Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pirate Attack Thwarted?

One doubts the effectiveness of the current “ catch and release” program:

A NATO-supported Canadian navy ship, the HMCS Winnipeg, was returning from escorting a World Food Program vessel in the gulf when it saw the Norwegian ship under attack, Davies said. A British Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel, the Wave Knight, was also in the area.

The pirates were captured at 1 a.m. Sunday after they threw weapons, ladders and scaling equipment overboard, Davies said. Several rounds of ammunition were found on the pirates' boat.

The pirates were detained, but allowed to go free after questioning.

There is currently no formal procedure for  NATO  personnel to follow once they have apprehended pirates, Davies noted. Their weapons are confiscated and they are then typically given provisions and released.”

Let's see. Pirates caught in the act, questioned, given provisions, and set free. With provisions. I'm sure that has the pirates shaking in their boots.

What's next? Harsh language?