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Fire brakes out on the Norwegian cruise liner (Hurtigruten) killing two
Commonly referred to as the FLIP ship, it is actually a 355ft long, spoon-shaped buoy which can be flipped from horizontal to a vertical position by pumping 700t of seawater into the 'handle' end whilst flooding air into the 'cradle', causing it to rise up out of the sea. Once the 28 minute transformation from horizontal to vertical has taken place, 300m of the buoy are submerged underwater, keeping the 700 long-ton mass steady and making it perfect for researching wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and density, and for the collection of meteorological data. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/your-details/42946-flipboatCommonly referred to as the FLIP ship, it is actually a 355ft long, spoon-shaped buoy... more
Turkish President Gül is in Indonesia for an official visits. According to the President’s office, following eight cooperation agreements signed between the two countries, during the visit.
AGREEMENTS SIGNED BETWEEN TURKEY AND INDONESIA
A Memorandum of Understanding in Technical Matters; Cooperation Agreement on Defense Industry; A Memorandum of Understanding in Cooperation between Small and Medium-Scaled Enterprises; A Memorandum of Understanding in Cultural Exchange Program; Sea Transport Agreement; A Memorandum of Understanding in Developing Labor Force; A Memorandum of Understanding in Investment Support and a Memorandum of Understanding in Cooperation on Exchange of News and Programs between Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) and the Indonesian State Television.
I have emphasized the Cooperation Agreement on Defence Industry, because according to Turkish Zaman newspaper this agreement cover sales of two Milgem class corvettes to Indonesia. I was not able to find another independent source on the internet to verify this information. Though there a few Indonesian websites confirming the signing of the above mentioned agreements between two nations.
If this news turns out to be true, then it will be big news. As it will be the first major export success for Milgem and important milestone for Turkish defense industry.
Let’s wait and see how things will develop.
Read More http://eboatz.com/blogs/entry/Indonesia-To-Buy-2-Milgem-Corvettes-From-Turkey
Builders: Istanbul Naval Shipyard
Subclasses: Ada class
Class and type: Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare
Displacement: 2,000 tonnes
Length: 99.00 m
Beam: 14.40 m
Draught: 3.75 m
Propulsion: 1 gas turbine, 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 30,000 kW (CODAG)
Speed: Economy: 15 knots
Maximum: 29+ knots
Range: 3,500 nautical miles (6,480 km) @ 15 knots
Endurance: 21 days with logistic support, 10 days autonomous
Complement: 93 including aviation officers, with accommodation for up to 104
Combat Management System: G-MSYS (GENESIS MİLGEM Savaş Yönetim Sistemi)
Search radar: SMART-S Mk2
Communication: SatCom, GPS, LAN, ECDIS/WECDIS, Link 11/16
IPMS: UniMACS 3000
Others: X-Band radar, fire control radar, navigation radar, LPI radar
and decoys: EW radar, Laser/RF systems, ASW jammers, DG, SSTD
1 x 76 mm (retractable for lower radar cross section, guidance by fire control radar and electro-optical systems), A position
2 x 12.7 mm Aselsan STAMP Stabilized Machine Gun Platform (guidance by Laser/IR/TV and electro-optical systems, automatic and manual modes), B position
8 x Harpoon (and/or RBS15 Mk.IIIand/or NSM)
21 x RAM (PDMS)
Mk.41 VLS for ESSM (TF-100 class)
2 x 324 mm Mk.32 triple launchers forMk.46 torpedoes
Hangar and platform for:
S-70B2 Seahawk ASW helicopters
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Aviation facilities: Capability of storing armaments, 20 tons of JP-5 aircraft fuel, aerial refueling (HIRF) and maintenance systemsTurkish President Gül is in Indonesia for an official visits. According to the... more
The car manufacturer hopes the boat will help it cut fuel consumption by 800 tons - the equivalent of 2,500 tons a year of CO2 emissions.The car manufacturer hopes the boat will help it cut fuel consumption by 800 tons -... more
On Sunday evening, as Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas was returning from CocoCay, Bahamas, to Cape Canaveral, Fla., someone on board the cruise ship spotted a sinking raft.
