Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Somali Pirate Crisis, continued

The stunning return of sea piracy to international prominence continues as an Indian warship, part of a larger international force, attacked and sank a Somali pirate ship in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday.

When the Indian patrol attempted to identify and requested search of the vessel, pirates opened fire. The warship returned fire, devastating and sinking the large pirate ship and chasing off two smaller pirate speedboats. This after the same Indian warship successfully defended a vessel from pirates last week (see photograph).

The Somali pirate crisis has intensified as pirates grow more daring, expanding their reach and targeting larger ships.

(image credit: November 11, 2008 photo, Indian warship INS Tabar escorts the MV Jag Arnav ship after rescuing it from pirate attack, AP Photo/Indian Navy)