June 16, 2019

Aussie Navy rescues hostages from pirates

Aw fair suck of the dohw mate, you can't go around taking a Yemeni blokes boat.

Australian sailors from HMAS Stuart have boarded a ship in the Gulf of Aden, rescuing hostages who had been held captive by pirates for three weeks.

HMAS Stuart, patrolling the area off the coast of north east Africa as part of a multinational counter-piracy operation.

The Yemeni dhow was sighted on Monday morning and boarded by sailors from the Stuart after it was decided the boat looked suspicious.

There was no resistance but the sailors soon discovered that of the 18 people on board, 15 of them were Somali pirates.

The three Yemeni crew members said they had been captured by the pirates 20 days before.

The boarding party seized 11 AK-47 assault rifles, 16 magazines, small arms ammunition and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher complete with grenade. The weapons were thrown overboard.

The pirates were released in their skiff after being given food, water, fuel and communications equipment. The Yemenis were escorted from the area in their boat.

Newswarped is puzzled why the pirates were let go. So they are free to be pirates again another day. How is that a deterent? Ok so it was not a supertanker, but small time criminals start out small and work up from there.

The Chief Joint Operations, Lieutenant-General Mark Evans, said he was pleased with the way HMAS Stuart’s crew handled a difficult and dangerous mission.

”No shots were fired by either HMAS Stuart or the pirates and no threats were made by the pirates to harm the Yemeni crew once they saw the boarding party rapidly secure the dhow,” he said.

”The boarding party did extremely well in maintaining the safety of the dhow’s crew and ensuring a potentially challenging situation did not escalate.”

It is the second brush with pirates for HMAS Stuart in the last two weeks. In late March it was revealed that HMAS Stuart machinegunned an unmanned skiff being towed by a pirate mothership.

Newswarped suggests that machine gunning the pirate mother ship is a far better option.