Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dutch Marines take down Somali pirates

Here is the Dutch navy in action, taking down a Somali pirate ship in the Gulf of Aden.  Although the intro labels the participants as Dutch sailors, don’t be fooled – the Korps Mariniers are the Marines of the Netherlands.  (Having been in both the US Marines & the US Navy, I can understand why they would want me to specify who they are, & by way of explanation, I should quote Field Marshall Montgomery:  “A Marine should be sworn to the patient endurance of hardships, like the ancient knights; and it is not the least of these necessary hardships to have to serve with sailors.”)

Just to show that you don’t have to be smart to be a pirate, they take the Dutch boarding party under fire as it approaches.  Naturally, the Dutch generously return the greeting.

My bio refers to the fact that I served with a collection of foreign Marine units in my time, either in combined training operations, individual assignments, or being ‘seconded’.  I wasn’t assigned to the Korps, but I did some training ops with them, including a time when I was hanging out with the UK Royal Marines.  Both the Dutch & British Marines have a long history of combined operations, & together they serve as a combined NATO Marine Command.

Good job with those pirates, guys.  QPO

(H/T to Donald Sensing)

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