Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Dutch Marines execute PLAN SALAMANDER


Via WarNewsUpdate:
Dutch Marines Abseil On To A Hijacked Cargo Vessel To Rescue Its Crew And Arrest 10 Somali Pirates -- The Daily Mail

Firearms at the ready, six Dutch marines abseil from a Lynx helicopter on to the deck of a cargo vessel being held to ransom by ruthless Somali pirates.

These pictures capture the precarious moment the commandos boarded the German merchant ship, the MV Taipan.

Minutes later they arrested the pirates and freed the ship's 15-strong crew.
If you want to hear more about the Dutch, two weeks ago on Midrats we had Hans de Vreij, the Netherlands correspondent at Jane's Defence Weekly. You can hear the archive file here.

Hat tip YankeeSailor on Twitter.

16 comments:

ewok40k said...

Tromp trumps pirates again!
puns aside great job!

Theodore said...

Well the Tromp is going home soon, HNLMS Johan de Witt will replace her, though as a combined Dutch-Maltese mission. (Which explains a special Maltese interest in what Dutch ships are up to there). Information about whirlybirds aboard seems to be classified somewhat, may be coincidence. More amphibian navy news expected soon!

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Hans de Vreij said...

Some additional details:
- For the sake of a rapid intervention, HNLMS Tromp temporarily 'left' the EU NAVFOR chain of command and acted under national authority.
- The marines that boarded MV TAIPAN belong to an elite counter-terrorism unit within the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps. It's called 'Unit Interventie Mariniers' (UIM).
- Added is a picture of the UIM team on board of HNLMS Evertsen, taken by me last November in the Gulf of Aden.

Anonymous said...

Do they practice the same catch-and-release program so popular here in the US?

GBS said...

...and after capture, those ruthless pirates were disarmed, fed, and released.

Theodore said...

Educated guess: Yep, Catch, ask if anybody involved wants a couple of pirates for prison population, get told NO, release them.

SWOINATOR said...

Too add... Recent news has a U.S. (yes a U.S.) DDG taking out a mother ship, as in fire!  Nice shooting boys.  Also, an FFG took down a set of pirates as well.  Nice to see they still can do nice things (compliments to the crew) even though they are neutered. 

I wonder how much diversity played a role here.

DeltaBravo said...

Be still, my heart!  Can I say they're pretty darn hot!

ewok40k said...

those are the guys famous from 70's siege of school and train? heard they are highly professional elite on par with SAS and GSG-9

ewok40k said...

Hmm, on the side of pirates, no diversity at all...
maybe it is affecting THEIR efficiency?

virgil xenophon said...

A [S]ierra [H]otel performance by the Dutch!! Good show!!

LT B said...

OT, but

http://militarytimes.com/news/2010/04/ap_seals_charged_040610/

false statement charges dropped on a couple of the SEALs.  Maybe they can get back to work and taking down pirates.  Or is that not what our Navy is about?

C-dore 14 said...

This photo demonstrates why I was always happy to have a RNLN ship in the screen.

Hans de Vreij said...

Germany on Friday confirmed it will try the 10 pirates currently detained o/b of HNLMS Tromp. The Hamburg Public Prosecutor's Office is expected to issue an arrest warrant.

Anonymous said...

well, they abducted german ship after all
too bad german prisons are paradise compared to streets in Somalia

Hans de Vreij said...

Yes they are, although they were called differently back then. It is (understandably) a highly secretive unit. The last time I can remember they were mentioned in the media was in 2004, when they were involved in the arrest of two Dutch jihadists in The Hague. 
While o/b of HNLMS Evertsen, I took some video pics during of one of their drills, see http://ow.ly/1wM09. Note the white-clad BBC cameraman, who was asked whether he had steady nerves - they were using live ammo.