The frigate Rheinland-Pfalz received a distress call early Tuesday from the German-owned ship saying she was under fire from pirates armed with bazookas and machine guns, a statement said.The Germans captured the pirates and have 48 hours to interrogate them. Then what?
The frigate dispatched a helicopter which together with another chopper from the US naval ship Monterey stopped the attempted attack by firing warning shots.
Two hundred years ago, the navies of the world dealt rather harshly with pirates. The result was the virtual elimination of piracy - at least as a major threat. So far there hasn't been much good news on this front.