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Old 04-26-2009, 10:34 PM   #11
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I sailed international waters for 5 years. The only time you are subject to a country's laws is when you enter there exclusive economic zone (EEZ) which is 200 miles from the claiming country's coast.

If a vessel defends itself in international waters good for them. In my opinion, a contracted security force aboard is about the most sensible thing I have heard in a long time. It only makes sense that a private company would provide some type of protection for it's patrons. Considering the current climate having something more than the "hotel detective" seems more than reasonable.

Kudos to the captain and the security guys.
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Gets kind of sketchy though. Those pirates have RPG's. You start returning fire and they hit you an RPG, it's lights out.
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Although a round or two from an RPG would do some damage. I don't think the cruise ship would be in any real uncontrollable danger. Besidese, the skinnies want to capture it for ransom not destroy it. And I think that a well armed security team could repel the invaders quite handily.
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Originally Posted by notdku View Post
Gets kind of sketchy though. Those pirates have RPG's. You start returning fire and they hit you an RPG, it's lights out.
I think that might depend on the accuracy the pirates have. They're on a smaller boat that is subject to the rolling of the sea. If they're attacking a cruise ship or container ship, those things don't do the "rock and roll" an uncompensated small boat does. Plus, if you're firing on the pirates, they're going to be a little excited and nervous about those incoming rounds. That, alone, would be enough to throw off their aim.

Kudos to the Italians for having the moxie to employ a private security force to protect their assets.....
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Good for the Italians. I hope other countries and companies follow their lead. There's no way the pirates can keep capturing ships if they are all armed and there are NATO naval forces in the area.
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