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SK Commandos Practice Their Skills on Pirates

South Korean commandos have retaken the Samho Jewelry, freeing the crew and reportedly eight pirates had been killed and five captured.  I appreciate the president’s comments: “We will not tolerate any behavior that threatens the lives and safety of our people in the future.” which I hope includes North Korea.

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  • http://pawikirogii.blogspot.com pawikirogii

    soldout, look who’s got a backbone! don’t let your head explode.

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  • http://www.thewaygookeffect.com/ thewaygookeffect

    If those pirates had nuclear weapons pointed at Seoul, then this situation might have been handled different.

  • http://adamsawry.wordpress.com Adams-awry

    -ly.

  • R. Elgin

    Per #2, different tools for different fools.

  • leguwan

    With a name like “Samho Jewelry” they were kinda opening their legs to the pirates …or what?

  • cm

    ““We will not tolerate any behavior that threatens the lives and safety of our people in the future.” which I hope includes North Korea.”

    Before the Yeonpyong attack, I don’t think it was politically feasible for SK government to get into risky military combat operations. The pounding that SK military took, and the aftermath changed all that.

  • cm

    Now what to do with the 5 captured Somali pirates?

  • http://forum.koreansentry.com Koreansentry

    This was their 2nd time have been captured by pirates, what a fools.

  • http://www.san-shin.org sanshinseon

    SK commandos Mansae!!

  • http://www.biblegateway.com setnaffa

    Some folks don’t understand how easy it is to take over a civilian ship… They talk tough; but the fact is that unless they put squads of armed guards on these ships AND implement convoys with military vessels, the piracy won’t end…

    Even if someone killed all of the Somalians…

  • http://www.sperwerslog.com Sperwer

    Bravo

  • 8675309

    It goes without saying that the ROKs have some of the best Special Operations Forces in the world — from the ROKN UDT’s who were the ones who pulled this off, to 707 SMB and the various other commando units and SWC battalions within the ROK Army.

    On the other hand, what good are these highly specialized and professional CT and SF units — many of which cross-train with other CT and SF units around the world, especially the ROK Army’s 707 Special Mission Battalion, which cross-trains with the U.S. Army’s Delta Force, Germany’s GSG-9, France’s GIGN, UK’s SAS, etc. — if they are next to never utilized? The fact is that up till now, these units have been rendered useless under a government that is loathe to use them for any purpose whatsoever (some say it is due to some lingering resentment by many left-wingers in government against the ROK Army’s Special Warfare Command and other elite commando units for perpetrating the Kwangju Massacre back in 1980 under Chun Do-hwan.)

    That said, 2MB’s current tough talk — “This mission shows that the South Korean government will not negotiate with pirates…” — belies the fact that negotiating with Somali pirates and other terrorist groups holding Korean nationals hostage has been the de facto policy of the ROK government each and every time before (six times before with Somali pirates, and once before with the Taliban for the k-missionaries in Afghanistan where multi-million dollar ransoms were paid to Somali pirates and the Taliban to secure the release of Koreans).

    And it’s not as if the ROKs are window dressing either. The ROK infantry and SWC officers and NCOs I worked with back in the summer of 2005 — this was back when a Korean translator was beheaded by Al-Qaeda in Iraq — and in 2007 when the k-missionaries were being held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan, I remembered those guys were literally foaming at the mouth, chomping at the bit, crying bloody murder, demanding revenge, and literally begging to be sent by their government into Iraq and Afghanistan by mass parachute drop to hunt the perpetrators out and avenge a fellow Korean. (Unfortunately, a dickless government decided to stick their heads in the sand and ignore the whole situation, as usual.) Hopefully, this action will be force the ROK government to grow a pair and act like a legitimate government in the future.

  • seouldout

    Sidekick Puh Puh Pokey,

    The highlight of the BBC article is this word: “unprecedented”.

    Remember what you’ve written before… you’re an advocate of appeasement and pay-offs. Fortunately for Korea words like yours carry less weight.

    To the S. Korean gov’t I have this to say: ” ‘Bout time. And well done.”

  • seouldout

    It goes without saying that the ROKs have some of the best Special Operations Forces in the world…

    Bit premature, doncha think? It is only one afterall.

  • seouldout

    The good news keeps a comin’.

  • CactusMcHarris

    Mansae to the boys who took care of business and the government which unleashed them.

