Saturday, January 03, 2004

Piracy 21 & The Mesopotamian Campaign

One of the things the Coast Guard does that doesn't get a lot of play is anti-piracy duty.

Piracy has been on the rise since the mid 90s and in some parts of the world is unbelievably violent and common.

This is one of the reasons we have the 'big' high endurance cutters, which in addition to their other duties help to keep down piracy and even slavery.

In the Persian Gulf the Navy and Coast Guard are stamping out piracy as this article states. Note that the Firebolt mentioned in the article is one of the Cyclone class Patrol Corvettes that are being gradually turned over to the Coast Guard. Some have mixed Navy & Coast Guard crews and almost all are now under USCG tactical control. The boarding teams in this anti-piracy operation seem to be almost all coasties.

Stamping out nasty murderous pirates is a good thing...but Peter Jennings and Arron Brown aren't going to cover it.

I suppose the reason that this gets little coverage is that Coasties kicking ass and saving the day...isn't really news now is it... :)

Semper Paratus!

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