would not want to capture anyone. Maybe the surrender-monkey epithet has moved from La Belle France to Britain (noting that the RN are acting under government orders).

No doubt there will be some 'robust' responses from RRs, but if so please back up your argument (if you have one).
 
#9
Ageing_Gracefully said:
At least they caught one boat of pirates. At the moment it seems that the RN would turn tail as soon as comining under fire as they would not want to capture anyone. Maybe the surrender-monkey epithet has moved from La Belle France to Britain (noting that the RN are acting under government orders).

No doubt there will be some 'robust' responses from RRs, but if so please back up your argument (if you have one).
Like these examples, maybe?

Royal Navy (HMS Cumberland) in firefight with Somali pirates
Royal Navy frigate, HMS Portland disarms suspected pirate skiffs
Coalition Warship (HMS Campbeltown) Thwarts Pirate Attack in Arabian Sea
RFA Wave Knight Disrupts Pirate Attacks
Canadian and British Ships Foil Pirate Attack
 

Seaweed

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#10
Ageing gracefully displays his ignorance of (1) that the RoE are not set by the RN and (2) the risks, in many cases, to hostages - who would in efefct be 'human shields' - of peremptory action. Perhaps he would prefer 'Hostages shot dead by RN' on the front of his daily newspaper.
 
#11
Ageing_Gracefully said:
At least they caught one boat of pirates. At the moment it seems that the RN would turn tail as soon as comining under fire as they would not want to capture anyone. Maybe the surrender-monkey epithet has moved from La Belle France to Britain (noting that the RN are acting under government orders).

No doubt there will be some 'robust' responses from RRs, but if so please back up your argument (if you have one).
The one boat they caught surrendered with no shots fired according to the report I saw, so little warlike display by the Froggies here. It would seem they are as hamstrung as our guys by the polititians.
 
#12
Davies said NATO had no procedure to follow when capturing pirates, who typically had their weapons seized, were given provisions and were then released.

Many are starving in the world pirates are given "provisions". The way forward for the starving is become a pirate!!
 
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