October 07, 2009
Le N'Yar Fin
HA-ha! Somali pirates get a dose of French taunting:
In the darkness of the Indian Ocean, a bulky French re-fuelling vessel looked like easy pickings for two boatloads of Somali pirates as they drew alongside early today.
The men started their usual pre-boarding drill, letting loose with Kalashnikov assault rifles, when they noticed the 40 millimetre cannon and missiles on the deck above them. Their fat merchant ship was in reality La Somme, the 18,000 tonne flagship of the French navy's operations against Somali pirates.
"They understood their mistake too late," said Admiral Christophe Prazuck a navy spokesman, who recounted the second misguided assault on a French warship by bungling pirates in six months.
The attackers turned tail and the Somme, a refuelling ship and command vessel, steamed after them at its maximum 20 knots.
She caught up with one of the two boats after an hour and the five were captured without a struggle. The other boat got away. The French seamen found no weapons, water or food as the pirates had thrown all of their boat's contents overboard, said Admiral Prazuck.
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