  • slim

    >”Now what to do with the 5 captured Somali pirates?”

    Go classic pirate on them and make them walk the plank.

  • http://www.sperwerslog.com Sperwer

    Or swing by their necks from the yardarm – if they are still alive after being keel-hauled

  • Wedge

    Good show. Hang the leftovers up by their nutsacs.

  • tinyflowers

    All that counter-strike finally paying off.

  • DLBarch

    It’ll be interesting to see whether 2MB gets any political bump from the success of these commandos. Giving the go-ahead for an operation like this is rife with peril. If the mission succeeds, its the “fine efforts of highly trained commandos.” If it fails, it’s “the president screwed up.”

    Pres. Obama got no props at all from the current crop of classless GOP nuts when he ordered the very successful head shots on those three Somali pirates not too long ago. Let’s see if the Left in Korea is just as classless as the GOP Right.

    Whatever the political fallout, this was a major success, and demonstrated that Seoul can take care of business when it needs to.

    DLB

  • slim

    So — pawi, tinyflowers, Koreansentry, minjokjuija, Koldjik, BigJung — know you know what it takes to get respect at The Hole: kill a bunch of scurvy-dog Somalis.

  • slim

    now you know….

  • tinyflowers

    I see slim has an unhealthy obssession. You see what’s on his mind. lol.

  • gbevers

    I hope this will serve as an example for other states on how to deal with pirates.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com setnaffa

    Has slim left his PC on and let a 12 year old post for him? He’s worse than me today!

    And DLBarch seems to feel that President Obama needs only to be praised for the few good things he’s done and not excoriated for the waves of crapulescence flowing from his teleprompter and that of “Baghdad Bob” Gibbs…

    When the President stops indicating Americans who disagree with him politically (you know, us ignorant tax-paying, bitter-clingers) are more of a threat to the world than al Qaeda, the Somali Pirates, the Russian/Iranian mind meld over nukes, the Chinese saber-rattling and bullying (not to mention increased spending in Europe and South America), the Iranian support of terror across the Middle East and Central Asia, and Chavez of Venezuela playing footsie with the Norks, Iranians, and everyone else who doesn’t like us…

    Well, __if__ he ever recognizes we’re all Americans for longer than one speech in a row, we might be able to do things like we did under Clinton…

  • http://pawikirogii.blogspot.com pawikirogii

    i forgot to say this:

    bravo, korea. bravo.

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    Slim (#22) referred to the “scurvy-dog Somalis,” but where does he offer any evidence that they actually had scurvy? Couldn’t we at least wait for the autopsy report?

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • dokdoforever

    2MB can’t do much to demonstrate the credible use of force against N Korea, so Somali pirates offer a good stand in. It makes for a good political show. Over the long run, unfortunately, the Somali pirates have quite an effective racket going. No state, including the US, is likely to pay the costs of devoting forces fulltime to crack down on these people. These Somalis picked on the wrong target at the wrong time.
    As for what happens to those 5? They’ll be dropped off in Kenya, make their way back to Somalia and probably get back into pirating.

    BTW, shippers could put a halt to this if they wanted to employ private security.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “2MB can’t do much to demonstrate the credible use of force against N Korea, so Somali pirates offer a good stand in. ”

    Practically took the words out of my mouth. The Somali government is so powerless, it’s resorting to hiring mercenaries to deal with the pirate problem. And, let’s be frank, shooting dark skinned people is far less politically risky than shooting other Koreans. Let me just call it Social Darwinism and leave it at that.

  • cm

    A real credit should go to the Navy UDT / SEALS. This is the same unit that mounted a hopeless under water rescue operation after the Cheonan was sunk. From this unit, a senior officer diver gave his life, trying to save the men trapped in the sunken ship when he dived underwater too many times against the advice of his peers. The Cheonan crew who were trapped in the sunken ship were probably all dead, long before the rescue operation was mounted.

    This rescue off of African coast was a text book special forces operation. The UDT men gave some pride back to South Korea who has been knocked around pretty good. So finally, here’s something Koreans can cheer about. That includes the Korean SEAL sniper sitting in a badly shaking Linkx helicopter who fired off a single shot that killed one of the pirates – a very difficult feat accomplished under any circumstances, and also a display of very high skills in marksmanship. Inside the ship, there was an intense firefight for over half an hour, as the Somali pirates offered up a stiff resistance. But these Somali tribesmen and fishermen turned pirates were no match for highly trained and skilled South Korean navy special forces men.

