In view of the piracy off the East African coast / Gulf of Aden, and the inability of the navial presence to be all places at once, would the obvious course of action not be to send all shipping in convoy, with a naval escort? I'm sure somebody on ARRSE knows (or has an opinion) why this is not being done, as I'm sure it has been considered. From a cost perspective, I would imagine it must be more cost-effective than paying ransoms, and it would have to be a better use of resources. Is it the logistics of it that is preventing it? Anybody have a more educated opinion - mine comes from reading "The Cruel Sea"