French combat frogmen sneaked aboard a yacht off Somalia today, overpowered a gang of gunmen and rescued two hostages in a daring raid that President Sarkozy called a warning to pirates in the lawless Red Sea area.
One pirate was killed and six taken prisoner in the 10-minute assault by 30 men from the Hubert Commando, an elite underwater unit that was founded by British-trained officers after Second World War. The dead pirate was the only one to open fire against the frogmen, who parachuted from helicopters at a distance from the 50-foot CarrÃ© d’As (Four Aces). No commandos were hurt.
Wow! Respect to the Hubert Commando! Disrespect to the dim-witted commentators on the Times blog who thought the couple who rescued deserved their fate for venturing into dangerous waters (A French Tuna boat was fired upon 400nm from the Somali coast so dangerous waters covers a lot of ocean anyway). Time was when it was the Royal Navy that secured the Freedom of the Seas that the entire global economy was built upon. Now they just surrender to Iranian pirates.