Photos of Italian cargo ship saved from by pirates by both U.S. and British Naval forces (6 Photos)

A British Royal Naval boarding team walks onboard the Montecristo in the Indian Ocean in this photograph received in London on October 11, 2011. U.S. and British naval forces freed the crew of a hijacked Italian cargo ship in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday and captured 11 pirates in a notable success against Somali gangs.


  • Franklin1138

    Ship crews should be armed and trained. They don't have to be soldiers, but at least they could defend themselves against the pirates. Of course the shipping companies are all insured to the point that it makes more sense to let the bad guys win, which doesn't make sense…

    You board MY ship uninvited, you'll be going down faster than Greedo in Star Wars.

    • dave

      Also it severely limits the ports accessible to the armed ships, meaning it's a non-starter. The intelligent, rational way to end piracy is to stop pirates from wanting to be pirates in the first place. Hint: They don't do it because it's fun, but because it's the only way they can feed their families.

  • SomeFriendUR

    Im in favour of a UN death squad patrolling the waters and destroying all pirates on sight.

  • Stan_Dalone

    They armed them in WWII why not now? or maybe there are laws that say maritime shipping cannot be armed?

    • dave

      Not in particular, but armed vessels aren't allowed in many ports around the world, including some major ports. They can't even sail in some territorial waters when armed. So that in itself means it's hardly a solution to the issue.

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