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Sea Links

May 22, 2009
USS Vella Gulf (CG 72)

USS Vella Gulf (CG 72)

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transits the Hudson River during the Parade of Ships as part of Fleet Week New York City 2009.

US Navy

New Virginia’s utilize tube launch missiles.

61st Arleigh Burke is USS Spruance.

Parade of Ships Kicks off Fleet Week in New York City.

Navy Finally Embracing Role in Small Wars.

Navy Scraps Old Ship Plan.

Rockets-in-a-box become naval fire support.

Navy Christens Newest Arleigh Burke Class Ship Gravely


Warships of the World

Sri Lanka military cuts off rebel sea escape.

Sri Lanka Navy Commander promoted to Admiral.

Indian Navy aids in Tamil Tiger defeat.

India commissions advanced landing ship.

Only one submarine left to defend Australia.

A mere 9 ships protect Britain’s territorial waters.

Influence Squadrons for the Australian Navy.

The Fistfight that ended Chavez’ sub deal.

World navies come together in an effort to make frigates last longer.

Niger deploys warships, troops to battle rebels.

Spanish Navy Refuses to leave British Gibraltar.

China’s dream of an aircraft carrier.


Tackling Piracy

Super Catamaran Speeds Through Pirate Waters.

Admiral Claims Pirates Trained in Russia.

Russian destroyer escorts 5-ship convoy off Somali coast.

Protecting Freedom of Navigation No Longer a Naval Role.

Ship guards, navy routes can beat pirates.

Task force seizes pirate mother ship


From the Navy Vaults

USS Stark Shipmates Remembered.

Midway Vet Recalls Historic Battle.

Medieval ship types. (Cog and Galley)

Superguns of Elizabeth I’s Navy. (War and Game)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2014 6:55 am

    Now i will obtain all the gifts from Swtor Market :D

  2. Max Anderson permalink
    May 24, 2009 8:35 pm

    Al-Shabab, which means “the youth” in Arabic.
    My cronies advised me of the translation today.

  3. Mike Burleson permalink
    May 24, 2009 8:17 am

    Thanks Max, for the info!

  4. Max Anderson permalink
    May 24, 2009 3:44 am

    My recent thinking is that Assab could have been for quite some time unnoticed the ground zero, core grass roots hardcore fundementalists As Shabaab moovements (Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia-Eritrea). They sound so similar in name as of such (Assab As-Shabaab)
    As-Shabaab= Sharia in Assab? Is that what it stands for?
    , after all this is where the recent weapons are spawning from for the 4 universal jihadi core splinter elements from Eritria, Africa from the recent planeloads of weapons days ago around the 4th and freighters of weapons dating back to 2007 guarded by Iranian vessels. Somali opposition alliance begins fight against Ethiopia Sep 20, 2007 in Entria. Notice the correlative dates to the freighter in Eritria then smuggling arms as well in 2007.

    Two top Somali opposition leaders of the newly created Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed (L) and former Somalia parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden attend a conference in the Eritrean capital Asmara on 14 September 2007. Somalia’s new Islamist-dominated opposition alliance has said its forces have launched a bid to oust Ethiopian troops from their country.

    May 18, 2009 – Shabaab, or the Somali Youth Movement, is an al Qaeda-backed Islamicn terror group that has lobbied to join the international terrorist organization. Hizbul Islam was created in January of this year. Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, an al Qaeda ally and a designated terrorist, is the leader of Hizbul Islam. Hizbul Islam was led by Sheik Omar Iman Abu Bakar but was ousted by Aweys for being too moderate.

    The group was created by the merger of four separate Islamic groups: Hassan Aweys’ Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia-Eritrea, Jabhatul Islamiya (the Islamic Front), Mu’askar Ras Kamboni (the Ras Kamboni Brigade), and Anole.

  5. Mike Burleson permalink
    May 23, 2009 7:00 pm

    Thanks Max, but it probably is beside the point anyway. You could say the US trained Al Qaeda when we were helping the Aghans fight the Soviets in the 1980s. We still have to fight them.

  6. Max Anderson permalink
    May 23, 2009 5:08 pm

    I am following up on the Admirals comments about pirates training in USSR(Ras Kamboni Brigades?). If you wish to chat more on this topic I can be reached at .

    My recent thinking is that Assab could have been for quite some time unnoticed the ground zero, core grass roots hardcore fundementalists As Shabaab moovements. They sound so similar in name as of such, this is where the recent weapons are spawning from for the universal jihadi core splinter elements in Africa from the recent planeloads of weapons from the Ras Kamboni Brigades.

    Money talks, bottom line(eventually if the Al Queda did not fund the weapons) Iran Syria, and the silent backers USSR will!).
    Terrorists and Pirates: An Alliance of Convenience
    Posted GMT 5-1-2009 15:24:3
    In his article titled “Our Misguided Fight Against Somali Pirates,” John Feffer from the Institute for Policy Studies asks “Those teenage high-seas renegades are not about to team up with terrorists, so why is the U.S. military devoting so much attention to them?” While Freer is correct in pointing out that the pirates and terrorists are not ideological allies, it is a mistake to assume that the pirates are not willing to become valued business partners of radical Islamic terrorist groups including those linked to Al-Qaeda.

    Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda affiliate labeled by the State Department as a terrorist organization, currently controls southern Somalia. The recent media attention given to the taking of an American cargo ship captain hostage and subsequent rescue will no doubt motivate this group to partner with pirates, if for no other reason than to try to steal some of the spotlight. Indeed, shortly following the incident, al-Shabaab claimed credit for firing mortars near a visiting U.S. congressman.

    Already, senior Al-Qaeda member Sa’id Ali Jabir Al-Khathim al-Shihri, has instructed his Somali allies to “increase your strikes against the crusaders at sea and in Djibouti.” Earlier in April, an al-Shabaab spokesperson praised the pirates, saying they were “protecting the coast against the enemies of Allah.” The leader of the Ras Kamboni Brigades, another radical Islamic group said to be linked to Al-Qaeda, said the pirates were “part of the Mujahideen” despite being “money-seekers.” Those that dismiss the possibility of a link between pirates and terrorists underestimate the forces of radical Islam’s ability to establish relationships of convenience, and underestimate the greed of pirates with a clear will to bypass principles for the sake of profit.

    At the Somali Piracy Conference on April 7, Ambassador David H. Shinn conceded there was “no evidence that piracy is directly linked to international terrorism, although many Somali groups get a cut of the ransom money.” Citing Jane’s Intelligence Review, Shinn explained that the two forces cooperate on arms smuggling, and the pirates are reportedly helping al-Shabaab develop maritime capabilities.

    While the relationship is based on business and not ideology, it doesn’t make it any less beneficial to al-Shabaab. He says that they sometimes receive a “protection fee of 5 to 10 percent of the ransom money. If al-Shabab helps to train the pirates, it might receive 20 percent and up to 50 percent if it finances the piracy operation.”

    Andrew Mwangura, the head of the East African Seafarers’ Assistance Programme, has also said such a link exists. He told Reuters in August that “According to our information, the money they make from piracy and ransoms goes to support al-Shabaab activities onshore.”

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