In search of fresh news at 3am I am typically stuck with international breaking news. To much surprise most of the news has little to do with the US. Over the past few weeks I have become familiar with international current events. If you have been asleep, as I imagine most people are when I am up, there has been a lot of pirate ship news.
In a rare victory over the pirates the Indian Navy Won an encounter off the coast of Somalia. When people think of Navy’s they think of floating cities and gun boats. But the Indian Navy has a boat dedicated to fighting of Piracy.
ABC NEWS in New Dehli is reporting:
Indian navy sinks pirate ship
By Michael Coggan in New Delhi
The Indian navy says it has sunk a pirate ship in the Gulf of Aden after more ships had been hijacked in the region and as pirates continue to hold a Saudi supertanker.
An Indian Navy official says the frigate, INS Tabar, was fired on by pirates off the Somali coast late on Monday (local time).
The warship retaliated and sank the pirate ship.
The hit against pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden comes in the midst of a surge in hijackings.
Another group of pirates is demanding a ransom for a Saudi supertanker carrying $150 million worth of oil.
The East African Seafarers Association says a Thai fishing boat, a Hong Kong registered cargo ship and a Greek bulk carrier were also hijacked by pirates in the Gulf yesterday.
Because of the Pirating problem off the coast of Somalia is so bad other major Navies are weighting in to help also. Bloomberg Japan is Reporting:
Japan May Use Navy to Protect Ships Off Somalia, Nikkei Says
By Toru Fujioka
Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) — Japan may use its navy to protect commercial vessels from pirates in waters off Somalia, Nikkei English News reported, without citing anyone.
A bill allowing the Maritime Self-Defense Force to conduct operations may be submitted to parliament early next year, the report said.
Japan’s navy would be charged with escorting oil tankers and commercial ships of all nationalities to prevent hijackings, the Nikkei said. The use of force in response to pirate attacks would be authorized, Nikkei said.
A Japanese-owned chemical tanker was seized by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said this week. Pirate attacks climbed fivefold in the region in the first nine months of this year as ransom payments spurred raiders to seize more ships, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur.
It seems that the situation off the coast of Somali is worsening. It is apparent the the worlds navies are coming together to ensure that the shipping lanes are open and free from the risk of piracy.