Cruise crew members rescued five men and one woman, all of whom were from Cuba, said Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez.
Once on-board, the crew gave the six people food, water and medical treatment.
More..The ship returned to Port Canaveral on Monday morning, where passengers had unique stories to tell about their four-day cruise.
Orlando resident John Wise said he was in his cabin when the ship’s captain announced they had to change course to intercept a raft.
Wise went straight up on one of the top decks.
“The raft was coming very close to the ship at that time,” he said.
The sea was very rough, the situation looked dangerous, and Wise watched as the crew tossed out life-saving rings and made several attempts to rescue the raft’s passengersOn Sunday evening, as Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas was returning from... more
MARINETTE, Wisc. -- Twenty-seven years in the Navy, and even Capt. T.D. Smyers had never seen anything like it.
Just seconds after a resounding thunk of a champagne bottle striking the bow of the USS Fort Worth, a strike delivered left-handed and low by U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, the ship slid down its elevated pierside moorings and hit the water for the first time, listing heavily to starboard before righting just as designed.
"That was extremely cool," said Smyers, commander of Naval Air Station Fort Worth and an aviator unaccustomed to the traditions of the ship side of the Navy. "To have all these people of Fort Worth come to frigid Wisconsin brings both the Navy and the city closer together at a crucial time in both of their histories. This has brought them together in a way never done before."
He's right: 151 years of Fort Worth and 235 years of the U.S. Navy, and Saturday's christening ceremony of the USS Fort Worth at the Marinette Marine shipyards marked a first for both.
"I have learned just how much pride there is in our city that we have come to be a part of the United States Navy fleet," said Mayor Mike Moncrief, who attended the christening with about 60 civic and business leaders. "This ship will not only sail with the city's name, it will sail with our prayers for all those who serve our country and their families."
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d72_1291571530MARINETTE, Wisc. -- Twenty-seven years in the Navy, and even Capt. T.D. Smyers had... more
Walden Media has released the full theatrical trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which sees release on December 10th, 2010. The third installment of the series stars George Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, Gary Sweet, Bruce Spence, Arthur Angel, Shane Rangi and Liam Neeson.
http://www.moviesreviews2010.com/the-full-trailer-for-the-chronicles-of-narnia-the-voyage-of-the-dawn-treader-released/Walden Media has released the full theatrical trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia:... more
Shocking evidence of conditions akin to slavery on trawlers that provide fish for European dinner tables has been found in an investigation off the coast of west Africa. Forced labour and human rights abuses involving African crews have been uncovered on trawlers fishing illegally for the European market by investigators for an environmental campaign group. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/6577-horror-fishing-Shocking evidence of conditions akin to slavery on trawlers that provide fish for... more
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Americans opposed to Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip are organizing a ship from the United States to take part in an international flotilla.
The flotilla, set to sail to Gaza in September or October, will be made up of ships from India, Europe, Canada, South Africa and the Middle East. The organizers hope to name the American ship The Audacity of Hope, after President Obama’s second autobiographical book.
“From the deck of The Audacity of Hope, we will be in a powerful and unique position to challenge U.S. foreign policy and affirm the universal obligation to uphold human rights and international law,” organizers wrote on their website, UStoGaza.org.
Organizers are trying to raise $370,000 through the website to pay for a ship, crew, and licensing and registration of the boat. They plan to carry 40 to 60 people on board.
Among the more than 70 people who have signed the appeal for money are Lara Lee, who smuggled out a video of the flotilla incident in May in which nine aboard a Turkish-flagged ship were killed, and Michael Ratner, director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
http://jta.org/news/article/2010/07/21/2740136/amreicans-organize-ship-to-join-flotilla-to-gazaWASHINGTON (JTA) -- Americans opposed to Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza... more
In 1985, French secret agents bombed and sank a Greenpeace ship that was headed to peacefully protest France's nuclear testing in the South Pacific.
