Somali Piracy

The situation in Somalia involving a Ukrainian freighter loaded with tanks and other weapons seized by pirates last week is continuing to develop in interesting ways; the U.S. Navy presence seems to be growing – as the Voice of America reports, there are now an “unspecified number” of both destroyers and cruisers on site. My educated guess is that that “unspecified number” is “one of each” – the destroyer “USS Howard” (DDG 83) and the cruiser “USS Bunker Hill” (CG-52), which is known to be a part of Combined Task Force 150. At the same time, at least one Russian warship is headed to the area, according to reports – the frigate Neustrashimy.

An English-language television interview with one of the captured crewmembers can be seen below; the footage of pirates appears to be from encounters earlier this year. Of particular interest to me is the pirate seen wielding a samurai sword:

Published in: General, Security | on September 29th, 2008| Comments Off on Somali Piracy

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