posted on Mar, 22 2006 @ 05:43 PM
One of the main problems is that as we've become ever more 'civilised', we've grown increasingly far away from merchants carrying weapons to defen
themselves. This is not a problem, and even a good thing, provided local navies are powerfull enough to prevent any real piracy problems. The
downside is, what do you do when there is no local navy? (or said local navy IS the pirates) Then you wind up in a position where commerce in the
region is relying on a foriegn power to police the area.
As for what is needed to defeat pirates in an area, a well disciplined navy with plenty of surface combatants and VBSS (Visit, Board, Search and
Seizure) capability. Mines cannot tell a pirate ship from anyone else, and a Carrier battle Group just can't get a close enough look to tell if
anyone's a Pirate or not. The only way is to stop a suspicious vessel at sea, send a team over to check them out, and make the determination there.
Or catch them in the act, but even that's not terribly easy.