A spree of waterloos continues. Nigerian Navy won another battle.

Aug. 29, 2013 at 05:10 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

Nigerian Navy scored one more victory in war with pirates, won in a “gun battle which ended in pirates waterloo” – a quote from media reports. Waterloo took place early in the morning Aug 27 13 near Oron Pilate Island, Calabar, near Nigerian and Cameroon borders. As other victorious stories of Nigerian Navy epoch sea battles, the new one is a bit of mystery, too. According to most media sources (all referring to Navy Command), Navy was warned about two suspicious boats by local fishermen. Two Navy patrol boats which were dispatched to check, found suspects and surrounded them. Pirates fired a broadside, when asked to stop, thus sparking off the waterloo. Pirates were destroyed in a fierce gun battle, with six killed and one captured. Smoke and glory all around, Nelson (or Wellington?) sending his respect.

According to other sources, namely Channel TV Nigeria, battle took place under different circumstances. Navy boat or boats were escorting local ferry Brenda Corlett, or a Navy team was on board of the ferry, it’s difficult to understand. Pirates on two boats tried to attack the ferry unleashing fierce battle, which ended in pirates devastating defeat. Glory and scale of the victory are the same as in the first version.

Nothing is wrong with Nigerian Navy victories and Waterloos (with all their mysteries and contradictions), as long as their unbeatable war skills don’t threaten foreign vessels and crews. Better be a live hostage in pirates’ captivity, then a corpse freed by Nigerian Navy. Pirates are trigger-happy, Navy is trigger-happy, but seafarers caught in-between definitely are not.

Voytenko Mikhail

Passenger ro-ro Brenda Corlett, IMO 7341178, 1088 gt, built 1974, flag Cameroon or Belize, manager according to AIS is The Corlett Group (Gibraltar), which is operating two passenger ro-ro vessel in Gulf of Guinea.

A spree of waterloos continues. Nigerian Navy won another battle.

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