Now there's a headline you don't read everyday:
The U.S. Navy boarded an apparent pirate ship in the Indian Ocean and detained 26 men for questioning, the Navy said Sunday.These two paragraphs raise a few questions for me, though. First off, why are we naming our warships after British politicians? I like Churchill plenty, but an American ship should not be named after him.
The 16 Indians and 10 Somali men were aboard a traditional dhow that was chased and seized Saturday by the guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill, said Lt. Leslie Hull-Ryde of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain.
Next, this is the Churchill: And this is a dhow:
I imagine it didn't take much chasing for the Churchill to catch up. And I imagine that at least one of the "pirates" cursed when he saw it bearing down on them.
Really, an hilarious situation all-around.
UPDATE [1/22/2006 - 20:57]: What is going on in the world's oceans? This is getting bizarre: Cruise passengers threaten mutiny. WTF, mate?