British Royal Marines from Fort Victoria taking down a Pirate mother ship as reported in the last update–looks a lot like a Caribbean drug bust. Helicopter firing warning shots across the bow of a small vessel. Two RHIBs conduct an armed boarding. (I would have thought they would have wanted at least one asset keeping a lookout on the disengaged side of the vessel.)
Somalia and the Indian Ocean:
There is a good breakdown of the expenses incurred in dealing with the threat of piracy, estimated at $7B to $12B. Perhaps surprisingly, it is not the pirates who profit most from piracy, but the insurance and private security companies.
Since our last piracy update on January 13, the waters off Somalia have been relatively quiet. NATO reports only two unsuccessful attack and a hand full of possibly pirate related activity reports. The period has actually been pretty hard on the pirates.
Seals rescued an American and a European being held in Somalia, killing nine of their captors.
Meanwhile the Dutch have again deployed a submarine to the area as an intelligence, surveillance, and recon asset.
Actually prosecuting suspected pirates is still a challenge. gCaptain looks at the record here. More here. The Seychelles, mindful of the effect pirates have had on their economy, is accepting some of these cases, including those recently captured by the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria.
We keep hearing that the solution to the piracy problem is on land. Looks like Somalia may have rich oil reserves. If that is true, there may be sufficient motivation to bring civilization to Somalia at last.
Gulf of Guinea (West Africa):
South East Asia:
Much more on the fresh water piracy incident that left 13 dead on the Mekong River in October.
Armed Security Teams:
Rather than allowing private security firms to protect their flag vessels, the Dutch assign teams of marines and they successfully drove off an attack, possibly with causalities among the pirates.