Deterring piracy

Presence suppresses piracy.

Naval Forces, a Major Deterrent to Pirate Activity

By Baibhav Mishra

Over 20,000 merchant ships, including ten percent of global oil trade, transit the Gulf of Aden annually. Most of the major maritime nations rely on the free flow of commerce across the high seas, and protecting those flows is the strategic mission naval forces. As long as ships go to sea there will be piracy.

The Gulf of Aden is three times the size of the Gulf of Mexico and requires enormous resources to patrol. To manage the problem, nations must work together to develop the right strategy and provide the resources to confront pirates directly as well as confront the sources of piracy in Somalia and adjoining stretches on the sea.

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