Do you remember when this happened? Read more below...
by Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International
Twenty-five years ago Saturday, two bombs planted by secret agents working for the French government sank the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbor, New Zealand, killing Fernando Pereira, a photographer and father of two. This was a desperate move by France to stop the activists on board from bearing witness to its nuclear testing in the South Pacific.
I remember hearing about the attack over my father’s transistor radio in our township outside Durban, South Africa. The apartheid government had recently imposed a state of emergency and it was not often that international news made its way to us. What had happened with the Rainbow Warrior was so outrageous that even we heard about it.
As a young anti-apartheid activist, I was particularly taken with two elements of the event.
The first was that a powerful, democratic government could feel so intimidated by a small group of peaceful men and women holding up banners on a boat that it would resort to violence. It was my first exposure to the Quaker-inspired tradition of bearing witness in order to shine a spotlight on injustices or crimes that might otherwise go unnoticed.
The second was the idea that there existed people who would eschew personal gain and dedicate their lives to the greater good of our planet. Coming from a place where the struggle was inherently personal, the fact that the Greenpeace crew was planning to sail out to the middle of the ocean to oppose nuclear testing, which would not touch them anymore than it would touch anyone else, was an epiphany.
Of course, Greenpeace is not alone in its struggle to save the planet. Nongovernmental organizations and civil society — trade unions, faith-based organizations, school groups and others — have been working independently or together for decades to promote the cause of social justice and fight the great threats of the day.
A couple of years after the sinking of the first Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace volunteers bought a used trawler and transformed it into a new Rainbow Warrior. Many of the same crew then continued their struggle against the French government until it finally gave up its nuclear testing program in 1996. The saying of the day became: “You can’t sink a Rainbow.”
While the threat of nuclear destruction is not over, a danger barely recognized at the time has taken its place as the No. 1 threat to our planet. Climate change has now become the biggest threat to security and peace in the future. Kofi Annan’s Global Forum estimates that in 2008 alone, 300,000 people died of the consequences of climate change.
Unlike nuclear testing, climate change is difficult to “bear witness” to because its causes (carbon emissions) lie in so many different factors and its resolution will require major, international cooperation of business leaders, politicians and other decision-makers. This does not mean civil society can or should stop trying to hold leaders accountable for changes they are unwilling to make.
History tells us that whatever injustice we face — whether it was apartheid in South Africa, civil rights in the United States, a woman’s right to choose — it was only when determined men and women were willing to stand up and say, “Enough is enough, I am prepared to peacefully break the law and even go to prison to get our message across,” that change finally happened.
When all other attempts at discussion or negotiation have faltered, these organizations must have the option of turning to civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, we have witnessed a dramatic shrinking of democratic space, with civil rights being curtailed beyond measure. In the past 9 years, 65 countries have passed laws cutting the rights of NGOs and dictating what they can and can’t do.
Speaking last week at an international conference on the promotion of democracy and human rights, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put it well when she said, “Democracies don’t fear their own people. They recognize that citizens must be free to come together, to advocate and agitate.”
At Greenpeace we find that even the peaceful act of hanging banners now often comes with greater consequences. After last December’s failed U.N. climate talks, four of our activists were detained for 22 days after holding up a banner at a head of state dinner reading, “Politicians Talk, Leaders Act.”
Much has changed in the quarter century since the first Rainbow Warrior was bombed. Fortunately, the two elements that so impressed me at the time, are just as valid today as they were back then: the power of people to change the will of governments, and the dedication of those committed to saving the planet for future generations.
According to all those who knew him, Fernando Periera did not consider dying for his cause. Nor do the great majority of those who speak out against injustice today. All they ask is a space in which to be heard, a place to speak truth to power, when those who have the capacity to make the changes necessary to save our planet seem unwilling to do so.
