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Long Somalian Pirate article. Germans using spotting subs.

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Long Somalian Pirate article. Germans using spotting subs.

Postby U-5075 » Sat May 16, 2009 7:59 am ... world-news

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----------------- anti-piracy measures ---------------------

Are German Anti-Pirate Forces Hampered by Bureaucrats? By SPIEGEL Staff

'The Sword is Dull'.............................

Schäuble took Jung aside during a cabinet meeting last week. He wanted to know if the Defense Ministry would be willing to station a kind of mobile task force consisting of KSK soldiers and frogmen on the German frigates in the Indian Ocean, at least as a provisional measure? This could make it possible to quickly end hijackings before the seized ships reach the pirate ports on the coast. Jung remained noncommittal.
He's aware that Schäuble's suggestions don't have a good track record. In response to a request by the Interior Ministry, Jung sent a submarine to Somalia to secretly observe the pirate stronghold from periscope depth and drop off GSG-9 men. On the way there, the much-praised fuel cell propulsion system -- which allows the world's most advanced conventional submarine to stay under water for weeks on end -- came to a grinding halt. Before it even reached the Suez Canal, U-34 was stopped in the Mediterranean by engine trouble.
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