January 23, 2006


Suspected pirate ship surrenders to U.S.: Navy Eight-hour chase off Somali coast is sign of stepped-up Western safeguard attempts (PAUL KORING, January 23, 2006, Globe and Mail)

A suspected pirate ship was shadowed, shot at and finally surrendered to a U.S. warship after an eight-hour, slow-speed chase off the Somali coast, the navy announced yesterday.

The high-seas drama, not far from where gunmen in fast launches fired a rocket-propelled grenade and swept bullets across the decks of a posh cruise liner last November, was the first evidence of stepped-up efforts by Western navies to safeguard shipping from the increasing threat of seaborne hijackings and robberies.

The U.S. Navy said one of its guided-missile destroyers, the USS Winston S. Churchill, fired warning shots after the rusting, nondescript and unnamed vessel ignored multiple warnings to stop.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2006 9:30 AM

"USS Winston S. Churchill" ?

Posted by: John J. Coupal at January 23, 2006 10:13 AM

An Arleigh Burke class destroyer.
we once had a Spruance class destroyer USS Comte DeGrasse.

Just an honor for a great man and an American citizen, so made by act of Congress.

Posted by: Mikey at January 23, 2006 10:18 AM

Now, if only they would keel-haul the pirates.

Posted by: ratbert at January 23, 2006 11:13 AM

Per Wikipedia:

Churchill is the only active U.S. Navy warship named after a foreign national (though Churchill was granted honorary American citizenship), and is the first destroyer and only the fourth U.S. warship named after an Englishman. (The others were Alfred, an armed merchantman named after King Alfred the Great; Raleigh, a continental frigate, named after Sir Walter Raleigh and Effingham, named after Thomas Howard the 3rd Earl of Effingham who resigned his commission rather than fight the Americans during the American Revolutionary War.)

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 23, 2006 11:18 AM

Hey, if they've got a elevated line in The Bronx running down a street named after Churchill's grandfather past Yankee Stadium, they can name a destroyer after his grandson.

Posted by: John at January 23, 2006 11:52 AM

Now that bunch should have been dressed in fruit of the loom briefs and set adrift on rafts.

Posted by: Genecis at January 23, 2006 2:33 PM