I assume that you're unaware that we seem to be achieving sucess against the pirates - see this other thread?
three months thereâs been just one successful pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden. The same time last year, there were 17. Piracy off the Somali coast is apparently on the decline, big-time.
Commodore Steve Chick, the senior officer for the five-ship NATO counter-piracy task force, has a theory. He says the decline is a combination of three factors. First off, âmerchant ships are taking better self-protection measures.â Chick recalls flying in his Lynx helicopter along the security lane through which vessels are encouraged to sail. Looking down, he saw ships with fire hoses at the ready and barbed-wire on their rails.
Also, the âmilitary are doing better,â Chick adds. In Somali waters there are 20 warships belonging to three international flotillas â NATOâs, the E.U.âs and the American-led Combined Task Force 151 â plus another 20 ships from Russia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and Iran. All the forces, expect Iran, send reps to a monthly meeting in Bahrain to dole out patrol areas. The three flotillas take turns as chair of the assembled fleet, with veto power during any dispute over who sails where. So far, Chick says, there havenât been any arguments. Officers on USS Donald Cook, part of the NATO force, describe sitting in the destroyerâs Combat Information Center listening to sailors from a dozen nations checking in.
Finally, something is giving in Somalia. Piracy has its roots in lawlessness on land. Where law takes hold, pirates canât. The governments of three Somali nations â the Republic of Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland â have all stood up new naval forces, with help from the U.S., NATO and the U.N. While these forces have few boats, they donât necessarily need them, Chick says. Rather, they should focus on beachfront security. As governments crack down, âpiracy is becoming less socially acceptableâ in Somalia, Chick says.