Wednesday, November 17, 2010
AND NOW FROM DOWN UNDER
Those of you who read NAUTICAL LOG must think that we are obsessed with the Sea Shepherds and we fully admit they are interesting. It seems they always have something going to draw attention to themselves and it works. For the activist maritime Blogs such as NAUTICAL LOG they provide good copy - so here we go again.
In this mornings Press Release folder comes the announcement that the "The Countdown is On for Operation No Comprise" seems that title has been used before by the US Military but no matter. We quote from the PR:
"Final preparations are being made to launch our 7th. Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign, Operation No Compromise. In the first week of December our ships will depart from Tasmania bound for the frigid Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and rugged desolate coast of Antarctica."
Wow! these guys can write dramatic copy, but it would seem this is not written in the bombastic style of Captain, now called Admiral we understand, 'Wats-his-name'. The PR continues:
"With three ships we will, once again, be able to track and intervene against the poachers in the Southern Ocean for the entire season."
Yes! indeed! really!! Do you mean like last season? When you Sea Shepherds got well and truly beaten up by the Japanese Whalers, one vessel sunk, one holed by collision and the "Admirals" command slinking away in the night to hide amongst those confused Aussies in Tasmania. And not to mention the Mad Kiwi - so we won't. Oh! and if you guys thought that was bad just wait and see what the Japanese Whaling Fleet has developed to counteract piracy this season. Now that you will not have that super-warrior sea shepherdess Michelle with you just remember you are on your own down there.
Soon NAUTICAL LOG will add the SSPG and ICR to our Link List for a one-stop to get all the latest information. In the meantime one can go to the SSPG "Operation No Compromise" website and get all the latest - whatever.
Oh! As to that promotion of 'Wats-his-name' the more correct title, since he is in overall command of three ships, is not Admiral its Commodore.