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    Fleet oiler repels suspected pirates




    By Andrew Scutro - Staff writer
    Posted : Friday Sep 26, 2008 8:11:43 EDT

    NORFOLK, Va. — A Navy security team aboard the fleet oiler John Lenthall kept two small boats at bay with warning shots on Tuesday near Somalia, according to a bulletin from 5th Fleet in Bahrain.
    The waters off the Horn of Africa have been fertile hunting grounds for pirates in recent years despite the efforts of allied navies to thwart attacks on commercial shipping. Information on the Sept. 23 incident clearly states that the intent of the small boat operators was uncertain, but notes the boats were in pursuit of the 41,000-ton Military Sealift Command ship and maneuvering “consistent with reports of previous attacks on merchant vessels in the region.”
    No injuries were reported and “all shots were accounted for as they entered the water.”
    MSC ships are manned by civilians but do embark Navy security detachments. The John Lenthall is a Kaiser-class fleet oiler and replenishes strike group ships while underway.
    It was also noted that the incident did not take place inside the recently established “Maritime Security Patrol Area”, a zone in the Gulf of Aden to focus on piracy.
    For years, U.S. Navy warships have continuously patrolled and sometimes pursued pirates in small boats in the waters off the coast of Somalia.
    In March, an Egyptian man approaching in a small boat was shot and killed by the security team aboard a U.S.-flagged cargo ship as it transited the Suez Canal.
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    ...And shephards we shall be. For thee my lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from thy hand. That our feet may swiftly carry out thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to thee. And teeming with souls shall it ever be. E Nomini Patri, E Fili, E Spiritu Sancti.

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    I guess the pirates would've been saying "argh matey" in somalian?

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      a bunch of clicks and tongue slappin.....hey, you could be an interpreter....LOL!!!
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      ...And shephards we shall be. For thee my lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from thy hand. That our feet may swiftly carry out thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to thee. And teeming with souls shall it ever be. E Nomini Patri, E Fili, E Spiritu Sancti.

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