Greenpeace was founded on a prophecy from Canada’s First Nation peoples which reads: “There will come a time when the Earth grows sick and when it does a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the world who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it...they will be known as the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow.”’ If we are to be successful in our fight against catastrophic climate change then perhaps we all need to become Rainbow Warriors.
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More about the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior and the effort to bring the French secret agents involved to justice here:
http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/image_full/international/photosvideos/photos/rainbow-warrior-sunk-by-two-u.jpgIn 1985, French secret agents bombed and sank a Greenpeace ship that was headed to... more
For 40 years, intelligence analysts have kept this knowledge secret, a testament to our country's widespread fear of the Israel lobby.
By Ray McGovern
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee brags that it is the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, and it has demonstrated that time and again, and not only on Capitol Hill.
Nowhere is the lobby's power more clearly demonstrated than in its ability to suppress the awful truth that on June 8, 1967, during the Six Day War:
* Israel deliberately attacked the intelligence collection ship USS Liberty, in full awareness it was a U.S. Navy ship, and did its best to sink it and leave no survivors;
* The Israelis would have succeeded had they not broken off the attack upon learning, from an intercepted message, that the commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet had launched carrier fighters to the scene; and
* By that time, 34 of the Liberty's crew had been killed and over 170 wounded…
Scores of intelligence analysts and senior officials have known this for years. That virtually all of them have kept a 40-year frightened silence is testament to the widespread fear of touching this live wire.
Even more telling is the fact that the National Security Agency destroyed voice tapes seen by many intelligence analysts, showing beyond doubt that the Israelis knew exactly what they were doing.
But the truth will come out — eventually. All it took in this case is for a courageous journalist (of the endangered species kind) to listen to the surviving crew and do a little basic research, not shrinking from naming war crimes and not letting senior U.S. officials, from the president on down off the hook for suppressing — even destroying — unimpeachable evidence from intercepted Israeli communications.
The mainstream media have now published an exposé based largely on interviews with those most intimately involved.
A lengthy article by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter John Crewdson appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun on Oct. 2 titled "New revelations in attack on American spy ship." (For the full story, click here.)
To the subtitle goes the prize for understatement of the year: "Veterans, documents suggest U.S., Israel didn't tell full story of deadly 1967 incident."
Better 40 years late than never, I suppose. Many of us have known of the incident and coverup for a very long time and have tried to expose and discuss it for the lessons it holds for today.
It has proved far easier, though, to get a very pedestrian dog-bites-nan article published than an article with the importance and explosiveness of this damning story.
A Marine stands up
On the evening of Sept. 26, 2006, I gave a talk on Iraq to an overflow crowd of 400 at National Avenue Church in Springfield, Mo.
A questioner asked what I thought of the study by John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard titled "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy."
The study had originally been commissioned by the Atlantic Monthly. When the draft arrived, however, shouts of "leper!" were heard at the Atlantic. The magazine wasted no time in saying "thanks, but no thanks," and the leper study then wandered in search of a home, finding none among American publishers.
Eventually the London Review of Books published it in March 2006.
I had read that piece carefully and found it an unusual act of courage as well as scholarship. That's what I told the questioner, adding that I did have two problems with the study:
First, it seemed to me the authors erred in attributing virtually all the motivation for the U.S. attack on Iraq to the Israel Lobby and the so-called "neoconservatives" running our policy and armed forces. Was Israel an important factor? Indeed. But of equal importance, in my view, was the oil factor and what the Pentagon now calls the "enduring" military bases in Iraq, which the White House and Pentagon decided were needed for the United States to dominate that part of the Middle East.
Second, I was intrigued by the fact that Mearsheimer and Walt made no mention of what I believe to be, if not the most telling, then perhaps the most sensational proof of the power the lobby knows it can exert over our government and Congress. In sum, in June 1967, after deliberately using fighter bombers and torpedo boats to attack the USS Liberty for over two hours in an attempt to sink it and kill its crew, and then getting the U.S. government, the Navy and the Congress to cover up what happened, the Israeli government learned that it could — literally — get away with murder.
