Royal Marines Present During Hostage Grab
I always get into trouble posting on Marines, but I have to say this is what happens when our elite sea soldiers aren’t allowed what they do best–to combat our foes From the Sea. Here is the Daily Mail on this sad tale:
The disturbing truth behind the Royal Navy’s failure to prevent Somali pirates kidnapping a British couple from their yacht can be revealed today.
An investigation by The Mail on Sunday demolishes accounts by the Ministry of Defence and the head of the Navy which suggest that a naval vessel at the scene had no rescue force available.
In fact, far from being a toothless bystander, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Wave Knight was within seconds of unleashing a crack team of 20 lethally armed Royal Marines.
The report also detailed the Marines had at their disposal “a Merlin helicopter and firepower in the form of 30mm and 50mm cannons.” Then with the Pirates and hostages in their sights, the order came to stand down:
It was, according to our source, a surreal moment. Having been feet away, poised for a dramatic rescue, some of the world’s most feared fighting troops were now being ordered to pack their kit and go to bed. A pursuit of the Kota Wajar was, apparently, deemed pointless.The source added: ‘The mood among the Marines was one of intense anger and frustration. These guys were right up for it – absolutely champing at the bit. It was precisely the situation they had trained for.‘We had all watched them practicing rapid-roping [descending at speed on ropes from a helicopter] and sea-borne assaults. They knew exactly what to do. They were poised there like a bunch of Ninjas and the adrenaline was pumping.‘
They couldn’t believe the orders to stand down.
Without the political will, the enemies of freedom run rampant on the high seas. The best tools at your disposal are of little use if they are never tried. So it does bother me when the West spends extravagant funds on what we are told are the most superb fighting forces on the planet, yet the politicians ensure we get very little for our investment.
Still, I have a theory that might solve much of the current reluctance to fight pirates. Our continued calls for small craft operations, stemming from a recent proposal for Influence Squadrons might place the fight with poor Third World, stateless navies on more even ground, where the insurgents at sea cannot use the victimization angle “poor fisherman trying to survive”. With the fight against lawlessness now on equal terms, there would be less clamor from the International Media that we “Western Bullies” are picking on an impoverished, downtrodden people.
So we send in the offshore patrol vessels, corvettes, Stilettos, the Cyclones, HSVs, RHIBs ect, holding back the Aegis battleships and helicopter carriers for the most urgent crises. We see this transformation in war at sea as the norm, rather than an exception; more economical and more effective. Sailors could get closer to the action, learn basic sea fighting skills, while interacting more with the Population of the Sea, instead of fortified within giant floating “green zones” on titanic Amphibious Ship and supercarriers built to fight a different war. Over-trained and under-utilized.