U.S. Navy sailors from the guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea rescued 26 crew members of a Liberian-flagged tanker after an attack by pirates off Yemen on Wednesday, according to Navy and media reports.
A rocket-propelled grenade struck the 144,000-ton crude carrier Brilliante Virtuoso in an early-morning pirate attack, setting fire to crew quarters on the vessel, according to a report from Reuters Africa.
"It is understood that the pirates fired RPG into the accommodation area, which started a fire," ship manager Central Mare Inc. said in a statement quoted by Reuters Africa. "As a result the pirates abandoned their efforts to take control of the ship and left the scene, and the master ordered evacuation of all crew members."
The Philippine Sea responded to a distress call from the Brilliante Virtuoso and found the crew of 26 Filipinos in a lifeboat. The U.S. ship did not see any sign of pirates, according to the Combined Maritime Forces, a 25-nation coalition under which the Philippine Sea was operating.
Two tug boats dispatched from Aden were escorting the tanker with its load of a million barrels of fuel oil to safe port, Reuters Africa reported.
those butttpiirates of are carribean are at it again. dabg lesbeans.
gay lesbean pirates just make me sick. i hope we give em casey anthony. theyd know what to do to her.
You DO know what "lesbean" means, don't you, nancine?
Why don't big ships carry a 50 cal? Problem solved. And I lurv lesbeans...
a few reasons:
1. if tankers and other cargo vessels started to carry weapons then pirates would start with more drastic attacks leaving more people dead
2. carrying ordnance on a vessel with 1,000,000 barrels of oil could spell disaster.
3. a lot of countries will not let you enter their ports with fire arms
Its our own fault for not guarding the ships! And its a dilemma if we give the ships weapons they will be more drastic if we don't give them weapons they're sitting ducks
We should just let them steal the oil, I'm pretty sure they knew those waters were unsafe before sailing into them. I think we should waste more tax dollars protecting ships from other countries who sail into known pirate waters. *Stupid*
I SUPPORT THESE PIRATES 100%. MORE POWER TO THEM!!! MAY THEY CONTROL THE OPEN SEAS! They are just taking advantage of these tankers' stupidity, idiocy for not arming themselves. The captain and crew are just "hoping for the best" when they go out to sea, hoping and praying that they won't get attack. If they're stupid enough not to defend themselves then they deserve what they get!!!!
MY BROTHERRRRRR is one of the rescue swimmers ðŸ™‚ go navyyyy
So cool, Maggie! My brother was on the ship! Go Navy!
so was my brother in law!
Maggie it's Molly your cousin! I am so proud of cuddles!! USA!
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Ironic that a Navy vessel named the Philippine Sea rescued 26 Filipinos.
Piracy was introduced by the British mostly against the Spanish boats to steal the new world gold. The British were brutal, no prisoners were taken.