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Old 04-08-2009, 03:29 PM
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What a bunch of crap! These slimeballs are capturing US ships now!
Clinton is calling for "international action" but I say screw that! Let's send a battle ship or more to shell their home ports for a few days! Just enough to toast every thing floating!
It worked in Tripoli...
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I agree. The "skinnies" are a bunch of animals! Once they get a taste of U.S. Firepower they'll start fighting each other
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They were just after the good eats in the galley.

Yar!
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Some of those crew members live right here in Hampton Roads. The shipping line US headquarters is in Norfolk. The Navy is sending the USS Bainbridge DDG-96 homeported here in Norfolk also, is a half a day out.

I hope the kick some ass big time!!
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I think that "open Season" is about to be declared on pangas in that area. If they are attacking ships 300 miles out I am sure there is a mothership out there that would make a great target for a seal team......or an A10.
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Remember Mogadishu? They think they kicked our asses. Thank goodness we took a poll and got out of there. Nothing is going to be done. Just get used to the global community.
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How the bad guys on the sea were handled 67 years ago by our fine young men in the merchant marine.



On September 27, 1942, the Liberty Ship, Stephen Hopkins, encountered the German auxiliary cruiser Stier and her escort, the blockade runner Tannenfels in the South Atlantic. The Stier was an armed commerce raider. The Tannenfels delivered supplies and took off prisoners from surface raiders operating in the South Atlantic. The Stephen Hopkins carried a crew of forty and a fifteen-man naval armed guard. She was under the command of Captain Paul Buck. Her main firepower was one 4-inch gun and dual 37-mm machine guns mounted on the bow. Refusing to strike his colors, but with German shells on their way, Captain Buck made his decision. He would fight rather than surrender. The Stier had met and sunk 19 other merchant vessels of various Allied nationalities. None of these ships put up any resistance. The American tanker Stanvac Calcutta put up a fight but was sunk with the loss of fourteen of her crew, including the captain, and two members of her armed guard. A gun battle between the Stephen Hopkins and the Steir and Tannenfels ensued reminiscent of the ship-to-ship battles of the War of 1812. The Stier was to follow the Stephen Hopkins to the bottom in the 2,200 fathom deep above which they had duelled. The Tannenfels, although damaged, made Bordeaux. Fifteen survivors of the Stephen Hopkins sailed a lifeboat 1000 miles from the site of the battle to a landing at the small Brazilian fishing village of Barra do Itabopana. There were many heroes of this battle; however, with the Navy gun crew dead or dying about him and the magazine afire below, Cadet Midshipman Edwin J. O'Hara continued firing the Hopkins' 4-inch shells until he ran out of shells. He was later killed by flying shrapnel. The cover painting hangs in O'Hara Hall at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Cadet O'Hara was 18 years of age. He had escaped the blazing engine room, had learned basic gunnery at the Merchant Marine Academy, and from his friend, Ensign Kenneth M. Willett, U.S.N.R., commander of the naval armed guard who was also fatally wounded in the gun battle. O'Hara single handedly manned the 4-inch gun, loading and firing the remaining five rounds scoring hits on the Stier and Tannenfels. The nation bestowed a whole cluster of posthumous awards on the ship and her heroic company. The Stephen Hopkins herself was awarded a Gallant Ship citation, and two later Liberty Ships were christened the Stephen Hopkins and the Paul Buck. A destroyer escort (DE*354) was named for Ensign Willett. For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage, Willett was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. The Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medals were posthumously bestowed on Captain Buck and Cadet Midshipman O'Hara.
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Flotco! Thanks for the history lesson!
Anyway GO NAVY! Get those pirate SOBs and burn 'em!
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Great story!

Looking at the painting - I'm a thinking that his cap being still on his noggin was a bit of artistic license!
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Well maybe if we just talk to them, you know, show them that we will listen and not be arrogant. Possibly we could send a boat load of money over there...for the children.
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Forget ships, send this...



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Originally Posted by thubert57 View Post
I hope the kick some ass big time!!







With the current crop of bozo's running things, KISS azz is more like it...

Enough of this "only fire after being fired upon" nonsense.

Forget this PC crap. Let the soldiers do what they have been trained to do! Kill the bad guys!
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Originally Posted by Mr. Paul View Post
Remember Mogadishu? They think they kicked our asses.







Well, from what I heard, they did.

We knew where the red zone was. Why didn't we just blow it off the face of the map?

Oh yeah, that's right. We do "touchy-feely" operations...

I feel for the troops on the front lines. They mostly have a bunch of NIMRODS calling the shots.

We should have gone in there, kicked azz and not taken any names...
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The aegis system can track and fire upon more skinnies then they can muster up in one time. GO NAVY!!!
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We should trade the captain for John Kerry. Then we can watch Kerry show us how diplomacy works. With a little luck maybe Kerry will disappear.

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