U.S. rescues Iranian ship held by pirates

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  1. quest7 macrumors member

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    The U.S. Navy has rescued an Iranian fishing vessel that had been held hostage by pirates for up to 45 days in the Arabian Sea, the military said Friday

    The rescue was performed Thursday by forces from the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, part of the 5th Fleet that was warned this week by Iran not to pass back through the Strait of Hormuz.

    According to a Navy press release, forces flying off the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd detected a suspected pirate vessel alongside Iranian fishing dhow Al Molai, which had also sent out a distress call saying it was being held by pirates.

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    Al Molai's crew was detained for between 40 and 45 days, enduring harsh conditions and possibly being forced to assist the pirates in other operations against their will, the Navy said.

    "When we boarded, we gave them food, water, and medical care," Josh Schminky, a Navy Criminal Investigative Service agent aboard the Kidd, said in the statement.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta commented on the rescue in a "Face the Nation" interview scheduled to air Sunday.

    "It's what we do. And it's what we do in that part of the world. We get a distress call, as we did in the case, even though it came from an Iranian ship when the pirates went after them we respond to those calls," Panetta said. "We did what we have to do in that situation. I think it just sends an important message to the world that the United States is going to abide by international rules and international order and that's exactly what we did here."

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    In the same interview, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the 15 suspected pirates surrendered without incident.

    "I think in the face of the overwhelming combat power that was presented I think the pirates made the right decision," he said.

    The suspects are currently being detained aboard the USS John C. Stennis. They had been using the Iranian vessel as a "mother ship" for pirating operations in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said.

    U.S. officials say the Iranian captain expressed his gratitude.

    The rescue comes amid escalating threats from Iran that it could block the Strait of Hormuz in response to stronger economic sanctions against Tehran over its disputed nuclear enrichment program.

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    Cool story
     
  2. soco macrumors 68030

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    Yeah just read about this on AP News. Made me smile. Now go ahead and lower our oil prices again. :p
     
  3. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    Really? And we are so close to war with Iran.
     
  4. quest7 thread starter macrumors member

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    The Navy just scored some cool points with me.
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Was the Iranian Navy unable to assist or were they too busy conducting their war games?
     
  6. soco macrumors 68030

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    Their ships were too busy watching our ships. ;)
     
  7. quest7 thread starter macrumors member

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    Lmao!
     
  8. carlgo macrumors 68000

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    The pirates had held the crew for 45 days? Why didn't they take the boat to their base and ransom it? What were they doing all that time? How did the navy get the call and know what boat it was and where it was (lots of these boats out in the gulf)?

    I don't think the navy would be randomly boarding Iranian boats at this time.
     
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    Convenient timing... and the crew suddenly could send a distress signal? Hmmm
     
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    I wonder that as well. I like it whenever we do something about those pirates over there, but it's a little shocking that we aided someone we consider a "threat". Maybe there was something the US wanted on that ship.
     
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    Whenever I hear of modern day pirates I always remember Wanda Sykes talking about them. :D

     
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    It occurred to me last night.... Even if the Iranian Navy had heard the distress call (it's possible the call was only heard in a small area, in which the US Navy just happened to have a ship or plane)....

    I don't think it would have gone well for the Iranian Navy had they decided to switch from a war-games footing - in which they are operating in pre-announced area - to an operational footing, armed their weapons, and started sailing full-speed towards who-knows-where.

    Imagine being the commander of an Iranian Navy ship and being told by HQ arm your weapons and operate aggressively - and then trying to tell the US Navy you don't actually mean them any harm? Yikes!

    I like it that when sailors issue a distress call, they get help regardless of the politics of their leaders. It's a comforting universal practice, in my opinion.
     
  13. interrobang macrumors 6502

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    Throughout history, countries have almost always considered pirates to be a universal threat over and above normal disagreements. The pirate that attacks your adversary's fishing boat today will attack your shipping tomorrow without a second thought. Unless there's a major war going on, no navy will tolerate pirates.
     
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    I'm sure the sailors and their families were ecstatic, so who gives a **** if their politicians are?
     
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    Ahaha, the USS Kidd stopping pirates? That's freaking hilarious! Whoever came up with that deserves a medal of some sort :D
     
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    Not really.
    The name has nothing to do with Captain Kidd.
     
  19. kolax macrumors G3

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    The Iranian Navy probably left it because they assumed it could be a US trap - too much risk. Good on the US Navy for recusing them though. Wonder what they fed them?
     
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    This sort of "world policing" by the US is a helluva lot better than their usual "world policing."
     
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    I am looking out my window if I can see any flying pigs…

    I actually agree with *LTD*. ;) :eek:
     
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    Oh, I'm sure it's entirely unintentional. I still find it pretty funny, although I suppose you're entitled to your own opinion... :rolleyes:
     
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    To conclude this lesson, the good captain's vessel was the Adventure Prize.
     
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    Oh believe me, I know all about it. Defoe's "A General History of Pyrates" prides my bookshelf! :)
     
  25. turtle777 macrumors 6502a

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    You are right, nobody in their right mind should give a *&%$# about what Iranian politicians think or say.

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