    Finally something for South Koreans to cheer about.

  • cm

    dokdoforever, Kenya has recently refused to handle anymore Somali pirates captured by third countries. That plan is out the window. According to this report, those captured five will probably stand trial in South Korea. The report also says there’s a good chance Korea can just end up in a bind, if the pirates apply for refugee status, as they have done in the past when a few European countries tried them in their home countries.

    http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/01/22/2011012200124.html

  • Sonagi

    The report also says there’s a good chance Korea can just end up in a bind, if the pirates apply for refugee status, as they have done in the past when a few European countries tried them in their home countries.

    What bind? European countries are constrained by EU regulations and ridiculous court rulings like the one forbidding UK officials from returning asylum seekers to fellow EU member Greece. A Korean court could quickly adjucate any asylum petitions by the pirates without any international interference.

  • keith

    Well done to the Navy lads. Collecting a few pirate scalps is exactly what they should do and I’d like other countries to do it more often. The piracy problem around there is serious and governments need to get tough on it, but it is also a symptom of a very sick and corrupt country. Tough on piracy and tough on the causes of piracy should be the tactic. The real battle needs to be fought on the ground rather than the high seas.

    The Navy diver who died in the aftermath of the Cheonan was stupid, he crossed the line from bravery and went into idiot territory. If he was that highly trained he would have knew of the extreme danger he was putting himself in and heeded his colleagues’ advice. Cheonan was a sad day for the Korean Navy, pulling off this highly professional and glorious win against the pirates should make the Navy feel pride in a job well done.

    Well done ROK Navy!

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Don’t get me wrong, the pirates got what they had coming and the commandos did a wonderful job, but that is neither here nor there. This is one voter who won’t let himself be so easily swayed.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com setnaffa

    “SomeguyinKorea” <— Refuses to drop his Sunshine Policy toward Pyongyang…

  • tinyflowers

    the pirates got what they had coming and the commandos did a wonderful job, but that is neither here nor there

    Actually that was the subject of this post. Your political spin is neither here nor there.

  • belair716_

    setnaffa’s comment 36

    is just hilarious!

    (Yeah, there are a bunch of S. Koreans who take a similar stance to SomeguyinKorea’s…)

    Bravo, South Korean Navy, Bravo, UDT and SEAL Teams!

  • feld_dog

    And the icing on the cake: a hard-fought, well-deserved victory over the Iranians in the Asia Cup.

    Quite a good weekend for the ROK.

  • non korean

    Hard to know for sure but I’m sure paying the pirates off last time just put a bigger bulls eye on every Korean ship (Am I still allowed to say bull’s eye? Will the next murder be pinned on me and my vitriol? Gosh I hope not.) Does that mean this ship wouldn’t have been taken? Who knows but paying them off the first time sure didn’t help. The success of the recent mission sure would make a pirate think twice about taking another Korean ship. Good for Korea. They made a mistake the first time and had to take this kind of measure to make it right.

    “Pres. Obama got no props at all from the current crop of classless GOP nuts when he ordered the very successful head shots on those three Somali pirates not too long ago. Let’s see if the Left in Korea is just as classless as the GOP Right.”

    I agree that Obama should have gotten more props for shooting the pirates. Conservatives didn’t give the just props for that. A few did but not enough.

    I am very interested in how liberals square the fact Obama has largely followed the same Bush foreign and terrorist policies. I mean Bush was Hitler and the Devil incarnate. A warmonger ready to take away everyone’s individual rights. Should be in jail for something or other. On the other hand Obama is the great and wise philosopher king.

    Gitmo still open after promising to get rid of it as his very first act.
    Patriot act still in effect, never vetoed it when it came to his desk.
    Iraq Now you can say we are out of Iraq but 50,000 troops still getting killed says different. A pig with lipstick is still a pig.
    Afghanistan- actually expanded operations.
    Pakistan again extended operations.
    No headway with North Korea or Iran. I thought talking without preconditions was going to CHANGE things.

    Yet no calls from the left about how evil those policies are. Yet no calls from the left for putting the evil man implementing them in jail. Curious. The amount of gymnastics, tightrope walking, twisting and turning to square that logic is truly a circus inside a mind. All that is needed now is a clown. Nevermind…Biden.

