Pirates Smarter, More Dangerous, More Numerous

27.04.09

Categorie: Africa, Naval, Piracy |

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Until last week, to protect against Somali pirates, it was enough to have a warship escorting your commercial ships. In two years of escorts by NATO, the E.U. and various Western navies acting alone, not a single U.N. food ship was captured off the Somali coast.

But pirates have evolved. Last week a swarm of pirate boats attacked an oil convoy being escorted by the Yemeni coast guard. While part of the pirate band lured the coast guard vessel into a firefight — two pirates were killed — the other bad guys hit the now-unprotected convoy, capturing an oil tanker.

Blogger EagleOne recommends that navies deploy their own armed boat swarms to counter the tactic.

(Photo: U.S. Navy)

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5 Responses to “Pirates Smarter, More Dangerous, More Numerous”

  1. WarLord says:

    Isn’t this swarming and distraction tactic what U-boats did to convoys in WW2?

    Everything old is new again, only this time no enigma machine….

  2. Ed says:

    One M-80 Stiletto can discharge it’s own “Swam” of “Protectors.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M80_Stiletto

    and “Protectors” are made, just to handle this type of problem.
    http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/future-weapons/weapons/zone2/protector-usv.html

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