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    Des militaires belges à bord des navires - lesoir.be

    Le Conseil des ministres a décidé dans le cadre de la lutte contre la piraterie, de mettre des militaires à bord des navires battant pavillon belge dont l’armateur le demande. La décision est d’application pour deux mois, de début mai à fin juin.
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    Le recours à l’intervention de militaires belges ne pourra toutefois se faire qu’en ordre subsidiaire. La flotte marchande belge devra en priorité demander l’assistance de la flotte européenne dans le cadre de la mission Atalanta qui est active dans la région et à laquelle la frégate Louis-Marie participera début septembre, a expliqué après le Conseil le ministre de la Défense, Pieter De Crem.

    Dans le cas où cette flotte ne peut assurer la protection des navires marchands belges, les armateurs pourront faire appel à une équipe de 8 militaires pour la protection de leurs navires.

    Les armateurs devront payer un montant forfaitaire de 115.000 euros par mission pour couvrir les frais de l’opération. Chaque mission devrait durer environ une semaine.
    Ships who can't be protected by the European mission Atalanta may ask to be protected by a squad of 8 soldiers if they pay 115,000€

    That's quite a good idea!
    I just hope they won't have to make summonings in 10 languages before starting to shoot!

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    Re: Belgian soldiers to protect ships against pirates

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    Ships who can't be protected by the European mission Atalanta may ask to be protected by a squad of 8 soldiers if they pay 115,000€

    That's quite a good idea!
    I just hope they won't have to make summonings in 10 languages before starting to shoot!
    So basically....your government is renting out mercenaries. Damned it, I knew there was money to be made in that racket.
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    Re: Belgian soldiers to protect ships against pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    So basically....your government is renting out mercenaries. Damned it, I knew there was money to be made in that racket.
    The money is to pay the costs of the operation, it's not to make benefits!

    And it's only for Belgian ships that can't be protected by the European mission Atalanta

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    Re: Belgian soldiers to protect ships against pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by bub View Post
    The money is to pay the costs of the operation, it's not to make benefits!

    And it's only for Belgian ships that can't be protected by the European mission Atalanta
    But you're hiring out your military for "protection". That's truth. The military is already paid for via tax payers, you're now renting out the military to people who can afford it for protection.'

    Just give the bastards on board guns and be done with it...a hell of a lot cheaper than mercenaries.
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    Re: Belgian soldiers to protect ships against pirates

    Here's the OP quote in English:

    The Council of Ministers decided within the framework of the fight against piracy, to put soldiers aboard ships flying Belgian flag whose ship-owner asks it. The decision is of application for two months, of at the beginning of May with at the end of June.

    Belgian soldiers aboard ships Belga The recourse to the intervention of Belgian soldiers could however be done only in subsidiary order. The Belgian merchant fleet will have in priority to ask for the assistance of the European fleet within the framework of the Atalanta mission which is active in the area and in which the Louis-Marie frigate will take part at the beginning of September, explained after the Council the Minister for Defense, Pieter De Crem.

    If this fleet cannot ensure the protection of the Belgian trading vessels, the ship-owners will be able to call upon a team of 8 soldiers for the protection of their ships. The ship-owners will have to pay a flat-rate amount of 115.000 euros per mission to cover the expenses of the operation. Each mission should last approximately a week.
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    Re: Belgian soldiers to protect ships against pirates

    Those pirates don't stand a chance. They are no match for Jean-Claude Van Damme!

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    Re: Belgian soldiers to protect ships against pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewC View Post
    Those pirates don't stand a chance. They are no match for Jean-Claude Van Damme!
    The pirates are being owned already


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    Somali vigilantes have captured 12 armed pirates in two boats, as coastal communities begin to fight back against the sea raiders.

    Regional leaders at Alula and Bargaal in Somalia's northern Puntland region told the BBC they have put together a militia of fishermen to catch pirates.

    They decided to act as they were fed up with their fishing vessels being seized at gunpoint by the ocean-going bandits.



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    Re: Belgian soldiers to protect ships against pirates

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    But you're hiring out your military for "protection". That's truth. The military is already paid for via tax payers, you're now renting out the military to people who can afford it for protection.'

    Just give the bastards on board guns and be done with it...a hell of a lot cheaper than mercenaries.
    Indeed they're being paid and maybe they should try to protect every ship instead of that

    However, they're not mercenaries because
    - they're part of the conflict (they protect Belgian ships being attacked, not French or Italian ones)
    - the money is not for them, it's to pay the material
    - they're part of an official mission for the army

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    Re: Belgian soldiers to protect ships against pirates

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    Those pirates don't stand a chance. They are no match for Jean-Claude Van Damme!
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    Re: Belgian soldiers to protect ships against pirates

    Didn't know Belgium had an army. I've learned something today. Thanks!
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