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    Who'd a thunk it?
    PARIS (Reuters) - France intercepted 11 suspected Somali pirates on Sunday after they mistook a French naval ship for a commercial vessel and started heading toward it in preparation for an attack, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.
    Heavily-armed Somali pirates have stepped up their attacks on vessels in Indian Ocean shipping lanes and the Gulf of Aden, capturing dozens of vessels, kidnapping hundreds of hostages and raking in millions of dollars in ransoms.
    The French navy seized the suspected pirates, who were in three small boats, 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) off the coast of Somalia in the Indian Ocean.

    “They confused the Nivose with a commercial ship and rushed toward it, to intercept it,” the spokesman said.
    “The Nivose then put its own craft in the water with its commandos and sent out a helicopter and stopped these 11 pirates who were on these three boats.”
    Two were small boats which the pirates use for attacks and the third was the mother ship which is used to transport supplies such as petrol, water and food.
    The commandos also found guns and rockets on the boats.
    “The pirates are currently on the Nivose,” he said.
    “For the moment we don’t have any indication of what the European Union forces want to do with these pirates.”
    A French naval patrol seized three more pirates in Seychelles’ waters on Saturday and handed them over to the coastguard, the islands’ president’s office said.
    The attacks have disrupted U.N. aid supplies, driven up insurance costs and forced some firms to consider routing cargo between Europe and Asia around South Africa instead.
    Naval forces from the United States, Europe and Asia have been deployed to protect merchant ships.

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    Would've been better had they not been French, but HOOAH none the less! :celebrate

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    Now how can this ship (Nivose) be mistaken for a merchie? Dumbass pirates for sure!




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    Huck wrote:
    Now how can this ship (Nivose) be mistaken for a merchie?
    Easy. That's not a gun turret on the front. That's a derreck for loading and unloading the forward cargo hold.

    I betpirates will beshopping for stronger binoculars after word of thatlittle encounter gets around.


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    All those complaints about the French can now be put to rest for at least 12 hours.

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    Airforce1 wrote:
    Who'd a thunk it?
    “For the moment we don’t have any indication of what the European Union forces want to do with these pirates.”
    I need to sight in my mini 14.

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    First of all the other NATO countries and the French despite what you hear on right wing radio are in fact helping with the war on terror. They may have not helped in Iraq but they are very active in Afghanistan. Here is a listing of the unites there. The French still has the foreign logion as an operating unit. When I was in Germany I did get to go to French Commando school. It was a veryhard school.

    I just get tired of peoplel running them down when they are in fact doing their part. Oh by the way it was a wonder they did not just sink the ships.


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    French troops as part of ISAF in Kabul.
    2,725 French troops are deployed to the Afghanistan area of operations with 1,500 assigned to ISAF and 400 assigned to the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom. [21][/suP]


    The largest French contingent is based in Kabul, where it is charge of the French control zone in Kabul's northern districts, the Shomali Plain and Deh Sabz. It includes 540 troops from the following units:


    • Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams

    French OMLT have been assigned to the 1st Brigade of the Afghan National Army's 201st Corps since August 2006. The OMLT advise the Afghan military on soldier training and education, assist with planning and conduct of operations and coordinate actions with ISAF. Soldiers from the 27th Mountain Infantry are currently manning two OMLT. Soldiers of the 6th Light Armored Brigade and the 2nd Logistics Brigade arrived in Afghanistan on December 28, 2007 to staff two new OMLT, one for an engineering/artillery battalion and another for a logistics battalion. In February 2008, French advisers resumed full supervision of the staff of the 1st Brigade, previously shared with U.S. soldiers. France also will deploy another OMLT during 2008 that will be attached to the Dutch contingent deployed in the Oruzgan province.

    Three Rafale F2 and three Mirage 2000D operate from Kandahar International Airport,[22][/suP] alongside two KC-135 refueling aircraft which are based in Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. fr:Escadron de chasse 1/7 Provence currently supplies the three aircraft. The French Naval battlegroup, including Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle has also carried out several deployments to the Indian Ocean, providing support for ground troops with its twenty-five Rafale and Super Etendards.