I found myself looking out at 400 blank stares. The USS Liberty? And so I asked how many in the audience had heard of the attack on the Liberty on June 8, 1967. Three hands went up; I called on the gentleman nearest me.
Ramrod straight he stood:
"Sir, Sgt. Bryce Lockwood, United States Marine Corps, retired. I am a member of the USS Liberty crew, Sir."
Catching my breath, I asked him if he would be willing to tell us what happened.
"Sir, I have not been able to do that. It is hard. But it has been almost 40 years, and I would like to try this evening, sir."
You could hear a pin drop for the next 15 minutes, as Lockwood gave us his personal account of what happened to him, his colleagues and his ship on the afternoon of June 8, 1967.
He was a linguist assigned to collect communications intelligence from the USS Liberty, which was among the ugliest — and most easily identifiable — ships in the fleet with antennae springing out in all directions.
Lockwood told of the events of that fateful day, beginning with the six-hour naval and air surveillance of the Liberty by the Israeli navy and air force on the morning of June 8.
After the air attacks, including thousand-pound bombs and napalm, three 60-ton torpedo boats lined up like a firing squad, pointing their torpedo tubes at the Liberty's starboard hull.
Lockwood had been ordered to throw the extremely sensitive cryptological equipment overboard and had just walked beyond the bulwark separating the NSA intelligence unit from the rest of the ship when, he recalled, he sensed a large black object, a tremendous explosion, and sheet of flame.
The torpedo had struck dead center in the NSA space.
The cold, oily water brought Lockwood back to consciousness. Around him were 25 dead colleagues, but he heard moaning.
Three were still alive; one of Lockwood's shipmates dragged one up the hatch. Lockwood was able to lift the two others, one by one, onto his shoulder and carry them up through the hatch.
This meant alternatively banging on the hatch for someone to open it and swimming back to fish his shipmate out of the water lest he float out to sea through the 39-foot hole made by the torpedo.
At that, Lockwood stopped speaking. It was enough. Hard, very hard — even after almost 40 years.
More at the link:For 40 years, intelligence analysts have kept this knowledge secret, a testament to... more
*The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and International Law* by Lawyers for Palestinian Human RightsImposing a blockade over a coastline is not legal under international law save in specific circumstances involving armed conflict: war must be declared (imposing a unilateral blockade is, in and of itself, an act of war) or Israel must be acting as a belligerent occupier (something which it strongly denies). The Law of the Sea is quite plain that, when an incident takes place on a ship on the high seas (outside anybody's territorial waters), the applicable law is that of the flag state of the ship on which the incident occurred. In legal terms, the Turkish ship was Turkish territory. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/385-freedom-flotillaImposing a blockade over a coastline is not legal under international law save in... more
Stuck in the thick pack ice for almost three weeks just 130km from the Antarctic coast, two choppers are sent to transfer food and mail however only one returns back to base!Stuck in the thick pack ice for almost three weeks just 130km from the Antarctic... more
WMR's intelligence sources in Asia suspect that the March attack on the South Korean Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, the Cheonan, was a false flag attack designed to appear as coming from North Korea.
One of the main purposes for increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula was to apply pressure on Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to reverse course on moving the U.S. Marine Corps base off Okinawa. Hatoyama has admitted that the tensions over the sinking of the Cheonan played a large part in his decision to allow the U.S. Marines to remain on Okinawa. Hatoyama's decision has resulted in a split in the ruling center-left coalition government, a development welcome in Washington, with Mizuho Fukushima, the Social Democratic Party leader threatening to bolt the coalition over the Okinawa reversal.
The Cheonan was sunk near Baengnyeong Island, a westernmost spot that is far from the South Korean coast, but opposite the North Korean coast. The island is heavily militarized and within artillery fire range of North Korean coastal defenses, which lie across a narrow channel.
