Thursday, April 14, 2011

How one deals with pirates properly ...

Some may not like reaching far back in the 2,000+ years of written examples of how to deal with piracy. Fine - I'll grant you the Romans were a bit Russian in how they dealt with things, but how about an American example from 1945? Geeky submariners as well. Is that warm and fuzzy enough for you?

Wait - these are
WWII submariners ....
On 15 July 1945, USS Bugara (SS 331) departed Subic Bay for the diesel-electric boat’s third war patrol. Under the command of CDR Arnold F. Schade, a veteran of ten war patrols and the second most experienced man in the boat (Chief Electrician’s Mate N. H. Leggett had eleven patrols under his belt), Bugara sailed south to the Gulf of Siam.
On 2 August, Bugara sailors boarded and sank three schooners and a coaster before breaking for lunch. Then, at 1320, the boat happened on a new 150 ton schooner anchored in deep water east of Singora. As the submarine closed, the Americans spotted six large canoes nearby; full of Malay pirates attacking a Chinese crew on a Japanese vessel carrying rice for Singapore. As put by the war patrol report, “We took off the Chinese crew and their life boat. The pirates fled. We sank the Jap [sic] ship, then shot up all the pirates and their boats. Put the Chinese ashore – and they love us still, inasmuch as the pirates had already killed two of their crew.”
That works for me. Nice SITREP would read,
Found pirates. Dealt with as same.
HF TTY demands a pithy Skipper. Ahhhh, for a sane world.

Hat tip John H.

1 comment:

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