Pirates seize $100m Saudi Super Tanker

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  1. hypewaders Save Changes Registered Senior Member

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    You mean, like in the really dramatic movies. Somalis could give it a really cool soundtrack. But I think this probably ends with an unappealing and short stacatto firefight.

    Let's all join in singing and dancing a descriptive old shanty or two:

     
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  3. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

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    Arrrg , go pirates.
     
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  5. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

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    I imagine there will be a booming mercenary business on cargo ships soon.
     
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    Argggggg! Ahoy matees!

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  10. Killjoy Propelling The Farce!! Valued Senior Member

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    LoL

    Um... Yeah.

    Battleship USS Iowa (BB-61)
    [Decommissioned 1990]
    Displacement: 45,000 tons
    Length: 887 ft 3 in (270 m)
    Beam: 108 ft 2 in (32.9 m)
    Draft: 37 ft 2 in (11.3 m)
    Crew: 151 officers, 2637 enlisted
    Armament(circa 1982):9 x 16 in (406 mm) Mark 7 guns
    12 × 5 in (127 mm) Mark 12 guns
    32 x BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles
    16 x RGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship missiles
    4 x 20 mm/76 cal. Phalanx CIWS

    Destroyer USS Howard (DDG-83)
    Displacement: 9,200 tons
    Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.3 m)
    Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
    Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
    Crew:320 officers and enlisted
    Armament:1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems,
    96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
    1 × 5"/62 caliber (127mm/62 caliber), 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns, 2 × Phalanx CIWS
    2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes


    Pfft.

    Everybody knows we bust up "enemy weddings" with Hellfire missiles or JDAM bombs...

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  11. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

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    That's why we call them "smart" weapons. When fired, they go out searching for Muslim wedding parties, and when they find one .....BOOM!

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  12. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    S.A.M.

    You might as well be calling a leopard a saber tooth tiger, they may both be cats but there are many differences between the two. Battleships are a class of warship, just like destroyers, frigates, corvettes, etc, correction battleships were a class of warship, they are extinct, there has not been a battleship in service for years.

    Anyways I applaud the Indian frigate the got the pirate "mothership" We should have every offensively capable navy in the world off the coast of somalia, piracy has come back because we have not been giving it much attention. I love the part were the pirates actually fired first, on a frigate, what were they high? they had not chance except for run away!

    I would think "party-crasher" would be a better title.
     
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  13. superstring01 Moderator

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    Significant. Plus, nobody really uses cannons to attack broadsides anymore. Cruise missiles are the bag now.

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  14. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    If I give the way to stop these pesky people from doing this sort of thing will I be rewarded?:shrug:
     
  15. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

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    Hell, hijacking and/or piracy along the coast of Horn of Africa is EASY to stop. People just don't want to pay the price, that's all.

    I could stop it tomorrow, but no one is willing to pay the cost of long-term security. They're willing to gamble ...and it might be cheaper to let the bastards take a few ships!

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  16. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

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    Yeah, firing those big guns is SOOOOO much more fun!

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  17. synthesizer-patel Sweep the leg Johnny! Valued Senior Member

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    should we be expecting a sudden drop in global temperatures?

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  18. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

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    Good one!

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  19. Roman Banned Banned

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    I was thinking they'd have to be pretty stupid to steal a $100m tanker from anyone and not have some sort of plan B. Like sinking it if it gets boarded by Blackwater.

    Don't they broadside shit with rail guns? It gets past anti-missile defenses. The range on those things is pretty long, though. Maybe "broadside" isn't the right term.
     
  20. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Unless you can propose a mechanism for how pirates and global temperature are dependent variables, I don't think so.

    The Indian frigate which pwn those fuckers had a 100mm cannon. It also has 2 CIWS, not sure if those ones have HAS capability, if it do that 10,000rpm of 30mm shells that could have been dropped on those moronic pirates.
     
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  21. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    I believe that those are primararily used for incoming planes and missiles, not other ships.
     
  22. superstring01 Moderator

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    Really? Magnetic Rail Guns? I know they are in the experimental stage, I didn't know they were on ships. I'll have to dig. This comes as a surprise, considering that I'm a former squid myself.

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  23. synthesizer-patel Sweep the leg Johnny! Valued Senior Member

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    the mechanism is the anger of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at the lack of pirates in the world - its the same thing that causes tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes etc - Ignore those charlatans that say those things are all the fault of gays - how unscientific is that! I mean, we have a graph and everything!

    It's all in here - as a man of science I'm sure you will be impressed:

    http://www.venganza.org/
     

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