It appears that a contingency plan was in effect and a green light for deadly force was approved by the president. As the negotiations appeared to be wearing and the conditions for control of the lifeboat were secure, the ability to take a shot when an opportunity presented itself and the conditions of a green light were pretty much all planned for. SO, the snipers, the best of the best of marksmen, did it with surgery rather than storming the boat as Dave was talking about on another thread.
Now, we need to set up sea lanes where we can keep our eyes on our ships that traverse this area. The fact that the ALABAMA
was heading to Mombasa means that future ships will need an armed escort should this mission be repeated.The pirate spokesmen had this to say
While the outcome was a triumph for America, officials in many countries plagued by pirates said it was not likely to discourage them. Pirates are holding a dozen ships with more than 200 crew members, according to the Malaysia-based International Maritime Bureau.
In Somalia itself, other pirates reacted angrily to the news that Captain Phillips had been rescued, and some said they would avenge the deaths of their colleagues by killing Americans in sea hijackings to come.
“Every country will be treated the way it treats us,” Abdullahi Lami, one of the pirates holding a Greek ship anchored in the pirate den of Gaan, a central Somali town, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying in a telephone interview. “In the future, America will be the one mourning and crying.”
So, they have flung a gauntlet down and we had better respond in kind. I think that a series of well armed 700 hp DONZI's, painted "dazzle" each armed with a 50mm cannon,50 cal chain guns, a brace of suitable G toG rockets, Selectable radars and nav, and a team of "Killer Dolphins", each supported by several"oiler" vessels. Also well need a chopper carrier to carry Stallions and Cobras to do quick interdiction and recon.(AQlso lotsa robotic model airplanes and a suitable "board" of communications. I think that this pirate **** will now become an activity with a central command and (perhaps) several nations pitching in. I think for now we oughta discourage the French until they get with the program of the conditions of rscue.Their Approach to "Storm the attackers " only resulted in the loss of half the hostages in a recent rescue attempt .