Somalia Piracy

#1
Picture of security team on board one of our vessels just before a run-in with 19-20 skiffs about a day out of Aden over the weekend. I hv the incident report from the vessel itself if anyone is interested to see, and no-one thinks it is an opsec issue....
It's pretty obvious what scared then off...
 

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The_Duke

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#4
LRGD

The most feared weapon of all - the Long Range Ginger Device. It takes some manoeuvering to ensure the ship is upwind of the pirate vessels so that the stench of fox piss overcomes them, but the result is well worth it.
 
#9
I'd like to see the incident report.
Written with guardroom ruler:

Sir, at the time and date stated we put on our Soloman trainers, drew our G-3 and L1A1 & binos and moved to the front of the boat for a catalogue pose.

We failed to look warry because one of the lads looked a bell in the helmet and not putting a mag on.

We valiantly returned to the cookhouse and felt justified in drawing our £300 today.
 
#10
Just in case you missed the PM Swissian, I manage in that field and wouldn't mind a squint
 
#11
ok here it is..

Dear... - Good Morning,

..... was attacked by pirates on 13/Jun in posn ........ at arnd 1500 hrs Z.

Three skiffs approached the vessel from the starboard bow with 5-6 men in each with weapons. The ship raised the alarm and the security guards took positions. Then, soon we had another 4 skiffs from the starboard quarter approaching the vessel. All 4 security guards wore their bullet proof vests and uncocked their guns and kept stand by with hand flares to scare the pirates. After about 3-4 minutes we had abt another 3-4 skiffs from the port bow and abt 7 skiffs from the port quarter. The vesel was fully surrounded by pirate skiffs, a total of abt 19-20 skiffs all over the ship within 5 cables. All ship's crew except for C/O and myself were mustered in the citadel and the citadel doors were closed.

C/O was on the wheel house to manouver the vessel and I was in command of the situation. Both of us were asked by the guards to stay inside the wheel house and the doors were locked from inside. At this point only the four guards were outside in full readiness to fire waiting for insts from me. The fire pumps were started and the hoses sprayed water all over the vessel as a good deterent. However, this also made clear to the pirates that the vessel was in full readiness. When the skiffs were abt
30-40 meters from the ship, the guards showed their weapons and kept hand flares ready. The guards also position to fire. The pirates swa this and also probably saw the razor wires all over the vessel.

After seeing this, the skiffs slowed down their speed and started to drift along with the vessel. I altered course to port trying to keep clear of all of them. Nothing happened for abt 5-6 minutes and then one of the guards contemplated to fire the hand flare as a warning shot but it was not necessary as the skiffs started to fall back. In about 10 minutes all the skiffs aborted their hijack plan and left the........ I called the citadel (steering flat) and asked all crew to muster in the ship's office. Later asked them to be on red alret till morning of 14/Jun.

Some of the crew members were quite responsive while some were afraid which is quite normal. Now we are out of the pirate zone but still keeping watch. ALL IN NORMAL CONDITION NOW AND .......IS PROCEEDING TO SUEZ.................. Pls see attached photo taken by me at abt 1520 hrs Z .....when the guards were getting ready as the number of boats were getting too many to handle.

We have informed the owrs and the flag state. Reports to UKMTO and other parties follows.
 
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syledis

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#12
We had, RPGs, RPKS, AKS, An MG46, onboard at one point,toys everywhere, pity there were all rusty as hell and minging
 
#13
So, how long before the shipping companies think that the PMCs are a cost, and Govt's feel they can do something else with their Navies?
 

The_Duke

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#14
So, how long before the shipping companies think that the PMCs are a cost, and Govt's feel they can do something else with their Navies?
Already happening, certainly on the private sector. For some security companies, what used to be teams of 4 - 6 westerners has reduced to 3 Sri Lankans or Philipinos, same for quality and quantity of weapons. This is all driven by the price that the owners are willing to pay vs the security companies desired profit margins.

I saw a case recently where the three man team was led by a Sri Lankan senior rate. Seems reasonable until you realise that his whole career was as a wardroom steward. His two other team members were also comparably experienced. 2 years ago this company was only providing Ex UKSF or Fleet Protection Group RM.

Of course, the first time a ship with armed guards on board is taken (especially if there is significant loss of life) everyone will start to be more realistic again.
 
#16
Already happening, certainly on the private sector. For some security companies, what used to be teams of 4 - 6 westerners has reduced to 3 Sri Lankans or Philipinos, same for quality and quantity of weapons. This is all driven by the price that the owners are willing to pay vs the security companies desired profit margins.

I saw a case recently where the three man team was led by a Sri Lankan senior rate. Seems reasonable until you realise that his whole career was as a wardroom steward. His two other team members were also comparably experienced. 2 years ago this company was only providing Ex UKSF or Fleet Protection Group RM.

Of course, the first time a ship with armed guards on board is taken (especially if there is significant loss of life) everyone will start to be more realistic again.
To be honest, it was a rhetorical question. Counter-piracy is dead in that part of the world, certainly for Navies that are already stretched. The next big thing will be the Gulf of Guinea, but that's more likely to be training/advisory teams rather than Warships on task*.

And if you're the USN, they'll continue to pull out of the 5th Fleet and head towards the 7th Fleet, especially after the election results in Iran.


Edit - I wonder how rosy life is for all those lads from 43 Cdo or the SBS who jumped when promised mega-bucks to act as maritime security teams?
*Sounds like an ideal task for the Adaptive Force, and the Light Cav specifically, to me.
 
#17
Swissian

I only have two recorded incidents by Armed Somali Gunmen this month, the first off Eritrea on the 3rd June, an unsuccessful boarding of a cargo vessel, and a successful hijack of an Indian Dhow on 05 June, off the port of Bosasso in Somalia. Whilst I agree that the introduction of armed security guards has had a deterrent effect in the region, they have not always acted strictly within IMO guidelines. By this I mean those PSC, predominantly US and a number of UK who have registered themselves, and some highly dubiously armed vessels, with a third party, like Djibouti, or crewed them with heavily armed ex- Russian/Ukrainian Spetznaz, among others. These PSC did not work within the national guidelines suggested by their country of origin.

The International Naval Escort, operating within specific corridor routes, have also had a deterrent effect, but were constrained by operating within their own national parameters.

In the past year, with stronger backing for the Transitional Somali Government, the injection of cash from Western Governments, and better training for police authorities in the country, has led to the arrest and imprisonment of many of the gangs, particularly in Puntland. That said, what originally started out as a fishing dispute during the 1980s and emerged into a highly organised business with trained militias and insurgent groups at the end of the 1990s, could I believe re-emerge again if the Government breaks down.

Interestingly, the emphasis has shifted now to the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa and an increase in attacks against the International oil assets in Nigeria. Whilst the militants of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF) and Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) had figured prominently in attacks against Nigerian owned assets at the beginning of the last decade, their tactics, and those by satellite organisations, now copy those used so successfully by Somali gangs.
 
#19
I've got to ask, what would be the legal repercussions if you hit one of the scrotes? I understand it's a show of firepower over and around the dhow / skiff that scares the cowards off but what would happen if you sneakily lined up on one of them and gave them the good news? Just a sneaky pop to the back of the head as they bravely putted away?
 
#20
Alfred_the_great said:
Edit - I wonder how rosy life is for all those lads from 43 Cdo or the SBS who jumped when promised mega-bucks to act as maritime security teams?
Aparently not so good! Was in a briefing from the RM Branch advisors the other day and all they kept banging on about was how the "Maritime bubble" had burst, everyone was trying to join back up and being told they couldn't.
 

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