Posted by: Dark Defender | November 12, 2008

Bad day to be a pirate

An interesting articlefrom MSNBC today, seems the world’s anti-piracy efforts are finally starting to bear  fruit.

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Russian and British forces repelled a pirate attack on a cargo ship in the first action by a Russian warship sent to fight hijackings off Somalia, the two nations said Wednesday.

Russian Navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo said the Russian missile frigate Neustrashimy and the British frigate Cumberland each sent up a helicopter and foiled pirates trying to take over the Danish vessel.

“The pirates tried to hit the ship with automatic weapons fire and made several attempts to seize it,” Dygalo said on state-run Vesti-24 television.

He did not say whether the Russians or British opened fire.

The British Ministry of Defense said that the incident occurred Tuesday and one of its warships had boarded a foreign-flagged dhow — a traditional wooden vessel — suspected of piracy.

Russia sent the Neustrashimy, or Intrepid, to protect Russian ships and crew off Somalia’s coast after a Ukrainian freighter with three Russians aboard was hijacked in September.

A NATO flotilla of seven vessels is also patrolling the Gulf of Aden to help the U.S. 5th Fleet in anti-piracy patrols and to escort cargo vessels. The 5th Fleet said that it has repelled about 2 dozen pirate attacks since Aug 22 of this year. NATO officials said alliance warships have not fended off any attacks on the merchant ships they are protecting.

The European Union has approved sending four to six ships backed by aircraft to replace the NATO force in December. The Greek government approved a plan Wednesday to contribute a frigate and hold the flotilla’s rotating command


I am however skeptical that a real solution is going to come about while we are still willing to negotiate with pirates.  As long as it remains a good way to make money I think attacks will continue.


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