Thursday, November 13, 2008

Royal Navy in Firefight

Last year when Iran captured eight British sailors, including a woman, in pathetic looking rubber dingys, you had to think it was the lowest point in the history of the proud organization. Nelson, up above somewhere, was once again holding up the telescope to his blind eye so as not to view that disgrace.

But if the sailors are allowed to do their jobs, as we see here, the dingys can be effective. (Story)

In the ensuing gunfight, two Somali pirates in a Yemeni-registered fishing dhow were killed, and a third pirate, believed to be a Yemeni, suffered injuries and subsequently died. It was the first time the Royal Navy had been engaged in a fatal shoot-out on the high seas in living memory.

Hat tip: Fydor

UPDATE: When speaking of rubber dingys, I couldn't help but think of the Rowan Atkins' Barclay Card commercials they used to show when I was in England. (See here youtube) In the UK the commercials are often better than the programing.

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