Somali pirates attack French Flagship!

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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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  • Prettypete Prettypete on Oct 14, 2009

    And Dankuwel, Royal Nethaerlands Navy!

  • Burco Burco on Jan 22, 2010

    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.........