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Russia sends Navy ship to Somali coast to fight piracy

September 26, 2008

By MIKE ECKEL, Associated Press Writer

MOSCOW – Russia’s navy dispatched a warship to Somalia’s coast, officials said Friday, a day after pirates there carried out their boldest attack yet — the capture of a Ukrainian vessel manned with Russian and Ukranian crew and loaded with 33 tanks and ammunition bound for Kenya.

Russian navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo said in a statement that the frigate Neustrashimy left the Russia’s Baltic port of Baltiisk on Wednesday. The statement did not specifically mention the seizure of the Ukrainian ship, which happened Thursday.

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Dygalo did not answer calls that The Associated Press made to his cell phone later Friday.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Yury Yekhanurov, meanwhile, said that the ship, the Faina, was carrying 33 Russian T-72 tanks and a substantial quantity of ammunition and spare parts. Yekhanurov said the tanks were sold in accordance with international law, according to Larisa Mudrak, a spokeswoman for Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

U.S. ships in the area were aware of the seizure of the Ukranian ship and were “monitoring the situation,” said Lt. Nate Christensen a spokesman for the U.S. Navy‘s 5th Fleet based in Bahrain.

“Obviously, we are deeply concerned,” Christensen told The Associated Press. “We have ships in the area and we are monitoring the situation closely. Piracy is an international problem and it requires an international solution.”

He was unable to provide more specifics because of the security issues involved, he said.

A Kenyan government spokesman, Alfred Mutua, confirmed that the East African nation’s military had ordered the tanks and spare parts and said Kenya had made such a huge order of tanks as part of a two-year rearmament program for the military.

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

January 7, 2008
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press
1818 GMT
January 7, 2008


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)

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).

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)

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