    The French Air Force previously deployed the Dassault Mirage 2000D ground attack aircraft to Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan from 2002 to 2004. Then from 2004 to 2007, they stayed at Dushanbe, Tajikistan.


      • Task Force Arès

    In 2001 and beginning again in the summer of 2003, 200 soldiers from various units of the Commandement des Opérations Spéciales, including Navy, marine and air commandos, have conducted operations against the Taliban with great success in southern Afghanistan, under command and in co-operation with U.S. special operations forces present in the area. At least seven members of French Special Forces units have died in southern Afghanistan in the past year. They were withdrawn early 2007 and replaced by regular infantry, currently by the elite 2nd Infantry Regiment 2ème REI of the Foreign Legion (Légion Etrangère).

    • 1er Régiment de Parachutistes d'Infanterie de Marine

    1st RPIMa (RPIMa standing for Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment) is part of the BFST Brigade des Forces Spéciales Terre.[23][/suP] It was first involved in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and then again from 2003. This unit is the French equivalent of the British SAS, and was created after World War II when 3 SAS and 4 SAS were handed over to the French as they had been Free French forces units. It serves today as the combat group of the French Special Operations Command (COS).

    • 13ème Régiment de Dragons parachutistes

    13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment This unit is, alongside the 1st RPIMa, the other ground component of the BFST. It is specialized in the collection of informations behind enemy lines and was the first French unit officially involved in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001.

    • Commandos Parachutistes de l'Air n°10

    Air Parachute Commando number 10, the French Air Force's premier combat unit, specialized in assaulting and defending airfields, part of the COS.

    • Commandos Marine Jaubert, Trépel, de Montfort, de Penfentenyo

    French equivalent of the Navy SEALs, the Commandos Marine are French Navy. The unit specializes in all kinds of amphibious operations and infantry combat as well as special operations behind enemy lines such as sabotage and reconnaissance The different commandos, which regroup around a hundred men, bear the names of French officers who died during World War two and were members of the French Free forces commandos, forged on the model of newly born British commandos operating under the command of Lord Mountbatten.

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    I agree with you thnycav, the French armed forces are first rate and always have been. No braver and tougher Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmenhave ever lived.Sadly, since Napoleon's time they've had few commanders, Military and civilian,worthy tolead them.
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    Huck wrote:
    I agree with you thnycav, the French armed forces are first rate and always have been. No braver and tougher Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmenhave ever lived.Sadly, since Napoleon's time they've had few commanders, Military and civilian,worthy tolead them.
    The French have historically had an abundance of personal bravery, and national cowardice. There are no finer small unit fighters than the French, and no worse appeasers than their national leaders.

    Yes, I have a few C&R French rifles, and I've repeated all the same jokes (never fired, only dropped once; has some scars from hobnail boots; etc.)

    Jokes and stereotypes aside, the truth is that French fighting forces are some of the finest in the world.


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    Huck wrote:
    Now how can this ship (Nivose) be mistaken for a merchie? Dumbass pirates for sure!



    And those aren't really Exocet missiles on the 03 deck, either.

    Silly@$$ pirates!
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    Anyone really have to ask why the French aren't in Iraq? Could it be because they were STILL supplying Sodom Insane AFTER the Embargo was put in place and that one of the FIRST aircraft shot down by the Iraqis in this war was taken down by a FRENCH CROTALE missile manufactured AFTER the date of the embargo??? They were shooting at OUR people with RECENTLY manufactured FRENCH military equipment!

    Don't even let me get started on the Germans and Russians, either. I may say something that might not be declassified yet...
    "If I know that I am headed for a fight, I want something larger with more power, preferably crew-served.
    However, like most of us, as I go through my daily life, I carry something a bit more compact, with a lot less power."
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    MSC 45ACP wrote:
    Anyone really have to ask why the French aren't in Iraq?
    Because they are smarter than Americans.

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    Tomahawk wrote:
    MSC 45ACP wrote:
    Anyone really have to ask why the French aren't in Iraq?
    Because they are smarter than Americans.


    ROFL-OWNED

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