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Team America World Police Swashbuckles With Pirates

Posted on Feb 11, 2009
USS Vella Gulf
U.S. Navy / Spc. Jason R. Zalasky

The USS Vella Gulf.

A U.S. Navy vessel boarded an alleged pirate skiff and arrested seven suspects Wednesday after a merchant ship radioed that it was under attack. The USS Vella Gulf is part of a U.S. task force launched to curb Somali piracy in the Gulf of Aden. The Navy says it will hand the suspects over to Kenyan authorities.

AP via Google:

The U.S. Navy has seized seven suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden after a merchant ship sent a distress call saying gunmen had tried to board it from a skiff.

Lt. Nathan Christensen, a spokesman for the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, says the Marshal Islands-flagged Polaris sent the call on Wednesday afternoon.

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By hippy pam, February 12, 2009 at 7:08 am Link to this comment

Team America World Police…..At least the didn’t put them in a FACILITY….where they would stay for 20+/- years-at AMERICAN EXPENSE-while someone somewhere tries to decide if and what crime might….just possibly have been committed….and by whom….and when…..and where…..and which one had which gun…..and was the weapon illegal….and so on….and so on…..

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By Rik Arndt, February 11, 2009 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment
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If they are interested in taking on pirates, they should start boarding Israeli patrols that are illegally confiscating private property in international waters.

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By purplewolf, February 11, 2009 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

Team America World Police-exactly, one of the reasons it is bankrupt.

BTW loved the movie. Really dumb, but much of it accurate.

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