So arming ships doesn't work huh?


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#1 - Italian Cruise Ship Fires on Somali Pirates - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

ROME — An Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fended off a pirate attack far off the coast of Somalia when its Israeli private security forces exchanged fire with the bandits and drove them away, the commander said Sunday.
Kind of puts a lie to the notion that more guns = more deaths. Looks like the pirates bit off more then they could chew and left.


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I heard about that too. I didn't even think about cruise ships when all this pirating talk was going on a few weeks ago.

One thing is for sure, if I'm ever looking to go on a cruise in the near future one of the first questions I'd ask would be "Do you have armed guards on board?"


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Kind of puts a lie to the notion that more guns = more deaths. Looks like the pirates bit off more then they could chew and left.
Naw it doesn't. The cruiseship being captured would likely not have resulted in any casualties either. Now there's one passenger lightly wounded due to the gun fight.. could have been much worse.

Doesn't mean I don't approve of guarding your ship though.. definitily +1 for the cruise ship.


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the owners of the transport ships say its not cost efficient to have armed units
they said they rather pay the ransom then increased cost of insurance.

Israeli private security forces
I' wouldn't mind having them on any ship I was on... they def highly trained
Pirate weaponry is no match for giant cruise ship weaponry. You'd think they get the message not to attack any large ship in those waters but no.


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Well, it is good to see they have got professionals in to do the job instead of trying to do it themselves.


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Captain Richard Phillips, who was held captive recently is now calling for ships to be able to arm themselves.

Rescued captain: Arm ships against piracy - Somalia-

He wants the actual crew to have the weapons, not hired help.
I agree with him that they need to be armed. I can see from his point of view as a captain of a ship that he would not want to relinquish command to hired help. Since a captain of a ship such as that one would have much more experience in those kinds of waters, and since he is ultimately responsible for the ship's cargo, I think too much confusion and a power struggle could ensue if there's a conflict between him and the hired help.

Mod Edit: Thank you very much - Sui
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Hell, It's about time!
Well today Captain Phillips came out and said that ships should be armed.

Capt. Phillips calls for arming ship officers -

I think the companies could train the crews in the use of guns, and keep a weapons locker aboard which could only be opened if pirates take over.

Simple solution... people think its too hard :rolleyes:

Edit: Lol look what happens when I dont read the thread :lol:
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A simple solution would be to send in the navy and bomb the f out of those pirate vessels..

But apparently that's not allowed. I remember like 2 weeks ago the Dutch navy caught some pirates, but had to let them go because the NATO didn't have jurisdiction over these waters :stare: