overestimating your capabilities, part 38821.

In the category “Unwise Target Selection”, a bunch of Somali pirates found out the hard way that shooting small arms at a Perry-class guided missile frigate is generally not a good idea.  Those boys must have been chewing some awesomely strong khat that day.

Jiminy.  Is this Global Stupid Week, or something?  That’s just about as dumb as going out to mug people with a potmetal .22…and then trying to hold up the rifle-armed SWAT cop in body armor stationed at the subway entrance.  That much Stupid should be fatal.


12 thoughts on “overestimating your capabilities, part 38821.

  1. JohnO says:

    Don’t you know that 90 minute chase was a blast for the Naval vessel, not so much for the pirates. Ahoy mates.

  2. perlhaqr says:

    So, I suspect firing on a US Navy vessel counts as an act of war. Would this give us sufficient international standing to whack us a bunch of pirates?

  3. Boat Guy says:

    Good thing it was only SA fire. The Perry-class are no longer “Guided-Missile” Frigates…the Navy landed all their missile systems some time ago. Still a 76mm gun WILL outshoot an AK or RPG if the folks are on top of things…

  4. R.A.W. says:

    Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time this has ever happened:



    Brave, but surely not a safe practice. Rather reminds me of this picture:

  5. Dan says:

    those 3 pirates and 2 others on another vessel were taken prisoner. They will now get 3 squares and a cot, which is more than 99% of Somali’s.
    Anyone think this was an accident? As has been pointed out, it’s not the first.

    • Kristopher says:

      You think this is like grizzlies in Banff repeatedly attacking trashcans in order to get their PCP fix from a game department’s trank rifle?

      A little too dangerous a way to get three hots and a cot, if you ask me.

    • Windy Wilson says:

      Are you saying that those pirates were sitting around starving and one said, “I’ve got a great idea! Has anyone seen the movie “The Mouse that Roared”? Let’s go to war with the United States and lose — they’ve got lots of good food and stuff they give to their defeated enemies — Remember that German guy last year? He talked about something called The Marshall Plan.”

      Ok, it’s a bit overwrought. Or maybe a lot.

  6. Gerry N. says:

    My scenario would go something like this:

    The captured pirates, all of them, would be given a shower, clean clothes, a good meal and ten hours of sleep. They then would be brought before the captain of the warship where they would be told;

    “You have all been captured in the act of Piracy, a capital offense. There is no question of your guilt. You will be taken to the afterdeck of this vessel at Noon today where you will witness your vessel being sunk by gunfire. You will then be executed by firing squad, your bodies immediately buried at sea.

    Before this occurs, you will be given writing materials or a tape recorder and two hours to compose a last message for your loved ones. May God have mercy on your souls.

    Did I miss anything?

    Gerry N.

    • Tam says:

      Unfortunately, the pirates did not attack the HMS Thunderer back when the West was still vertebrate, but rather the USS Anna Louise Strong during the perigee of The Age of the Common Man.

      • Jenny says:

        dang… I didn’t think it was possible to pack that many allusions in one sentence. Nicely done. 🙂

  7. Fred2 says:

    Why does the Korean war story that ends with:

    “Fear Not. Dreadnought.”

    Come to mind?

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