The Cheonan, an ASW corvette, was decked out with state-of-the-art sonar, plus it was operating in waters with extensive hydrophone sonar arrays and acoustic underwater sensors. There is no South Korean sonar or audio evidence of a torpedo, submarine or mini-sub in the area. Since there is next to no shipping in the channel, the sea was silent at the time of the sinking.
However, Baengnyeong Island hosts a joint US-South Korea military intelligence base and the US Navy SEALS operate out of the base. In addition, four U.S. Navy ships were in the area, part of the joint U.S-South Korean Exercise Foal Eagle, during the sinking of the Cheonan. An investigation of the suspect torpedo's metallic and chemical fingerprints show it to be of German manufacture. There are suspicions that the US Navy SEALS maintains a sampling of European torpedoes for sake of plausible deniability for false flag attacks. Also, Berlin does not sell torpedoes to North Korea, however, Germany does maintain a close joint submarine and submarine weapons development program with Israel.
The presence of the USNS Salvor, one of the participants in Foal Eagle, so close to Baengnyeong Island during the sinking of the South Korean corvette also raises questions.
The Salvor, a civilian Navy salvage ship, which participated in mine laying activities for the Thai Marines in the Gulf of Thailand in 2006, was present near the time of the blast with a complement of 12 deep sea divers.
Beijing, satisfied with North Korea's Kim Jong Il's claim of innocence after a hurried train trip from Pyongyang to Beijing, suspects the U.S. Navy's role in the Cheonan's sinking, with particular suspicion on the role of the Salvor. The suspicions are as follows:
1. The Salvor engaged in a seabed mine-installation operation, in other words, attaching horizontally fired anti-submarine mines on the sea floor in the channel.
2. The Salvor was doing routine inspection and maintenance on seabed mines, and put them into an electronic active mode (hair trigger release) as part of the inspection program.
3. A SEALS diver attached a magnetic mine to the Cheonan, as part of a covert program aimed at influencing public opinion in South Korea, Japan and China.
The Korean peninsula tensions have conveniently overshadowed all other agenda items on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visits to Beijing and Seoul.
http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_5930.shtmlWMR's intelligence sources in Asia suspect that the March attack on the South... more
A team of Chinese and Turkish archeologists reported that they have found strong evidence that the ruins located in Mount Ararat in modern day Turkey belong to the Noah’s Ark. This new development may shake the history of science, technology and religion.
The archeologists have stated that they have carbon tested the wooden parts found buried under ground where the ruins are located and the woods date 4800 years back. The pieces of wood are found at an altitude of 4,000 meters. There has never been a discovery of civilization above 3,500 meters before.
However, Yeung Wing-Cheung, a team member and a documentary producer from Hong Kong said : ” We are not 100% sure that these pieces belong to the Noah’s Ark, but we are 99,9% sure. This discovery is going to make a major change in many religious beliefs. We have only found bones of horses and we have counted a total of 1347 horses. We have not come accross any other animal bones so far”. He also added surprisingly that they have made an interesting discovery too, a marine engine label showing the power as 1347 hp, which is the exact number of horses they have counted in the ruins. The evidence has been sent to New York Archeology Musueum for further analysis.
Marine Engine Label Found During The Excavations
Hakan Osmanoglu, the team leader and professor at Istanbul University said they have also found a general arrangement plan showing 2 master bedroms, 6 guest rooms, a flybridge jacuzzi, a large galley, sauna and a theatre located in the decks of the ark. However, he stated that none of the furniture or appliances has been found as the area have been looted by the crusaders in the late 9th century.
The research report will be made public in the following months when all the pieces are analyzed. We have been given the opportunity to read some of the drafts. The report argues the religious beliefs and re-writes the history of civilizations.
Read More Here ... http://www.gpexaminer.com/?p=101A team of Chinese and Turkish archeologists reported that they have found strong... more
Military intelligence officers warned earlier this year that North Korea was preparing a suicide submarine attack on a South Korean vessel in retaliation for an earlier defeat in a sea battle, a newspaper said Thursday.
