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Something Fishy About Somali Piracy

Lately, the ships of Combined Task Force 150 have been doing a seemingly lackluster job of curtailing piracy off the coast of Somalia. The news of an Indian warship destroying one pirate vessel and capturing another would at first seem to be an exception… but I can’t seem to find any evidence that the Indian vessel is actually attached to CTF 150; it appears to be part of an entirely independent, Indian deployment, similar to the much-discussed Russian warships, which are also acting alone and not as part of the task force.

To be fair, members of CTF 150 do have seemed to do the odd bit now and then – usually monitoring merchant vessels after they’ve been captured, alas. Yet, as the recent surge in piracy shows, their presence is having little meaningful effect on the problem, which raises the question “why?”.
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Published in: General, Security | on November 19th, 2008 | 3 Comments »