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US destroyer watching hijacked ship off Somalia

September 27, 2008

By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN, Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A U.S. destroyer off the coast of Somalia closed in Saturday on a hijacked Ukrainian ship loaded with tanks and ammunition, watching it to ensure the pirates who seized it do not try to remove any cargo or crew.
In this May 28, 2008 file photo, the U.S. Navy destroyer, USS ... 
In this May 28, 2008 file photo, the U.S. Navy destroyer, USS Howard, sails off the coast of Hawaii during sonar exercises, on Wednesday, May 28, 2008. The Howard, off the coast of Somalia closed in Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, on a hijacked Ukrainian ship loaded with tanks and ammunition, watching it to ensure the pirates who seized it do not try to remove any cargo or crew. (AP Photo/Hugh E. Gentry, File)
As Russian and American ships pursued the hijackers of the Ukrainian-operated vessel, pirates seized another ship off Somalia’s coast, an international anti-piracy group said.

The Greek tanker with a crew of 19 is carrying refined petroleum from Europe to the Middle East. It was ambushed Friday in the Gulf of Aden, said Noel Choong, who heads the International Maritime Bureau’s piracy reporting center based in Malaysia. He said pirates chased and fired at the ship before boarding it.

In Somalia, a man claiming to be spokesman of the pirates holding the Ukrainian ship said the hijackers want $35 million to release the vessel. But there was no way to immediately verify his claim that he represented the pirates.

On Thursday, pirates seized the Ukrainian ship Faina en route to Kenya with 33 Russian-built T-72 tanks and a substantial quantity of ammunition and spare parts. Russia’s navy said Friday it had dispatched a warship to the area, and the United States said American naval ships were tracking the Ukrainian ship with special concern because of the weaponry on board.

The hijackings were the latest in a series of audacious maritime attacks off the coast of Somalia, a war-torn country that has been without a functioning government since 1991.

A U.S. defense official said the destroyer USS Howard is pursuing the hijacked Ukrainian vessel and is now within a few thousand yards of it. The hijacked ship is anchored a few miles off the Somalia coast, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the situation.

The destroyer is watching to make sure the pirates do not try to remove anything, the official added.

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U.S. Presents Evidence Of Iran’s “Provocation” At Sea

January 9, 2008

Lolita C. Baldor and Sebastian  Abbot, Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON – Small Iranian fast boats swarmed around massive U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, and a man speaking heavily accented English threatened, “I am coming to you. … You will explode,” according to a video released Tuesday by the Pentagon.

This image released by the US Navy Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, and ...
This image released by the US Navy Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, and shot Sunday, Jan. 6 from the bridge of the destroyer USS Hopper, shows a small blue boat, alleged to be Iranian, purportedly racing near the wake of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf. The incident, which President George W. Bush denounced Tuesday as a ‘provocative act,’ was videotaped by a crew member on the bridge of the destroyer USS Hopper, one of the three ships that faced down five Iranian boats in a flare-up early Sunday.
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The Iranian boats appeared to ignore repeated warnings from the U.S. ships, including horn blasts and radio transmissions, as the ships moved through the Strait of Hormuz into the Gulf.

In a four-minute, 20-second video, shot from the bridge of the destroyer USS Hopper, the small boats — including a bright blue one — can be seen racing near the wake the U.S. ships and crossing close to each other.

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Iran: U.S. Tapes of Its Boats are Faked

Pentagon Says U.S. Navy Ships Harassed; Iran plays down Gulf incident

January 7, 2008
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press
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January 7, 2008

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TEHRAN, Iran – Iran‘s Foreign Ministry said Monday that a confrontation between Iranian boats and U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf over the weekend was “something normal” and was resolved. It suggested the Iranian boats had not recognized the U.S. vessels.

The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier and the USNS Arctic ...
The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier and the USNS Arctic sailing side-by-side in the Gulf. Pentagon officials have said that Iranian speedboats harassed three US navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz over the weekend, radioing a threat to blow them up and prompting a stiff US warning ahead of President George W. Bush’s trip to the Mideast. (AFP/US NAVY/Kenneth R. Hendrix)
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The Pentagon said that in the incident early Sunday, five small Iranian boats repeatedly “charged” U.S. warships in the Gulf’s Hormuz Strait and dropped boxes in the water. The boats warned the U.S. ships that they would set up “explosions,” a U.S. Defense Department official said.

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Peace and Freedom learned that the ships in the incident with Iran are the USS Port Royal (CG 73), USS Hopper (DDG 70) and USS Ingraham (FFG 61).
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First Report: Iran Active in Strait of Hormuz 
By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – In what is being called a serious provocation, Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats harassed and provoked three U.S. Navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, officials said Monday.

Iranian helicopters and warships take part in maneuvers in the ...
In an undated photo, Iran conducts traing with ships and aircraft near the Strait of Hormuz. (AFP)
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U.S. forces were on the verge of firing on the Iranian boats in the early Sunday incident, when the boats ended the incident and turned and moved away, said a Pentagon official.

“It is the most serious provocation of this sort that we’ve seen yet,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because….

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White House calls naval face-off ‘provocative’

U.S. Navy Says Iran “Provoking” Action from Warships