|The Somali government, along with some foreigners, have been a little up in arms about what the "powers-that-be" should do to fight piracy in places like Africa. They were complaining about the "failure" to fight piracy. There isn't alot of ambiguity to whom they were trying to pointing their fingers at.
Part of it me got to thinking: "What should we do?" at first.
Then I found this post while searching for news on Somali piracy in forums and blogs.
Now I think: "Who are these snotty characters to demand that we fix their backyards"?
[quote]When I say "track every square mile", I'm referring to a technical matter of DTE (detect-to-engage) or in the most appropos scenario, detect to prosecute. I am NOT referring to ROE's if that's what you mean by "aggressive patrolling".
While the US Navy (by US CUSTOM, more than some self-proclaimed UN statute of "international law") aids wayward seafarers, it is under NO obligation to abandon its primary missions to help foreign-flagged vessels under duress. In many cases, it can just pass along the distress call and call it even. Whether it does so or not is up to the Captain. Period. To think otherwise is presumtuous grandstanding.
As far as shipping lanes go, the US Navy, believe it or not, is under NO obligations to keep every other foreign country's shipping safe, ESPECIALLY when they take unnecessary risks.
Perhaps I should repeat that:
The ships getting caught by Somali pirates are KNOWINGLY taking UNNECESSARY risks and expecting others (like the US Navy and ransom payments and insurance) to bail them out of situations brought on by their own stupidity!
Let me explain:
The busiest artery for merchant mariners from the Gluf of Aden, heading EAST, runs to the Straits of Hormuz and the Palk Strait. That "lane" is fairly well patrolled because the US Navy typically uses it whenever there is turnover in the Persian Gulf, the Mediteranean or the Western Pacific and SE Asian deployments. Fifth Fleet EXISTS to watch this particular lane.
The other major artery from the Gulf of Aden, however, runs SOUTH towards the Mozambique channel. The most DIRECT route to the channel traverses the Somali coastline and, for this reason, the US Navy has WARNED merchant vessels and other civilians to circumvent the coastline outside the supposed Somali EEZ. It may take an extra 18-30 hours of steaming, extra operating expenditures like crew pay and gas, but you'll get to your destination more safely.
Do they listen?!
That depends on who you're talking to.
Some civilians and yachters are clueless and don't know how to read maritime warnings.
Some merchant masters are greedy and don't want to spend the extra dough.
Some merchant sailors are impatient and want to go ashore and find some women.
And SOME people are just plain STUPID.
It would alleviate some frustration for people like me if they didn't ENABLE this behaviour by forcing the US Navy to have to spend precious time on IDIOTS who are better left alone to collect their Darwin awards! We're like the world's version of the US Coast Guard that has to save thrill-seekers every time they get their asses in trouble by wind-surfing during a tropical storm![/quote]
There are some "task forces" apparently to fight piracy, but he describes them as, I guess, side-shows outside the "primary mission" for ships within a "geographic region". I don't really understand the concept of "Fifth Fleet" as a "geographic region". Is this true? Any explainations?