There has been growing speculation that North Korea was behind the March 26 explosion that split the 1,200-ton Cheonan in two and sank it, killing at least 39 people and leaving seven missing.
Seoul has not directly blamed Pyongyang for the blast, and the North has denied involvement, but suspicion remains given the country's history of provocation and attacks on the South.
On Thursday, the mass-circulation Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported the Korea Defense Intelligence Command alerted the navy weeks ahead of the ship sinking that North Korea was preparing underwater suicide teams in mini-submarines to attack the South.
These "human torpedo" squads were said to involve small submarines navigated so close to the target that their torpedoes or explosives blow up both target and the attackers, or are timed to explode while the attackers escape from the vehicle, the report said.
The attack preparations were aimed at retaliating against the South over its defeat in a naval skirmish in November, the paper said. The site of the sinking is near where the rival Koreas fought three times since 1999, most recently a November clash that left one North Korean soldier dead and three others wounded.
South Korea is investigating the wreck of the Cheonan and investigators say preliminary indications are the blast was external, not on board the ship. Some experts say the investigation could take several years.
READ MORE AT LINKMilitary intelligence officers warned earlier this year that North Korea was preparing... more
Piracy in the Gulf of Aden has increased too much for the past few years. International community is trying to stop piracy in the region by taking several measures. NATO is currently operating its frigates in the Gulf for patrol, search and rescue missions as well as some other countries. However, this is not enough itself to stop the ships being hijacked.
When the pirates get on board a ship, they first deactivate the crew, take control of the ship, look at the cargo and ship’s safe and see if it’s worth taking the ship to their home port to ask for a ransom. Many shipping companies had to pay millions of dollors to get their ship and many sailors have been kept prisoner for months in bad conditions. The area is too wide and it is not easy to control the whole region.
So here are some tips for the captains who want to navigate their ships safely through the Gulf of Aden.
1.Adjust fuel gauges in the pilot house to show low fuel at all times, keep a real gauge some where else. The pirates will leave your ship if they see there is not enough fuel to take the ship to the port.
2.Hide your ship’s safe in a secret place in one of the black water tanks. The smell would not keep them away but they would not think a white person would keep his money in shit.
3.Do not renew the exterior paint of the ship, try to keep it as old as possible. This will also cut your costs. They may think it is not worth while to hijack such an old ship.
4.Install an “emergency pirate reaction button” which will drop the propellers immediately into the ocean. Their boats will not be able to tow the ship all the way to their home port.
5.Deploy dummy US Marines on the main weather deck with wheels on a track. They should have fake guns and move on the tracks at all times.
6.Alternatively, you can deploy fake KKK members with their white hoods on their heads and a gallows tree with a hanging dummy.
7.Keep a fake consignment note in the ships files which lists ship’s cargo as “chemical and biologic toxic waste”.
8.Write “Slave Ship” in huge white letters on both topsides of the ship.
9.Raise the “Whisky” / “Requiring Medical Assistance” flag. They suffered enough from Aids, they would be scared to get on a ship with another epidemic.
10.Construct a second engine room with very old and broken engines and equipment installed. Label the real engine room hatch as “LIBRARY”.
11.All crew, including the captain should wear old and torn pants and shirts. Everyone must have beard at all times. Tell the pirates that you are not getting paid for 2 years, you have actually hijacked this ship and operating it illegally. This is a little tricky, they can ask you to be partners.
These are what I have come with. Try to think what else could be done and add them in your comments on http://www.gpexaminer.com/?p=88Piracy in the Gulf of Aden has increased too much for the past few years.... more
Sometimes people decide to call things FAILs, when they aren’t really that FAIL. I try to find the glimmer of goodness in everything, so this is another edition of some FAILs that I don’t think are really FAILs.
A dog shit near your gifts. I guess that's a FAIL, but at least you got gifts. Plus your mom told me that one of those presents is a gift certificate to Stanley Steemer.
