Monday, October 29, 2007

Go Navy! Beat Army!

The USS Porter has attacked pirate vessels using naval gunfire off the coast of Somalia. The USS Arleigh Burke, also a guided missile destroyer, has entered into Somalian sovereign water (with the permission of their 'government') in pursuit of pirates that have hijacked a freighter full of Benzene.

The Porter sank the pirate skiffs in-tow aft of the freighter, but had to beak off pending permission to enter Somalian waters. The Burke received permission and the chase is on.

It's fairly clear to me how this one will pan out--even without my experience based bias on this topic. Let me give you a side-by-side comparison:

Them Us Winner

Us... Are you kidding?

Us again.

Us again.

The clear winner? Us. Don't make us come and take that ship back for its rightful owners. It won't be the first time the U.S. Navy has kicked the ass of some African pirates. How do you think the Marines got "the shores of Tripoli" to their song and gained the name "Leathernecks". (I know that the picture above is of SEAL's, but it would be most likely them taking the ship back anyhow).

Ending nearly 200 years of oppression and extortion. The US Navy has been sticking it to Moors, fascists, dictators and Islamic Fundamentalists since October 13th, 1775.

Good Hunting Burke and Porter. Fair Winds and Following Seas.

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