Royal Navy Failed to Save British Couple
Recently in the news was the kidnapping of a British couple from their yacht in the Gulf by Somali pirates. Details from the Sun reveals that a British warship was on the scene during the event:
Supply ship RFA Wave Knight was sent to intercept the pirates as they grabbed Paul and Rachel Chandler from their yacht, it was revealed last night.
The crew – 75 merchant seaman and 25 Navy sailors – were under orders NOT to fire in case the hostages were caught in a gun battle or murdered on the spot.
The account from a crewman, who has asked not to be named, contradicts the official version…
Retired civil engineer Paul, 59, and wife Rachel, 55, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, were seized three weeks ago.
I am not sure of what circumstances the RN auxiliary warship was under orders NOT to fire to save the couple from harm. It begs the question that when a government is legally obliged not to defend and protect their citizenry to the utmost, what is to become of us?
We often see in our civilian courts, over the decades laws have been used that appear to give more protection to criminal rights over the victims, “we the people”. This detrimental, even suicidal practice now has entered into our war-making as well, shielding the peace-breakers from the wrath of the peacemakers.
Update-France take the fight to the Pirates
We posted the above story earlier not meaning to disrespect any navy, certainly not the great Royal Navy, which is everywhere fighting for freedom on pretty much a shoe-string budget. Still, it gets frustrating, also here in the states that the world’s mightiest navies can’t seem to get a handle on these most minor threats of piracy, an old and ancient problem. Then they come to ask the public to fund ever more grandiose projects like carriers, missile battleships, or specialized troop transports, for some future obscure peer threat. Not having fought a major war at sea since World War 2, are they certain these are the right ships for 21st Century warfare?
Still, the modern day buccaneers continue on their illegal acts, mostly at will, and the Navy has no answer. “Let’s send a Pirate Buster, and all will be well”, they maintain. One pirate buster built per decade, so far. How is that going to solved the problem of scores to hundreds of attacks annually?
Enough ranting. Now the French are again showing us up on how to deal with those who disparage the laws of the sea and Civilization. From ABC.net:
Tipped off by spotters on a Luxembourg maritime reconnaissance plane, the French frigate Floreal intercepted a dhow towing two motorised skiffs 500 nautical miles north-west of the Seychelles on Thursday (local time).
A helicopter from the warship fired a warning shot across the vessel’s bows as its crew began to throw incriminating material over the side.
French troops boarded the ship and arrested the pirates without violence