Update on the Hijacked Ship Loaded with Tanks

Somali pirate demands $20 million ransom

As a heavily armed U.S. freighter patrolled nearby and planes flew overhead, a Somali pirate spokesman told The Associated Press his group was demanding a $20 million ransom to release a cargo ship loaded with Russian tanks.

He claims they’ll fight to the death if anyone tries to retake the ship.

Oh, and the “freighter”? This is it:

Starboard bow view of the Arleigh Burke Flight IIA Aegis Class guided missile destroyer USS HOWARD (DDG 83) underway at high speed during her builder\'s acceptance trials. Photographer\'s Name: BATH IRON WORKS Date Shot: 5/21/2001

Starboard bow view of the Arleigh Burke Flight IIA Aegis Class guided missile destroyer USS HOWARD (DDG 83) underway at high speed during her builder's acceptance trials. Photographer's Name: BATH IRON WORKS Date Shot: 5/21/2001

Not exactly a tramp steamer…

Comments

  1. The MSNBC web bowser for fact checking must have been down for repairs..or, judging by some of their other reports, permanently broken…

  2. “He claims they’ll fight to the death if anyone tries to retake the ship.”

    Please U.S. Navy…….Make his wish come true!

  3. I’m surprised they identified them as planes and not flying pigs.

    Americans have along standing tradition of helping other achieve their potentials and goals Toejam. They want to die for Allah, and we’d like to help them. 🙂

  4. Sounds like we are just keeping an eye on things until the Ruskies arrive. They can do the shooting this time. The Somalia pirates might find that Ivan isn’t very concerned about collateral damage or the health of non-combatants.

    Then, they can get their shipment of tanks to Sudan back underway to help get rid of those pesky people in Darfur.

  5. Howcome there is no CIWS on this ship.

    Has the Phalanx been replaced ?

    They usually have a CWIS in front just below the bridge.

  6. Russ: That’s been a subject of some contention

    In a nutshell:

    But since 2002, destroyers have come from the builders without the guns, as plans called for a new missile, the Evolved Sea Sparrow, to take their place. But technical problems delayed the missile’s fleet introduction, so commanders decided in 2002 to outfit new ships with the standard CIWS until the ESSM came online. Eventually, every DDG 51-class destroyer will carry both.

    In the interim, some of the Navy’s newest ships have cruised without CIWS in hot spots throughout the world,

  7. The ship is under Ukrainian registry, and I’ve yet to see any reports that the cargo is being moved for the Russians. If they get involved the situation will suddenly be a lot more complicated.

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