Friday, April 30, 2010

Video of the rescue of the German merchant ship Taipan

Massive Hat Tip to Marcase for this vid.
*Note*
Its too big for me to upload it onto the Blogger server but you can see it here. Looks like they covered all the bases, even to record the actual take down of the pirates. Very informative video.

http://server.rijksoverheidsvideo.nl/wmv/DEF_20100429_UIM_team_Tromp_inzet_Taipan.wmv

Update-
Its out on You Tube now (thanks GvG) .  And again a translation of events from Marcase (thanks buddy)
Rough translation -

The marine boarding team received orders to liberate the fifteen crewmen of the merchant Taipan, which was hijacked by ten pirates. The captain and crew of the German flagged Taipan had locked themselves in their saferoom, from where they called for assistance.

The sensor-operator deploys the fastrope line while the team-leader provides covering fire with the MAG GPMG.

Note the 'landing zone' of the marines; enough cover to prevent hostile fire, yet not too much to obstruct cover fire. In that respect they were lucky that it was a containership, and not some bulk-cargo carrier.

Approaching the bridge, they detained six pirates hiding at the lower deck. The marines ordered the pirates to climb through the shot window. Two more pirates were found hiding at the aft deck, and subsequently arrested. A ninth was found on the deck above, and summoned to come down.

A three-man team secured the bridge, and from there they went through the rest of the ship. The marine team-leader further comments on the ravage the pirates caused in their search for valuables, which included shooting up doors and cabinets which were locked.

The weapons the pirates used ranged from handguns, AK-47s, and RPG-7s.
Once the ship was secured the Taipans crew came out and retook the ship.

The Somali pirates are now in Germany awaiting trial.

6 comments:

  1. Rough translation -

    The marine boarding team received orders to liberate the fifteen crewmen of the merchant Taipan, which was hijacked by ten pirates. The captain and crew of the German flagged Taipan had locked themselves in their saferoom, from where they called for assistance.

    The sensor-operator deploys the fastrope line while the team-leader provides covering fire with the MAG GPMG.

    Note the 'landing zone' of the marines; enough cover to prevent hostile fire, yet not too much to obstruct cover fire. In that respect they were lucky that it was a containership, and not some bulk-cargo carrier.

    Approaching the bridge, they detained six pirates hiding at the lower deck. The marines ordered the pirates to climb through the shot window. Two more pirates were found hiding at the aft deck, and subsequently arrested. A ninth was found on the deck above, and summoned to come down.

    A three-man team secured the bridge, and from there they went through the rest of the ship. The marine team-leader further comments on the ravage the pirates caused in their search for valuables, which included shooting up doors and cabinets which were locked.

    The weapons the pirates used ranged from handguns, AK-47s, and RPG-7s.
    Once the ship was secured the Taipans crew came out and retook the ship.

    The Somali pirates are now in Germany awaiting trial.

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  2. Solomon, you mean 'thanks Dutch MoD'. They post their vids on www.youtube.com/ (the one with the landing craft from HNLMS Johan de Witt is also up over there).
    So, no uploading from my part.

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  3. That's www.youtube.com/defensie

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  4. Your welcome Solomon. Since we're being reduced from mediocre to insignificant, I have to grab any chance I get to put the spotlight on the Dutch forces...

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  5. well the thanks still stand gentlemen. its much appreciated

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