Thursday, September 09, 2010

US Marines Kick (Pirate) Ass

Some good news from the fight against Somali piracy. Maritime Raid Force Recaptures Ship From Pirates
MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- At approximately 5 a.m. local time, Sept. 9, 24 U.S. Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force (MRF) aboard USS Dubuque (LPD 8) operating under Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), boarded and seized control of Antigua-Barbuda-flagged, German–owned vessel M/V Magellan Star from pirates who attacked and boarded the vessel early Sept 8.

This successful mission by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) secured the safety of the ship's crew and returned control of the ship to the civilian mariners. Nine pirates are currently under control of CTF 151, pending further disposition. This ship's crew has not reported any injuries or casualties. There were no reported injuries from the U.S. Maritime Raid Force.
The key to ending piracy is to change the nature of the risk/reward ratio. In recent years it has been all reward (very large rewards in many cases) and little to no risk. But lately that has begun to change, as more pirates are killed or captured.

There is still too much reward, still too many successful pirate attacks and there are still too many hostages in Somalia.

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