  • Minjokjuuija

    So — pawi, tinyflowers, Koreansentry, minjokjuija, Koldjik, BigJung — know you know what it takes to get respect at The Hole: kill a bunch of scurvy-dog Somalis.

    I’m not necessarily against piracy. A major component of globalism is hydraulic despotism. I’m not necessarily supportive of that which enables or enforces it, nor necessarily against that which counters or disrupts it.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    ““SomeguyinKorea” <— Refuses to drop his Sunshine Policy toward Pyongyang…"

    "(Yeah, there are a bunch of S. Koreans who take a similar stance to SomeguyinKorea’s…)"

    Mmm, unless he was being sarcastic, he's as perceptive as a fence post. My "sunshine police" for North Korea would involve burying members of the North Korean government in a desert up to their necks.

    Yes, shooting a Somali pirates, that's one hell of a message to North Korea…the message being that the South Korean government won't take action unless the threat is halfway around the world.

  • cm

    I got this news from Chosun Ilbo who reported on Reuter News that the Somali pirate commanders are now threatening to search out for South Korean ships to capture then kill the hostages, in revenge for the pirate’s deaths. The pirates say they will never take cash from S.Korea any more.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE70M01O20110123

  • cm

    Chosun Ilbo also reports that the government will fly the five captured Somali pirates into South Korea early next month and put them on trial for violating UN laws. The report says they will be provided with defense counsel and they will have their day in court, and the Korean government is saying they will have no choice but to try to rescue any future Korean hostages.

  • R. Elgin

    Per #43, this would and should lead to SK forces searching for Somali pirate leaders and killing them first or, as others mentioned, placing security on ships. SK special forces would welcome any and all practice on willing targets.

  • cm

    #45, Korean government is also reported to be looking at allowing armed security on board the ships.

    Frankly, I think the Somali pirate ships would make a perfect live naval practice for the S.Korean navy. These are nothing more then amateur gangster thugs on the high seas.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “Per #43, this would and should lead to SK forces searching for Somali pirate leaders and killing them first or, as others mentioned, placing security on ships. SK special forces would welcome any and all practice on willing targets.”

    Yes, maybe it should.

    ” #45, Korean government is also reported to be looking at allowing armed security on board the ships.

    Frankly, I think the Somali pirate ships would make a perfect live naval practice for the S.Korean navy. These are nothing more then amateur gangster thugs on the high seas.”

    Dude, shooting at those pirates is like shooting fish in a barrel. There’s hardly any sport in that, or military experience to be gained from it. South Korean commandos are probably very well experienced already anyways. Let me put it this way: we only hear of the missions the government wants us to know about. But, you forget something very important: the South Korean navy isn’t there just to protect South Korean boats, and even if it was, there are many South Korean ships sailing those seas. That’s cause for concern, unless you start taking out the pirate leaders.

  • tinyflowers

    Sounds like the pirates are declaring open season… on themselves. Not a good idea.

  • Yeongung

    As my initial post, I shall give you all the gift of video.
    I’ll just leave this here…

    http://www.newdaily.co.kr/news/article.html?no=68860

    I’m sure most of us have seen it already anyway.

  • Wedge

    I know I’ve been a strong advocate of Arc Light strikes on those pirate villages on these pages, but perhaps that would be unnecessarily destructive (I did say I’d drop leaflets to give people warning to leave, however). A new and more surgical strategy would be to send Predators over from Djibouti or offshore and target every Beemer, Merc or Bentley for a Hellfire up its tailpipe within a certain kill zone.

    Of course that would probably only work once, unless these guys are really idiots, and I don’t think they are. Anyway, it would raise the risk level in the equation a bit so more of these people would turn to more wholesome employment like human trafficking.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “A new and more surgical strategy would be to send Predators over from Djibouti or offshore and target every Beemer, Merc or Bentley for a Hellfire up its tailpipe within a certain kill zone.”

    LOL. I’ve thought of that. Another target would be shantytown shacks with satellite dishes.

  • cmm

    Awesome, and Bravo men.

    …and as a bonus, minjoke plopped in for the first time in awhile (that I’ve noticed) and has made another attempt to impress us with his excellent English vocabulary and oh-so-edgy political opinions. Long time no see buddy^^