Somali pirates attack French Flagship!

Stupidity and poor intel knows no limits. The Sydney Morning Herald reports

Somali pirates attempted to storm the French navy’s 18,000-tonne flagship in the Indian Ocean after mistaking it for a cargo vessel, the French military says.

The crew of La Somme, a 160-metre command vessel and fuel tanker, easily saw off the brazen night-time assault by lightly armed fighters on two lightweight skiffs and captured five pirates, a spokesman said.

“The pirates, who because of the darkness took the French ship for a commercial vessel, were on board two vessels and opened fire with Kalashnikovs,” Admiral Christophe Prazuck said in Paris.

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  • West

    And the Darwin Award goes to…

    Five jack-asses on a bass boat!

    Messieur Darwin must have been asleep to have missed these rocket surgeons.

  • Carl

    Maybe they were expecting the french to surrender?

  • Rather defines slow learners.

  • prettypete

    Good for these parasites! Sailors from my country (Philippines) have become prey to these lowlifes. One ship manned and captained by Filipinos was taken over at the Gulf of Aden and the entire crew subsisted almost entirely on water collected from an air conditioner and a loaf of bread during their ordeal. Their ship’s rooms also bore the bullet holes courtesy of the pirates as they partied up the ship. When their ransom was finally dropped (after months; by a plane), they were let go and a Dutch ship mercifully spotted them, gave them supplies, fuel, food, medical check-ups, and armed escort. Vive Le France!

  • prettypete

    And Dankuwel, Royal Nethaerlands Navy!

  • Burco

    As a Somali i dont agree with piracy but the stinking french and othe Eu countries keep stealing Fish and dumping chemical shit in our sea we can’t fish so we have hijack ships passing by, keep a way from our waters we keep a way from your ship we are somalis not………