He could have gotten drunk in the banquet hall, and made a fool of himself and his fellow employees. This jacket is the cruiseline's equivalent of a dunce cap.
This translates as "Snacks Mister Urine." You called this a FAIL, because you say you don't want to walk twenty meters to find snacks. But it's really not that far dude, remember twenty meters is only sixty feet. If you took the time to remember the metric system, we wouldn't keep having this same problem.
Are you so stupid that you actually tried to plant these Cheerios, and expected that donuts would grow? Idiot! You can only grow more Cheerios from those seeds.
Oh you're disappointed that they didn't pluralize MAN. Clearly the bathroom at this Thai train station can hold only one man, and several women.
Fake watches don't keep time, they are made of plastic and silly putty. Genuine fake watches look like they're made by Gucci, but actually keep time. So who you calling a FAIL now?
How is preventing violence a FAIL? Save your quarters for ten-for-one Tuesdays.
The thought process for this FAIL was: "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA A DOG IN A PLACE WHERE IT SHOULDNT BE. THIS IS SO FUNNY TO ME." But this isn't funny to any of us. Sorry bro this isn't a FAIL. But if it makes you feel any better your dog is sort of cute.
Catch up on your FAILs that aren’t FAILS.
- Some FAILs that I don’t think are FAILs #12
- SFTIDTAF #11
- SFTIDTAF #10
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SEOUL - A South Korean warship with 104 people on board sank near the North Korean border late Friday after an unexplained explosion, military officials said, as one report said about 40 sailors were missing.
The Seoul government called an emergency security meeting but military officials said there was no indication so far that the North was involved.
Yonhap news agency, quoting unidentified military officials, said about 40 people were feared missing after the blast tore a hole in the hull of the 1,200-ton corvette Cheonan.
The military said earlier that 58 people had been rescued and gave no update on that figure early Saturday.
A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said he could not confirm the Yonhap report, but indicated that many crewmen were missing. He said official casualty figures would be announced later Saturday.
The news agency said a navy team would dive after daybreak to investigate the cause of the sinking and possibly retrieve bodies.
The Cheonan sank late in the evening near Baengnyeong island in the Yellow Sea, located between the Korean peninsula and China to the west.
Media reports said six naval ships, two coastguard vessels and four other craft were involved in the rescue operation.
"Rescue operations are still under way," the JCS spokesman said. "There is no clue yet on any North Korean involvement."
The JCS said there were no abnormal military movements on the North Korean side of the disputed maritime border, the scene of deadly naval clashes in 1999 and 2002.
Several bodies were retrieved, Yonhap said, without giving an exact figure. Seven crewmen were airlifted to hospital.
"For now, it is not certain whether North Korea is related" to the incident, presidential spokeswoman Kim Eun-Hye said, adding President Lee Myung-Bak had ordered maximum efforts to rescue the crewmen.
"Finding the truth (behind the incident) is important, but saving our sailors is more important," the president was quoted as saying.
Another emergency meeting was to be held Saturday morning.
A government source quoted by local media said officials were investigating various possible causes: an attack by a North Korean torpedo boat, a mine or an explosion of munitions aboard the ship.
The ship was well south of the disputed border and North Korean ships were unlikely to be in the area, a presidential official said.
Last November the navies of the two nations exchanged fire in the area. Seoul's officials said a North Korean patrol boat had retreated in flames but its casualties were unknown. No South Koreans were hurt.
The North refuses to accept the maritime border known as the Northern Limit Line, which was drawn up by United Nations forces after the 1950-53 Korean war. It says the line should run further to the south.
In January the North fired 370 artillery shells into the sea near the border, raising tensions between the two sides.
In an indication of sensitivities around the peninsula, Taiwan to the south activated its national security mechanism and President Ma Ying-jeou ordered close monitoring of the situation after Friday's sinking, the island's official Central News Agency reported.
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