Good thing that the tanker took evasive moves, causing the pirates to FLEE.
"Seven pirates attempted to attack the Norwegian-flagged MV Front Ardenne late Saturday but fled after crew took evasive maneuvers and alerted warships in the area"
So the tanker, taking evasive maneuvers on it's own was able to avoid be pirated, and even caused the pirates to flee.
Not to be outdone, though the Canadian warship , the HMCS Winnipeg, turned off it's lights and chased the fleeing pirate skiff for seven hours!
How big is the HMCS Winnipeg? Reading the link, it is very big, it has it's own weapons and comes with it's own helicopter. It has a speed of 30+knots.
Amazingly this ship chased the fleeing pirate skiff for 7 hours with it's lights off?
The ships spokesperson is quoted as saying "We blocked their path," said Michael McWhinnie, a spokesperson on the ship. "We were faster and surprisingly more manoeuvrable than the pirate skiff."
Now, who knows exactly what a skiff is? I didn't, and I had to go check it out.
None of the news article describe the skiff. Though the Norwegian tanker is described and the HMCS Winnipeg was described in a different article. There was no description of the mighty pirate skiff ?
Thinking this must be one hell of a boat! I mean to attempt to board a 150,000 ton tanker and have a patrol frigate chase it for 7 hours in the dark, this boat had better be amazing.
What is this 'skiff''?
The term skiff is used, and has been used, to refer to many various types of small boats.
The skiff can be powered by sails, oars or a motor. The skiff is typically small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and a flat stern.
Here are some Somali pirates in their skiff
What about 20-24 feet long, with an outboard motor. Did the fleeing skiff finally run out of gas while being pursued by the HMCS Winnipeg. Does this boat or any of the other pirate skiffs seem a match for any of the tankers or armed boats patrolling the Gulf of Aden?
Like I asked yesterday, are these big ships allowing themselves to be boarded or what?
Oh and btw, Prime Minister Harper is very proud of the Canadian ship and it's crew.
Harper praises crew for foiling pirate attack
Last week President Obama was proud this week PM Harper is proud.
I am thinking all the western leaders will have an opportunity soon to be "proud" of their military, for making such a fine show of things in the Gulf of Aden, for the western audience.
Sometimes these incidents just feel a little too made for prime time!