13 November, 2014. 13:25
ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | [email protected]
A BIPARTISAN STRIKE by Solomon Islands-based pirates and Australian fighter aircrafts on the Russian warships in the Coral Sea was executed this afternoon.
– German newspaper Die Spiegel was the first to report that Australia may be at a de-facto state of war with the Russian Federation.
– The Hawaii-based US Pacific fleet has been order to “crash sail” to the Coral Sea in an effort to prevent any conflict from starting.
– Two US Ohio-class submarines are believed to be already operation in the area and have shadowed the Russian fleet since they left port on October 23.
However, the Australian media has remained dormant on the crisis.
The RAAF F/A 18 Super Hornets opened fire with warning flares after two of the Russian boats crossed deliberately in to our sovereign waters.
Solomoni pirates have attacked a Russian supply vessel with the objective of capturing food and medical equipment after the current Abbott government cut their aid funding.
No Australian casualties have been record in the operation but it is confirmed that a great swathe of pirates have been killed in the first wave of the assault.
It’s understood by intelligence analysts that the pirates were ill-equipped to take on the Russian ship, which has lead to a significant amount of Solomoni deaths.
An aircraft charted by ABC News was also mistakenly fired upon by the pirates but it’s been confirmed they failed to hit the Beechcraft Baron.
Unconfirmed reports have also surfaced suggesting that the pirates were distracted by the ABC news crew, which led them to being slaughtered mercilessly by Russian sailors.
Three RAN Collins-class submarines set sail from HMAS Platypus in Sydney last night and are scheduled to arrive in the Coral Sea by the end of the week.
Minister for Defence, David Johnston is adamant that escalation is the right step to take.
“I’m a firm believer in matching aggression with aggression,” says Senator Johnston.
“The Russian navy has never been tested in modern warfare,”
“The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has been at war with people smugglers and dope pedlars for decades,” says Senator Johnston.
“We’ve got the upper hand.”
Defence analysts have also outlined that the diesel-electric submarines still used by the RAN also have an edge over their Russian counterparts.
“The Collins-class has duped the US Navy many times in past war games,” says Captain Gary Housey of the US Naval College.
“They run super quiet but their range is pretty bad,”
“I’m expecting a few Russian cruisers to end up being part of that there great reef of theirs.”
Prime minister Tony Abbott says his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is still frosty, despite the two leaders having private talks this morning on the banks of the Brisbane River.
“We’re trying to find a peaceful end to the bloodshed in the Coral Sea,” says Mr Abbott.
“But it sure doesn’t help the situation when your only tangible ally in this whole thing jumps the gun and attacks a warship in tinny,”
The Russian president has refused to comment on the growing crisis and journalists who attempted to question Mr Putin are turning up face down in Moreton Bay.
Should diplomacy fail, the Australian and Russian fleets are expected to meet on the weekend, which would trigger the first all-out naval battle since 1982.
“We’re trying to avoid that at all costs,” says Mr Abbott.
“The Minister for Defence is also trying to mentally shirt-front Mr Putin so don’t take anything he says with a grain of salt.”