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)