21 June 2007

Gearing up down under

You wanna play... you gotta pay...

Australia has announced plans to buy five new warships at a cost of more than A$11bn ($9bn; £4.5bn). The three destroyers and two amphibious troop carriers will be Australia's most advanced and expensive warships.

Prime Minister John Howard said they would greatly enhance the country's ability to send forces at strength.
And as anyone who has watched Aussie Rules Football can testify... these guys play hard.
The BBC reported earlier today that Iranian naval forces tried to capture the boarding team, but were repelled in the face of machine guns and "highly colourful language".

Quoting a "military source", BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner reported Iranian forces made a concerted attempt to seize a boarding party from the Royal Australian Navy and that the Australians "were having none of it".

"The BBC has been told the Australians re-boarded the vessel they had just searched," Gardner reports, "aimed their machine guns at the approaching Iranians, and warned them to back off, using what was said to be 'highly colourful language'.

"The Iranians withdrew, and the Australians were reportedly lifted off the ship by one of their own helicopters."
I love these guys.

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Anonymous said...

I guess the Iranians should stick with the Brits who would be happy enough to break out the tea for their captors.

Reg said...

Huzzah! The Aussies have another one on their Limey brothers.

Neo Conservative said...

they probably think of them more as weak sisters these days.