Thursday, 1 April 2010

Think Again – Blackhawk (1998)

Reported by CNN, the USS Nicholas came under attack from pirates around midnight on Thursday April 1st in the Indian Ocean. The fire fight took place in international waters west of the Seychelles and ended with the sinking of the pirate boat. Also, the U.S. Navy has confirmed they captured five pirate suspects as well as their mother ship.

This story comes on the heels of a similar incident off the coast of Somalia where one pirate was killed and another six were arrested after a confrontation with a merchant ship. Therefore in the last few weeks dangerous piracy attempts were faced and circumvented by both a private merchant and the U.S. Navy. These two instances demonstrate the low tolerance and swift actions ships have been forced to take when dealing with potential pirate vessels.

Are these just small victories in a seemingly out of control war or are they signs real change is taking place?

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